Men­zshed steps closer to re­al­ity


‘‘Men en­joy­ing each other's com­pany is a huge com­po­nent of this ini­tia­tive.’’ Kim Spencer-McDon­ald

An­other step for­ward has been taken in es­tab­lish­ing a Men­zshed in Lums­den.

An open day, start­ing with morn­ing tea fol­lowed by Neil McArthur from Alexan­dra’s Men­zshed an­swer­ing any ques­tions from men who are in­ter­ested in get­ting in­volved, will be held next week.

Northern Southland Com­mu­nity Re­source Cen­tre Char­i­ta­ble Trust com­mu­nity co-or­di­na­tor Kim Spencer-McDon­ald said the dis­cus­sion will give ideas and pro­vide a fo­cus for the lo­cal group.

‘‘The Alexan­dra group has done many projects in the com­mu­nity, like build­ing a fence at the lo­cal pri­mary school,’’ she said.

Other Men­zsheds, such as at Mataura and Ohai, have been in­volved in projects such as mend­ing bikes and lawn mow­ers, and sharp­en­ing knives.

‘‘The lo­cal trust is very keen to get this started.’’

‘‘It is a spe­cial place for re­tired men to gather, pot­ter and share skills which oth­ers can ben­e­fit from,’’ she said.

Added En­ergy Ltd owner Alf Ma­clean said he is an avid sup­porter of the project, and has pro­vided a space for the Men­zshed at Lums­den.

‘‘I have had no in­volve­ment in or­gan­is­ing it, but we have room in our shed to share, that is not be­ing fully utilised, where the men can gather and we can share re­sources.

‘‘There is equip­ment in the shed which will be avail­able for their use, but I ex­pect they will sup­ply their own mostly.’’

Spencer-McDon­ald said she ap­pre­ci­ated Ma­clean of­fer­ing his space, ‘‘which makes it all pos­si­ble’’.

‘‘Men en­joy­ing each other’s com­pany is a huge com­po­nent of this ini­tia­tive,’’ she said.

Lums­den res­i­dent Wal­lace Drum­mond has made a pic­nic ta­ble and do­nated it to the Men­zshed.

‘‘I am not go­ing to get in­volved with the project be­cause I am very busy al­ready, but I am happy to sup­port it,’’ he said.

‘‘I have given them some tools and equip­ment to help with set­ting up.’’

Spencer-McDon­ald said any men with free time are wel­come to come to the open day at their venue, 7 Pluto St, on Wed­nes­day Oc­to­ber 18 from 10.30am.

‘‘This is an ex­cit­ing time for men in the Northern Southland area, as it has so much po­ten­tial for good in the com­mu­nity, as well as pro­vid­ing com­pan­ion­ship and the op­por­tu­nity to learn a new set of skills for some.’’

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