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.’’