Kyabram Free Press

Men's Shed ready for Plants and Goods Sale

- By Zac Standish

A beloved part of the local community, the Kyabram Men’s Shed is looking to get back on its feet following what has been an incredibly challengin­g 18 months.

Showcasing their recent work, the Men’s Shed members will be running a Plants and Goods Sale next Saturday as they look to raise the funds needed to continue their operation, which serves the community so well.

Kyabram Men’s Shed president Paddy Turner explained the inspiratio­n behind this upcoming event.

“We at the Ky Men’s Shed are fully self-funded, and I acknowledg­e from the start we get a really good deal on our rent from the KCLC, but it has been really difficult over the last 18 months to fundraise,” Mr Turner said.

“Normally we would do at least three or four sausage sizzles at Bunnings over the year and that would be our main way of making money, but in the last little while those obviously haven’t happened so with everything now opening up again we need to get some money back through the accounts and the idea of this is to sell a few things we have made in shed.

“This is something we would usually do at the Bush Market, but that’s not happening this year so this sale is a way of us going out and doing it on our own.”

Mr Turner outlined some of the products on offer.

“We have got a variety of plants on offer and we will be keeping our prices at a minimum for the locals — there will also be some flowers and veggies and things, so a nice mixture,” he said.

“Then for the goods we also make the Ky Fruit Boxes, which we have been making for years and lots of people buy those, we have our little play kitchens for kids and with Christmas not far away they make a great present, so that is the kind of stuff we have in mind.”

Having to either cease operations or work at a heavily reduced capacity for much of the past 18 months, Mr Turner detailed just how tough the pandemic had been on the Men’s Shed.

“We have had a couple of times where we have just had to shut and that’s had a big effect on some of the members,” he said.

“The big thing is we would normally be doing small jobs for people in the community that we would charge a fairly minimal fair fee for and that would just keep the funds ticking over and then we would get the big boosts from barbecues at Bunnings.

“The difficult thing for us has been even if we are or aren’t here our main expenses stay the same, so that can cause a little bit of concern sometimes.”

Mr Turner highlighte­d the benefits the Men’s Shed provided to the community.

“There is the fact that the Men’s Shed is a safe environmen­t for anyone that wants to come, you can come and make stuff, grow vegetables or have a cup of tea and we are open three days, so you can come for as long as you want over that time,” he said.

“We will also do those little jobs perhaps a tradie doesn’t necessaril­y want to do because it is too small a job and that is how we balance what work we do and don’t take.”

The Plants and Goods Sale will take place at the shed from 9am to noon on Saturday, November 13.

 ?? ?? Serving the community: Linke and Colin Brisbane.
Kyabram Men’s Shed president Paddy Turner with loyal members Colin
Serving the community: Linke and Colin Brisbane. Kyabram Men’s Shed president Paddy Turner with loyal members Colin

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