Men­zshed in spot­light

Blokes with ham­mers pro­duc­ing use­ful ser­vices and re­pairs for the com­mu­nity

Bush Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - By STEVE CARLE´

Na­tional Men­zshed Week re­cently brought the Pahiatua Men­zshed into the lime­light.

The lo­cal group has been go­ing for 18 months now.

A lot of time has been spent re­or­gan­is­ing the premises at the rear of the Youth Ser­vices build­ing at 183 Main Street, Pahiatua. Projects to date in­clude re­pair­ing a deck and re­fur­bish­ing 60m of seat­ing at Tararua Col­lege — this has been the big­gest project.

A mini li­brary has been built out­side Pahiatua Help ‘n Hand. Peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties have been as­sisted, with some ex­am­ples be­ing put­ty­ing win­dows and erect­ing a gazebo. Sand­wich boards were made and painted for the Chil­dren’s Day at Car­ni­val Park in March. Light­ing was in­stalled at the Pahiatua Marae re­cently.

A long-term project at the mo­ment is re­fur­bish­ing the bench seats in Pahiatua’s town squares. The moss and mould is cleaned off, miss­ing tim­ber is re­placed and then they are painted in bright colours, with some busi­nesses choos­ing the colours out­side their shops.

“The team at the Men­zshed can turn their hands to all sorts of things,” says chair­man Ken Rus­sell. “New mem­bers are wel­come to join us.”

En­try is down the al­ley­way next to Pahiatua Chris­tian Fel­low­ship Church, and it’s open days Tues­days and Thurs­days from 1.30 to 4pm. There is al­ways a cuppa at 3pm. The pub­lic is wel­come to come and have a look around.

Muck­ing in: Graeme Couch (trea­surer,) Kevin Shaw, Ge­orge Baker, Ken rus­sell (chair­man,) and Vince Charlesworth (sec­re­tary.)

A bench seat from Pahiatua’s Main Street be­fore restora­tion.

Brightly painted bench seat af­ter restora­tion.

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