Shedding some light
filing cabinet, radio, old towels and kitchenware would be useful.
Thanks to $9500 from the ILT, and various discounts and help in kind from other generous businesses around town, Menzshed is poised to become a valuable community asset.
Any projects we could help with, please advise, although our constitution prevents competition with local businesses.
So is MenzShed one of the last bastions of ‘‘blokemanship’’?
As many traditional ‘‘men only’’ organisations during the years have opened their doors to women, each individual shed has the option of doing so, or not.
At present, Invercargill Menzshed plans to ‘‘stick to its knitting’’ and get up and running for men, as the name implies.
We are still in ‘‘boyhood’’ mode, but before you cast a politically incorrect eye at us, consider this: on the front of the building, alongside the plaque commemorating the opening of the ‘‘Rest Rooms’’ by civic dignitories in 1927, is another plaque dedicating it to ‘‘The pioneer women of Southland’’!
It has been the Plunket Rooms, and at the Clyde St end of the building, you will see a sign advising of the presence of ‘‘Pregnancy Help’’. Perhaps a last bastion of womanhood has been breached by men?
Ken Bowie is a committee member for the Invercargill Menzshed.