Shed­ding some light

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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.

RE­BECCA MOORE/STUFF

Ken Bowie

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