Blokes shed

Whangarei Report - - OPINION -

There ex­ists both a phys­i­cal and a cere­bral con­nec­tion be­tween the Men’s Shed or­gan­i­sa­tion and a rail­way sta­tion.

The ar­rivals and de­par­tures that take place is one ob­vi­ous ex­am­ple.

The sig­nif­i­cance of the plat­form that, on the one hand, al­lows pas­sen­gers ac­cess to the trains and, on the other hand, gives a start­ing point for mem­bers of the Men’s Shed to move for­ward in learn­ing and so­cial­is­ing with their peers.

Yet an­other sim­i­lar­ity is the on-go­ing ap­peal about sta­tions and rail­way that seems to at­tract not only all ages but also both sexes.

A shed de­signed for men has also appealed to both men and women for gen­er­a­tions — for dif­fer­ent rea­sons.

The ben­e­fits are ob­vi­ously quite dis­sim­i­lar, but at the same time pos­i­tive for both gen­ders.

For the ladies, the re­moval of their “other half” from un­der their feet for a few hours ful­fils a dual role — “He’s en­joy­ing him­self and so am I.”

Nes­tled in the shunt­ing yards and con­tain­ers at the end of Rail­way Street in cen­tral Whanga¯rei is the re­cently re­stored Whanga¯rei Rail­way Sta­tion, pur­chased from the Whanga¯rei Dis­trict Coun­cil in 2013 by Whanga¯rei Men’s Shed.

It has been lov­ingly ren­o­vated to its orig­i­nal 1926 de­sign. It is a Her­itage-clas­si­fied build­ing. Inside, it con­tains four de­signed and equipped work­shops which are de­light­ing hob­by­ists, trades­peo­ple and as­pir­ing handy­men.

All this is com­bined with a new cafe­te­ria and the last word in toi­lets, show­ers and the nec­es­sary hot and cold run­ning.

This new Whanga¯ rei fa­cil­ity is the equal of any of the hun­dred odd Sheds in this coun­try and an­other ad­di­tion to the grow­ing at­trac­tions in the Whanga¯rei area where ser­vice comes be­fore self.

The projects that the Whanga¯rei Mens Shed un­der­take for non-profit agen­cies in our com­mu­nity are the em­bod­i­ment of what Men’s Sheds stands for — giv­ing to so­ci­ety the plea­sure that our mem­bers share in, by fill­ing a need.

For a no obli­ga­tion tour of the Shed call 09 438-3925.

_ Mike Mansell Whanga¯ rei Men’s Shed

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