Lochaber WAB visits Men’s Shed

Group: Meredith Burge (left), Glenice Bourne, Brian Buckle, Lynette Williams, Harold Leech (hidden), Paola Zilm, Marie Blacker, Jan Boord, Otto Modra, Claire Williams, Lyn Bellman, David McRostie, David Law and Rosemary Miller.
Group: Meredith Burge (left), Glenice Bourne, Brian Buckle, Lynette Williams, Harold Leech (hidden), Paola Zilm, Marie Blacker, Jan Boord, Otto Modra, Claire Williams, Lyn Bellman, David McRostie, David Law and Rosemary Miller.

Lochaber WAB members were hosted by members of the Naracoorte Men’s Shed for their October meeting.

They inspected the impressive community facility including their extensively equipped workshop and comfortable meeting area.

The long awaited and carefully planned Naracoorte District Men’s Shed has become a valuable meeting place and activity area for the current 48 members and others where they can come for companionship and to participate in the numerous and unlimited activities such as making fishing lures, model ships, furniture mending, welding, general wood craft to mention a few.

Businesses, individuals and organisations have recognised the value of the men’s shed to retired members of the community who are keen to continue using their skills or wish to learn new skills and have happily donated cupboards/fittings/furniture etc for use at the men’s shed.

Generous donations of materials and skills from goods and services providers in Naracoorte and the South East throughout the building process together with individual donations, council and federal government grants and the ‘Scrimber Sponsors’ Project funding the cladding with $30 donations saw the five year project come to fruition with outstanding results.

As one of the 1000 Men’s Sheds in Australia, the Naracoorte members have already made an impression with our youngest community members by constructing mud kitchens for two local kindergartens. A current project has been to split Chep pallets into kindling and sell to community members.

The motto of the Australian Men’s Shed Association ’Shoulder to Shoulder’ practice a policy of no restrictions on gender, age or skills and welcome members and others to use the facility at any time that members are present.

WAB member Lyn Bellman moved a vote of thanks presenting hosting members with home made biscuits. Men’s Shed members then served WAB ladies with morning tea followed by a tour of their workshop.

A walk through the community garden adjoining the Men’s Shed site created interesting discussions identifying the vegetables growing.

The monthly meeting was then held at the Sheep’s Back Museum followed by a tour through the museum and grounds. WAB applauds the extensive work of the volunteers setting up the museum exhibits and extending and maintaining the buildings and displays on the grounds.