Men’s shed opens doors

Augusta Margaret River Times
The Margaret River Men's Shed throws its doors open on Sunday and all are welcome. Pictured are members Noel Bodley, Mark Owen, Simon Pemberton, and Terry Hutchings.
Camera IconThe Margaret River Men's Shed throws its doors open on Sunday and all are welcome. Pictured are members Noel Bodley, Mark Owen, Simon Pemberton, and Terry Hutchings. Credit: Warren Hately

The Margaret River Men’s Shed will throw open its historic doors this Sunday.

The open day for the community will see the men and their supporters host information sessions and display items created by the shed’s local craftsmen.

Shed chairman Terry Hutchings said all in the community were welcome.

“Quirky, interesting, talented, and with varying skills — some members have traditional professional trade backgrounds and experience,” he said.

“These they willingly share, to help those whose backgrounds may be different.

“During the open day, you can see many of the items members have made and contributed to schools and community institutions.”

Some of the creations includejarrah benches and nesting boxes for native wildlife.

The group has also organised discounted coffee and refreshments with the help of their neighbours at The Hairy Marron.

Since setting up about two years ago, the Margaret River Men’s Shed has contributed more than $20,000 in time and community assets.

The star of the show will be the historic blacksmith’s shed, which still houses traditional woodworking gear.

“Much of it has been donated by members, community entities and generous businesses,” Mr Hutchings said.

“Many of the tools have been ‘rescued’ from deceased estates where the surviving partner no longer has a use for them. While some tools might genuinely be classified as ‘vintage’, all are considered extremely useful.”

Mr Hutchings said he hoped residents would consider a visit once this weekend’s AFL grand final festivities were out of the way. The group is always open to new members and Mr Hutchings reassured visitors it was a welcoming space for any adults.

“The Margaret River Men’s Shed provides a welcome, participating environment, where shared skills and experience positively contribute to and enhance the mental health and wellbeing of those needing support or assistance,” he said.

The men’s shed is based for now at the Old Settlement and the open day runs from 10am-12.30pm There’s easy access via Higgins Street.

Sales on the day will be cash only.

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