Men’s Shed opens its doors for business
Posted at 11:39am Tuesday 04 Jun, 2019
More than 200 people turned up on Saturday, May 25 for the official opening of the first Men's Shed in Warkworth.
Among those attending was Trevor Managh, 90, who brought some of the wooden toys he has made – a hobby he has enjoyed for the last 15 years.
Trevor says while he has a well-equipped workshop at home, the great thing about the Men's Shed is that it provides the opportunity to socialise with others sharing similar interests.
Men's Shed chairman Barry Thompson says after months of work, locals have transformed a dirty, cluttered storage shed into a “men's thing of beauty” – a workshop with lots of seriously useful, noisy toys.
“The encouragement of the A&P Society in providing a venue and the support of community organisations and the Local Board have meant so much. Now we are ready to pay it forward,” he says.
The community space, located behind the Kowhai Art & Craft Centre at the Warkworth Showgrounds, provides men and women with access to a range of woodworking and engineering tools.
They can use the shed to work on personal or community projects.
The shed is open from 9.30am until 2pm, on Mondays and Thursdays.
Regular training days are planned for Wednesdays to ensure shed members have the skills to operate machinery safely.
To join the Men's Shed costs $50 and the annual membership fee is $50.