Somewhere for the guys

SVEN HERSELMAN
Last updated 06:50 31/10/2012

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As of today Renwick will have its own Menz Shed, with the official opening tonight at the Anglican Parish of Wairau from 7pm.

The driving force behind the creation of the shed has been parish vicar the Rev Steve Allcutt.

‘The idea came about after I attended a seminar on suicide in men and I found out that incidences increase with men just after retirement," Steve said.

"One of the main reasons is that men often lose their social connections when they stop working; this Menz Shed will be a way for them to keep an active social life."

He mentioned his idea to a member of the Anglican Diocese and not long after that funding of $10,000 was made available for the purchase of a kit shed.

Members of the parish, including professional builders, kindly offered their time to build the shed, with work taking just over two months.

"We were very lucky to have guys who were prepared to give their free time.

"We also had a Renwick electrician who sponsored all the wiring and installed it," Steve said.

"Improvements were also made, with clear sections of roofing being put in to get more light into the shed and polystyrene put into the concrete floor, which has made the shed much warmer than usual."

The wiring has also been planned to avoid power cables on the floor and to allow extra power points to be added in the future.

The next job will be for the new members of the shed to install the workbenches, with Marlborough businesses being encouraged to help out with the donation of materials.

"I'm really pleased with what the guys have achieved, and I encourage Renwick men to join the shed," Steve said.

The opening will be attended by Waimea Menz Shed shed supervisor Alan Kissell and Marlborough District Council member Frances Maher, who will officially open the shed.

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- The Marlborough Express

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