Menz Shed up and running

SVEN HERSELMAN
Last updated 07:04 31/01/2013

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The Blenheim Menz Shed has begun to get into its stride as work on the interior of its building gets under way and their first fundraising project takes shape.

The shed was officially opened on November 17 last year followed by a membership drive. By Wednesday last week the membership sat at 23 with the shed into its second fully operational week.

"Things are going really well and we are very pleased with the number of members so far," said Menz Shed steering committee member and REAP Marlborough community education organiser, Ailsa Carey.

"The shed now has a management committee going and there are several members who are taking strong leadership roles, which is great because they can now run the shed themselves."

Donations for the construction of work benches in the shed have begun to come in with work on them already beginning.

One of the main aims of the shed is to do fundraising projects, with the first - cutting 350 wine barrels in half for the Marlborough Stroke Club - set to start today.

"Pernod Ricard donate wine barrels to a charity once a year and this year they have given them to us. We are then getting the Menz Shed to cut them in half for us and we will then sell them, with the Menz Shed getting a donation for the work they do," explained Marlborough Stroke Club president, Pete Carpenter.

The shed does not operate as a business but does work for donations, which are then used to fund their activities and projects.

"We have a lot of great ideas for projects and work we want to do," said Blenheim Menz Shed member Mark Burden.

The shed is currently open on Wednesdays from 9am till noon with plans to extend these hours as membership and projects grow. New members are welcome and anyone interested can contact Ailsa at REAP on 03 578 7848 or just head down to the shed on Wednesday morning. Membership is $25 a year.

The Men's Shed movement is rapidly growing in Marlborough with sheds already established in Picton and Kaikoura and one opened in Renwick in October.

The sheds offer a social connection for men, primarily retirees, although all ages are welcome.

The men can meet and work on projects together, using the skills they have acquired over their lives as well as learning new ones.

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- The Marlborough Express

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