Searching for shed perfection

22:39, Sep 01 2012
Allan Waghorn Ken Bowie
COUNTER CHECK: Allan Waghorn and Ken Bowie examine some of the contents of a shed featured in the Blokes and Sheds Bus Tour.

Southland blokes and blokettes with a passion for sheds are gearing up for the annual Blokes and Sheds Bus tour.

Part-time accountant and tour manager Ken Bowie spends about five weeks in search of the perfect sheds to include in the tour, organised by Southland Boys' High School PTA.

When deciding which sheds to include he took into account the bloke, the shed and the contents of the shed.

"A good combination and interesting bits and pieces always makes for a memorable visit," he said.

He was never stuck for places to look because people were always passing him and names and numbers of people with great sheds.

"So far the tour had visited 60 sheds in and around Invercargill and it had only doubled up once," he said.


Now in its 12th year, the tour, which raises about $4000 each year for Boys’ High, was a popular Father’s day present, he said.

"The PTA uses the funds to buy extra equipment the school needs," he said.

The mystery tour attracted between 150 and 180 blokes, and the same was expected this year, he said.

There could be about four bus loads of people, he said.

This year the tour would make some additional stops along its route.

Tour-goers on September 9 would enjoy the olympic touch, arts, vintage and model vehicles, as well as the usual sausage sizzle, he said.

The tour will leave Boy's High at 11am and return at about 5pm.

The Southland Times