Funding boost for the Stroud Men’s Shed

Joe Harris, Max Grills, Mick Collins, Eric White, Glenn Cummings, David Gillespie MP, Ross Godber, Wayne Guise, Gordon Aubrey discuss the Men's Shed latest funding boost and their activities.
Joe Harris, Max Grills, Mick Collins, Eric White, Glenn Cummings, David Gillespie MP, Ross Godber, Wayne Guise, Gordon Aubrey discuss the Men's Shed latest funding boost and their activities.

From repairing much-loved rocking chairs to creating the popular wooden picnic table sets it has become renowned for, the members of the Stroud Mens Shed will tackle any job.

The club which formed in 2010 has around 20 members with an active membership so healthy they meet twice weekly in their shed behind the courthouse in Cowper Street.

What started as a get together in an old tin shed has grown into a fully operational building with three phase power and running water and a second building thanks to the funding from Stratford Coal.

Secretary Eric White said the group was a good mix of local men, some married, some single and with varying health among the group. All share a desire pass their skills on to others, learn new things, or just catch up regularly with other men for fellowship.

“New members are always welcome to come along, there’s always something happening,’ he said.

The group builds picnic table sets for three major raffles each year and for special orders.

They are currently working on restoring an old rowing boat the playgroup uses as a pirate ship.

“We’re pretty willing to tackle any project people bring in to us,” said Mr White.

Recently the Federal Member for Lyne, Dr David Gillespie, paid the men a visit to deliver a $4,500 cheque to buy a drum sander and a defibrillator.