Men’s Shed outgrowing Midland premises

Men’s Shed members Keith Donetta, Rob Cutter and Arthur Lambert. Picture: Bruce Hunt www.communitypix.com.au d398281
Men’s Shed members Keith Donetta, Rob Cutter and Arthur Lambert. Picture: Bruce Hunt www.communitypix.com.au d398281

Men’s Shed secretary Kevin Buckland said membership had doubled to well over 100 in the past 12 months.

‘We have investigated various sites for a new shed,’ he said.

‘And we remain a member of the Swan Trades and Crafts Alliance, for which the City of Swan was considering a joint complex to house several groups with similar interests.

‘The complex is still in the initial planning stages and a lot of work has to be done to raise funds,’ he said.

From restoration of old cars, model trains and steam engines to photography and wood carving projects, men from across the region come together weekly to use their skills and to socialise.

Each month, a guest speaker talks about such issues as men’s health and facilities for seniors.

Shed members also regularly join a seniors group from the Brown Park Recreation Centre in Swan View for excursions.

These have included a trip to the Hugh Manning Tractor Museum in Serpentine and a canal cruise in Mandurah.

‘We have also been involved in projects away from the shed, including Perth City Farm in East Perth and Swan Christian College in Middle Swan,’ Mr Buckland said.

He said the City first approached the Bellevue Baptist Church to consider operating a men’s shed in the Midland area.

Members of other WA sheds, Rotary and Lions clubs and other interest groups, such as woodturners, metal workers, the Machinery Preservation Group and local churches, attended some early talks and public meetings to get the Midland shed project under way.

The Bellevue Baptist Church agreed to support the concept on land adjacent to the church and an interim operation in the church hall.

That was in July 2010.

Mr Buckland said now the projects at the shed provide members with opportunities to put their skills to good use for others in need.

‘We have also prepared more than 250 bikes for the Bikes for Humanity Scheme,’ he said.

He said the group’s success had showed an actual shed was not necessary ” but ‘would be nice’.

‘We must stress that even when we do have an operating shed, the social mornings on Tuesday in the church hall will be retained,’ he said.

To contact the Men’s Shed in Midland, call Mr Buckland on 9274 1693 or 0417 961 971.