Why the Tamworth Men's Shed is far more than just a place to go

Last Sunday, August 5, saw in the words of the President, the first ever, self-catered function by the Tamworth Men’s Shed. 

Helping hand: The luncheon also raised money for the 'R U Aware We Care' campaign in aid of drought-stricken farmers.

Helping hand: The luncheon also raised money for the 'R U Aware We Care' campaign in aid of drought-stricken farmers.

The committee decided that the shed members and their wives should have a luncheon just prior to this year’s AGM. After much discussion details emerged of a luncheon to be held at the Men’s, catered by the members, and attended by members and their partners. 

Men's shed luncheon: The running theme was eat, drink and be merry.

Men's shed luncheon: The running theme was eat, drink and be merry.

The luncheon started off sedately until the main organiser Mark Smith turned up with some wine. He had produced labels for each bottle with names like “Shed Red”, “Woody’s White”, “Flogger’s Folly” etc. The descriptions were comical reflections of the antics and characters at the shed. Mark was also the self-appointed MC for the day, as well as the chef for the lunch producing four Slow Cookers full of great food.

Gary Courtney couldn’t resist the temptation to do something for the farmers and held a multi-draw raffle yielding $100 for the cause. This will go to the Are U Aware We Care fundraiser.

The President David Greenland gave a short address welcoming the Max Maugham, the Zone Representative and his wife and thanking them for taking the time to join us. He then outlined the progress that the shed has made over the last twelve months. Mr Greenland thanked all the past members, most of whom are no longer with us, for their initiative and hard work in getting the shed to where it is today.

Three long standing members, Geoff Allen, Les Taylor and Phillip Crossing were in attendance. He thanked the current members for their support and hard work and presented the first “Shedder of the Year” perpetual shield to Les Thurkettle saying that he was the spark that got the shed really moving. Les also supplied an array of cakes and slices for dessert.

Mr Greenland declared that this would be a regular annual event as it allowed the wives to see where the men go and what they do, as well as who they hang out with.

Les Taylor entertained the group with some jokes (all clean) and Di Taylor thanked the shed for putting the luncheon on and said that it was good to see where the men went, she also said that it was good that they had somewhere to go so they were out from under the wives’ feet.

From there it was eat drink and be merry with lots of conversation lasting well into the afternoon. Anyone thinking of taking an interest in the Men’s Shed and its activities, please come along and take a look, have a chat and a cuppa.

The Shed is open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday each week from 9:30am to 1:30pm. The AGM will be held this Saturday August 11, at 9.30am

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