The recent and ongoing bushfires in our beautiful country have been a sobering reminder of ‘her beauty and her terror’, visited upon people, homes, stock and wildlife. The response across Australia helping all those affected has been so wonderful. With our native animals in crisis the Shed has possum, bird and microbat nesting boxes available to anyone interested in helping out in this way.
Your Helensburgh Men’s Shed celebrated our first Open Day with a sausage sizzle, cakes, drinks, tours of the Shed and great conversations with members of the 2508 community. Lee Evans, his lovely wife Gail and Mayor Gordon Bradbery popped in for a looksee as well.
The Shed has been quite busy with the Open Day, the CWA’s Festival of Flight and the Lion’s Country Fair, and it has been very rewarding to join with and assist Helensburgh and Stanwell Park organisations in this way.
The Men's Shed movement is all about improving men’s wellbeing by doing something useful together. Helensburgh Men’s Shed recently sent two blokes to the Australian Men’s Shed Association Gathering at Adelaide to help us continue doing this well. This is one advantage among many of belonging to AMSA. Highlights included hearing that the Irish (400 sheds) and Icelanders (3 sheds) are very grateful to model their sheds on Aussie ones.
I am often asked, ‘What do you guys do at the Shed?’ (‘Tinkering’ is a phrase that often offends; tinker indeed!) Yes, we make wood and metal articles, toy’s, furniture, animal homes, repair things, make dreams into reality.
But here’s the thing. We also talk. A lot. About man stuff. About the dark places we may have been. The brokenness of humans, and if they can be fixed (yes, they can).