Super-sized shed shifted to new home

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By Mick Jensen

Ashburton Menz Shed has relocated a large, stored building to its new site on William Street and members hope to be operating out of it in two months.

The former Grieves Transport building, gifted to the Menz Shed and stored on ACL land for the last 12 months, was moved by truck at 5am on Monday. It was placed on one half of a concrete pad that was laid two weeks ago.

A similar sized lean-to, also gifted to the group, will be erected on the other half of the pad over the coming weeks.

The combined space will provide around 400m2 of workshop and social space for the Menz Shed.

Ashburton Menz Shed chairman Stu Dunlop said the relocation exercise had gone without a hitch.

It was the start of an exciting new chapter for the group, which “had only been “established in 2014.

Mr Dunlop said membership currently stood at a healthy 70.

“We hope to be in and operating in our new premises some time in March, if all goes to plan.”

He said the group was grateful to all of its supporters, including the likes of ACL and Ashburton council.

The Menz Shed has a two-year, rent-free lease on the William Street council-owned land. It will be charged just $1500 per annum after that.