Tea and tinkering, men back at the shed

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Catching up over a cup of tea last week at the Ashburton Menz Shed were (from left) Keith Robertson, Richard Durie, Murray Page, Dalvyn Burrowes and Michael O'Callaghan.

It’s been a month between cups of tea and banter at the Ashburton Menz Shed, but last week the boys were back.

Socialising is a big part of the Menz Shed concept and time is always taken to sit down to catch up over morning tea.

After a month’s lay off, shed members are back at work on a variety of woodworking and engineering projects.

Projects are done for themselves and for the community and most involve some collective input.

Ashburton Menz Shed president Richard Durie said the shed was operating under Level 2 rules and members were happy to be able to come together again.

The shed was about friendship and tinkering on projects.

Membership was more than 50 and most members were retired.

Advice and ideas for projects or repair work were shared liberally and help was always at hand, Mr Durie said.

The shed complex on William Street has dedicated work areas with spaces for engineering, carpentry, and operating machinery.

It is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 9am until 2pm.

Prospective new members are welcome to check out the facilities and meet the friendly bunch who spend time there.