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How Men’s Shed hammers out social fun

WHILE they are happy to work on both individual and community woodworking projects, members of the Granville Men’s Shed also enjoy getting together for a social activity day each week which can include excursions, barbecues and presentations.

IN July this year, the Granville Men’s Shed will celebrate their 12th birthday.

Secretary Willem Tibben said that from the very beginning, they’ve had a social program as well as the hands-on activities that men’s sheds were best known for.
“So it’s not all hammering and sawdust making,” he said.
“Our social program has been a feature of how we operate since day one.”
“We plan the Thursday program in six monthly blocks so that members know what will be happening on any given Thursday.”

Mr Tibben says each month they have a presentation on topics of interest with a focus on healthy living and positive ageing.
“For example, this month the presentation was by the Cancer Council on the five most common cancers, how to recognise them and what to do to minimise risk,” he said.
“We also go on an outing and in recent months, this has included trips to the Maritime Museum and a guided historical tour of Rookwood Cemetery.
“We do a working bee and barbecue to keep the Shed in order – we’re very house proud – and have a general meeting to review what’s been happening, and to plan our programs and activities. This usually includes going to lunch to a venue that’s friendly and does lunch specials like the Auburn Tennis Club for example.
He says if there is a fifth Thursday in the month, they do a movie morning followed by lunch.
For more information, call Bill on 0404 210 438 or Michael on 0410 561 163.