The Alexandra Men’s Shed has auctioned off its old building at Molyneux Park.
The group raised about $4000 from the Harcourts auction run by agent Carol Stafford on Saturday, which included the two›room building, various meal packages and vouchers along with a 5.2m trailer sailer.
It was believed the building had been sold locally and would be removed from the group’s former Molyneux Park base in Alexandra, as part of the lease conditions with the Central Otago District Council (CODC).
Men’s shedders had said a fond farewell to the building, member Trevor Goudie said.
‘‘This will be at least the fourth location it has been, as I know it was a site office for the Roxburgh Dam.
It served as the Birthright op shop beside St Enoch’s [Church] Hall, the shed for us by the skateboard park and now this next move for a much travelled building. There may have been another move between the dam and St Enoch’s.’’
It had served the group, which formed in 2011, well for many years.
‘‘But with the growth in members and the increasing complexity of the work undertaken, the building was becoming cramped, and potentially unsafe for using power woodworking machinery,’’ Mr Goudie said.
The Men’s Shed moved to its new premises, the former Fire and Emergency NZ (Fenz) building in Boundary Rd opposite Wastebusters, about a year ago.
The group had been on quite a journey to get there, originally intending to build a completely new shed on the Molyneux Park site, but the option fell through with alternative sites suggested by the CODC.
In the meantime, with the Vincent Community Board’s support, along with further funding from the Central Lakes Trust, Otago Community Trust and Lotteries Community Facilities Fund and the group’s own efforts, the Men’s Shed raised about $400,000.
The rural fire building in Boundary Rd was put up as a purchase option and while smaller than the proposed new build, it was accepted. This site had the advantage of outside storage and no noise restrictions.
About 95% of the projects undertaken by the Men’s Shed were for other community groups, on not much more than a cost recovery basis, and the proceeds from Saturday’s auction would be used to buy new workshop equipment.
With a membership of 18, the group was seeing an upsurge in interest at the moment, with three additional members joining in the past month and inquiries almost weekly. Having a bigger space meant the group could accommodate them, Mr Goudie said.
‘‘In the past we have had to turn these applications aside, as more people in our 66sq m space was a real safety issue. The new building with 210sq m has allowed us to take on more members, who come from a variety of prior occupations.’’