It is all go at the Cromwell Menz Shed as members make themselves at home at the town’s racecourse.

Two shipping containers, given to the group, along with a Portacom office, which will become a smoko room, have been placed on the site over recent weeks, to the delight of members who had spent the past year looking for a permanent place to work from.

The Lions Club of Cromwell and Scouts group had provided temporary space for the Menz Shed, but in more recent times, the opportunity was given to the group to use a section of land at the racecourse as a more permanent base.

Group spokesman Dennis Booth was grateful to racecourse representatives who had supported the concept, along with the many individuals, groups and businesses who had also offered their support, time and equipment.

The Menz Shed initiative brings men together in one community space to share their skills and work on practical tasks individually or as a group, for personal or community projects.

Although the Cromwell group has only recently secured a permanent base, members had already completed a range of projects.

Among them was a playhouse, which was used as a fundraiser for Cromwell Primary School.

Members also helped renovate The Hangout, Cromwell’s youth centre.

The group will now focus on adding a roof to adjoin two 40ft shipping containers and portacom space at its new base to provide shelter from the weather.

Mr Booth said the most important thing for the group was to have a facility where men could congregate to work on projects, or just be in a space with like-minded men.

“It’s about being together. They can come out here and have a cup of coffee.”

Among those who had supported the cause was R&R Hiab Services manager Luke Win.

He said supporting the concept was a way to give back to those who had “worked to shape” New Zealand.


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