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Gaining traction . . . Neville Hucklebridge (front) is among the people who have backed the idea of a Menz Shed in Cromwell since late last year. He was joined at a meeting last week by others who want to see it up and running. PHOTO: ADAM BURNS

ALEXIA.JOHNSTON

@alliedpress.co.nz

A Menz Shed will soon be on offer in Cromwell after striking a deal with other community groups for a suitable location.

The Lions Club of Cromwell and Scouts group have offered temporary space for the Menz Shed group to work from.

Both offers have been accepted.

The Lions Club’s shed and yard will be used for projects and the Scouts hall will be used for meetings and morning and afternoon tea breaks, when available.

Both facilities are in the same vicinity, near the Neplusultra Reserve.

Lions Club of Cromwell members facilitated the idea of a Menz Shed in the community in September, last year.

Their aim was to build on the successful concept already operating in more than 100 other locations throughout New Zealand.

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.

Cromwell’s Menz Shed will be one of nine in the Otago region.

Lions club member Neville Hucklebridge was among those who attended a meeting to help form a working group last week.

Another public meeting to help get the project moving ahead was hosted two weeks ago.

“We had 12 people at [that] public meeting who indicated an interest in becoming a Menz Shed member.”

Last week, a further 10 people signed up.

The group hopes to eventually develop a purpose-built facility within the Neplusultra Reserve.

However, that project has yet to be formalised by the Central Otago District Council, Mr Hucklebridge said.

“We are committed to a new build.”

In the meantime, the group was looking forward to using the other sites made available, which had the potential to be of “mutual advantage”.

“Temporarily, I think it will work both ways as an advantage before we move in [to our own premises].”

Last week’s meeting was aimed at getting the group one step closer to becoming an active group that meets regularly for camaraderie and to work on projects.

The group’s next meeting is on June 20, 2.30pm, at the Scouts hall.

Anyone wanting to become a member is welcome to attend the meeting.