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Rangitata MP Andrew Falloon (left) and his wife Rose Austen-Falloon mingle at the official opening of the Timaru Community Menzshed.

by Claire Allison

The Timaru Community Menzshed opened its doors for the first time on Saturday to supporters who backed the concept at a public meeting in March.

The day provided an opportunity for them to see the progress that has been made establishing the group and refurbishing the building in Shaw St.

Timaru Community Menzshed secretary John Cook said the shed had been turned from a very bare forlorn structure into a clean and modern space fit for the 21st century.

refurbishment work themselves, the group of founder members have used their combined experience to construct workbenches, shelving and storage units for donated equipment and a comfortable refreshment area for the inevitable tea breaks,” he said.

About 45 people came along on Saturday to check out the premises, with 22 signing up as members on the day, Mr Cook said.

The shed will be open on Saturday and Tuesday mornings and all day on Thursday for members to meet and socialise, work on their own projects, or assist with larger projects for other community-based groups.

New members and project suggestions are welcome, as is donated equipment.

Mr Cook said the group was immensely grateful to all the local businesses that had generously donated materials and goods to help with the refurbishment, and the people of Timaru who had given tools and equipment.

Thanks were also due to the Timaru Host Lions Club, which provided financial support to help get the project started.