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Big welcome . . . Community Trust of Mid and South Canterbury chairman David Forman (front left), acting chief executive officer Clive Callow (front row, second from left) and community relations manager Rosie Oliver (back row, fourth from left) with members of the Timaru Community Menzshed. PHOTO: STU JACKSON

STAFF REPORTER

Timaru Community Menzshed members welcomed representatives of the Community Trust of Mid and South Canterbury to their recently opened facility in Shaw St last Thursday morning.

Trust chairman David Forman, acting chief executive officer Clive Callow and community relations manager Rosie Oliver were given a tour of the facility and shown a variety of projects being worked on by members.

The projects included a children’s “mud kitchen”, a fun item being made for another community organisation, and members’ personal projects, such as a tiny rocking chair and a home-built coffin.

Their tour was rounded off by joining the members for morning tea.

The visit came about following the successful application by the Timaru Community Menzshed to the Community Trust of Mid and South Canterbury for funding for operating costs to help establish the facility and support it during its start-up phase.

The Timaru Community Menzshed now boasts 67 members, many of whom attend every week, reflecting its growing popularity and value within the local community.

Later on the same day a busload of 38 members of the Geraldine Men’s Fellowship group popped in to say hello and hear about progress.

Even though it was a bit of a squeeze they all got in and were given a lively presentation on the facility’s progress to date, which was well received.

For more information about the Timaru Community Menzshed contact the secretary on (022) 321-7639 or email timarushed@gmail.com