INDUSTRIOUS: Nev Adams, Steve Davis, Kev Armstrong and Barry Locke from the Stanthorpe Men's Shed.
INDUSTRIOUS: Nev Adams, Steve Davis, Kev Armstrong and Barry Locke from the Stanthorpe Men's Shed. Matthew Purcell

Mateship the focus for 'shed week'

FELLOWSHIP is a vital pillar to every community and for the local Men's Shed - camaraderie is a priority.

They might whack away with their tools and use their industrious nous to the betterment of their community, but for the guys who gather around the table with a cuppa most mornings, there's far more to it.

"The camaraderie is amazing. We all turn up and are made to feel welcome. But we're all different,” group president Nev Adams said.

"When you come here you're all just human beings and everyone has time for a cup of coffee.”

From September 23-30, it's Men's Shed Week, and the local gents are spending it keeping busy.

They were recently successful in obtaining a grant to erect new handicap toilets in their facility.

"Anyone who's wanted to turn up and lend a hand has been coerced,” Mr Adams said.

"We've been fortunate in this project, the assistance we've received from people who are not members of the shed but have knowledge of what's needed and been generous of their time and holding our hand and pointing in right direction.”

The first president, the late John Boucher, is also set to be honoured.

"He was our first president and driving force behind opening the shed here.”

The group held their first public meeting in March 2012, and several years on Mr Adams said it was only right they remember Mr Boucher.

A sign will hang up in the main room of the shed, with the inscription 'John Boucher Memorial Room'.

WHERE: Stanthorpe Showgrounds

WHEN: Monday-Friday

CONTACT: 0481 055 411 or stanthorpemenshed

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