Men's Shed settles into new home

The Cleve and Districts Men's Shed have found a more permanent space to set up as the group continues to seek funding to purchase a home.

NEW HOME: Men's Shed committee members Kym Wakefield, Brian Dolling, Dene Noble, Denis Kenny, Daryl Petherick (president), Don Smith and Allan Edwards at the new shed.

NEW HOME: Men's Shed committee members Kym Wakefield, Brian Dolling, Dene Noble, Denis Kenny, Daryl Petherick (president), Don Smith and Allan Edwards at the new shed.

The group marked a new year with its Annual General Meeting at Dubbo's Shed on Arno Bay Road after moving from their original meeting place at the showgrounds.

The Men's Shed is still in the process of obtaining grant funding to eventually buy the shed, but owner Peter DuBois has allowed the group to move in, with terms yet to be finalised.

Committee member Don Smith said the group had previously been limited by the multi-purpose nature of the showgrounds shed, needing to move all their equipment out for other events.

With the move, he said they would be able to set up a workshop including a grinder, wood lathe and metal lathe.

"We'll be able to install our equipment permanently," he said.

Mr Smith said the move would give the men's shed more to offer to the community, providing an opportunity for those of all ages without equipment in their own shed to work on projects and learn from the experienced members of the group.

"Probably that offer is about twice as good now we've moved in here," Mr Smith said.

The group currently has 37 financial members and is in touch with over 60 community members overall.

Many of the current members are avid gardeners, something Mr Smith said the group would capitalise on in 2020.

"I'd say in 12 months' time we'll probably have a good garden going," he said.

He said the group would also be putting a focus on men's health, with a quieter space and a PA system obtained through grant funding providing the opportunity to host speakers in the space.