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Howrah Men’s Shed reopens its doors

THE sound of power tools, hammers and bad jokes has rung out across the Eastern Shore as shedders return to their projects at the Howrah Men’s Shed.

Howrah Men’s Shed president Dennis Richardson said it was great to welcome members back to the shed.

“We have 76 members who all use the shed regularly, it was difficult and isolating for many of them not to be able to use the shed for a long period of time,” he said.

“The shed offers more than just a place to work on projects, we like to think it’s a welcoming environment where men can share stories, learn new skills and be supported with whatever they need.”

Mr Richardson said the COVID-19 pandemic had presented many challenges, with membership having taken a small dip over the last few months.

“We have had some members not renew or move away,” he said.

“Unfortunately, we have also had some members pass away.

“I would like to play tribute to Graeme Morrisby and Frans Sakul who were founding members of the shed.”

The shed has a long-standing focus on the community, with community projects and assisting the local area being a priority for the shed moving forward.

New collaborations have emerged coming out of COVID-19.

Shedder Kevin Huxtable said he was glad to get back to the shed.

“I usually come to the shed three to four times a week,” he said.

“I come to work on my personal projects, as well as those we are doing for the community.

“I enjoy chatting to other members and sharing my knowledge and experience.”

The Howrah Men’s Shed is open Monday to Saturday and is looking forward to welcoming members new and old through the door.

If people are interested in joining, they can drop in to 11 Howrah Road.