THE Talbingo Men’s Shed is about to double in size thanks to a $32,000 Snowy Valleys Council Stronger Communities grant.
Work on the shed’s extension has already begun, and it will make it roughly twice its current size when completed. Shed secretary Bob Quarmby formally applied for the grant in August.
“We wanted to expand the shed, and we certainly didn’t have the money, so this opportunity was too good to resist,” Shed president Allan Leggett said.
“It will allow us the room we need to get all our tools set up.”
However, not all of what is required will come from the grant.
“We will be contributing a reasonable amount ourselves,” Bob said.
“Even if you can’t provide ready cash, you can contribute labour and materials.”
The Talbingo Shed started out nearly two years ago, when the current shed was sold for a nice price by the Talbingo Country Club.
Allan was founding member, having brought experience with him from the shed in Hamilton, Victoria. It has 15 members, an average of about eight of which turn up each Wednesday, and has produced items for the community such as a wheelchair ramp and gazebo.
It is a men’s shed, but women are also welcome.
“They are welcome between 10 and 10.30 on Wednesday, if they’ve got scones,” Bob said, tongue firmly planted in cheek.
“Women are welcome,” Allan said. “Tumut and Wagga Men’s Shed’s have very good women members.”
Like other men’s sheds around the state and country, the Talbingo Shed is primarily aimed at providing an opportunity for people to get together and enjoy each other’s company.
“We’ve got quite a few retirees from the Snowy Hydro, and they are very talented,” Bob said.
“They are ideally suited to teaching those who have no experience.”
Bob said the extension is likely to be complete in about six months.
“The building itself should be finished at the end of February, but then we need to add electricity, plumbing, insulation and a disability toilet,” he said.
The work is being undertaken by a Tumut firm and Shed members. Allan said that when the new extension is up and running, he hopes the shed meetings will be on two or three times a week, rather than the current one.