HELPING KIDS: Ron Cheshire from Mount Perry Men's Shed sands back a block from the state school to be used by its kindy/Prep students.
HELPING KIDS: Ron Cheshire from Mount Perry Men's Shed sands back a block from the state school to be used by its kindy/Prep students. Contributed

Mount Perry Men's Shed goes back to school

MOUNT Perry Men's Shed is throwing itself into work for the community, answering a call from the town's state school to help repair old building blocks used by its kindy/Prep students.

Principal Latoya Larsen said the building blocks, which link to the curriculum by promoting mapping and exploring play, arrived mysteriously alongside the school's demountable about 20 years ago.

After two decades the blocks have begun chipped and scuffed, so the men's shed is working at sanding them all back and putting a fresh coat of varnish on, led by Ron Cheshire.

Ms Larsen said she would love to get the men's shed more involved with the school in future.

"Our Years 5 and 6, in their design-technology classes, are trying to support wildlife in the area, so they will be building possum boxes and bird feeders and it would be great to get some of the men down to help, but nothing's locked in yet,” she said.

According to men's shed treasurer Gavin Murray, the shed wanted to play an active role in the whole town, not just in the lives of its 18 paid members.

On Australia Day, the men's shed teamed up with the Mount Perry branch of the CWA to cook the all-important sausage sizzle.

Tom Curren, Trevor White, Arthur Dingle, Ron Cheshire Keith Gear and Graham Burgess help out with the barbecue at Mount Perry's Australia Day celebrations.
Tom Curren, Trevor White, Arthur Dingle, Ron Cheshire Keith Gear and Graham Burgess help out with the barbecue at Mount Perry's Australia Day celebrations. Contributed

The group also donates some of their creations to be sold at auction to raise money for community events.

And last year, when Mount Perry Race Club was thrown into chaos after being unable to secure a licence for its annual meeting, the Men's Shed carved wooden horses which were mock-raced and subsequently donated to the club.

The group is also about halfway through a landscaping project at its Flora St home, with help from a "fantastic, amazing” 10-man crew from Gidarjil Development Corporation, Mr Murray said.

The project involves creating a rock wall to stabilise the shed's sloping backyard and the creek which curls around it, as well as planting native trees and clearing dead wood.

Today, the Gidardjil crew is being hosted for a barbecue at the shed to celebrate its hard work.


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