Warradale Men’s Shed Celebrates 10 Years

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This month marks an important milestone for the community as Warradale Men’s Shed, will be celebrating their 10th Anniversary.

To mark the special occasion, Warradale Men’s Shed will be having an Open Day on Saturday 2nd April from 9:00am to 2:00pm at the Shed. The community is invited to come along and see what the group does and what they have to offer.

There will be a free sausage sizzle. Items made by the men will be available to purchase. A photographic exhibition of the history of the Shed will be on display. It will also be a great opportunity to ask questions about becoming a member.

Warradale Men’s Shed was officially opened on 30 March 2012 by Jai Rowell, former Member for Wollondilly. The members had previously met in the Warragamba Town Hall, by courtesy of Wollondilly Council. The Shed received government grants and were assisted by the Warragamba Silverdale Neighbourhood Centre. The members had been offered the old Thirlmere Rural Fire Service Shed and had to dismantle and store it for about 12 months. Warragamba Workers Club generously offered to the Shed the present site and the land was remediated, slab laid and re-erected on its present site.

Over the years, the original members have aged, and some have unfortunately passed away. Their contributions to the community have been massive and their workmanship and assistance valued.

“Getting the new Shed was a great achievement. I was the Treasurer at the time. We helped elderly members of the community doing little ‘fix it’ type jobs” said Keith Webster, Founding Member.

“After a busy working life, I had nothing to do. I found I could come down and talk about men’s health issues and use my skills as a fitter and turner” explained John Fulop, Life Member.

“It took me a while to decide to join and then when I did, I was able to help out in the fitting out of the shed using my skills as a builder. I have made friendships and feel part of the group” said Rudi Jancek, Life Member.

What does the future hold for the Shed?

“The Shed wishes to continue to serve the community, particularly the seniors who might need a little help. We would like more members to enable us to continue what we have done in the past. We want to develop the area to ensure it is a safe working area and a Covid safe environment for the men to meet. Our hope is to help local men to have a productive, fulfilling retirement” ended Michael Davis, President of Warradale Men’s Shed.

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