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Blokes looking for shed

Bundaberg Men’s Shed Association organisers Spencer Freemantle and Jim Elmes are excited about getting the new group off the ground.
Bundaberg Men’s Shed Association organisers Spencer Freemantle and Jim Elmes are excited about getting the new group off the ground. Max Fleet BUNSHD

A GROUP of older Bundaberg gentlemen plan to start a new chapter of the popular national Men's Shed movement, but have stumbled upon one small problem.

They don't have a shed.

Bundaberg men Spencer Freemantle and Jim Elmes have appealed to the community in search of a shed suitable to host regular meetings of the fledgling group.

They hope to follow in the footsteps of Men's Shed chapters based in coastal and regional areas, and establish a group in Bundaberg.

Mr Freemantle said proponents of the new group hoped it would provide an important social outlet for men in the Bundaberg region and foster lasting friendships.

"It's about getting together as men, catching up, sharing stories, having a laugh and, most of all, having a good time," he said.

It has been said the backyard shed is the male equivalent of the handbag and possesses everything a man needs to survive the rigours of the modern world.

All across Australia, men of all ages are sweeping out their sheds and inviting friends and acquaintances to attend regular events, where participants enjoy each other's company, a bite to eat and presentations given by guest speakers.

Mr Freemantle said the new Bundaberg group would place an emphasis upon providing guidance and mentoring for younger members.

"Helping out the younger ones is a big part of it," he said.

"We'd be taking on a sort of fatherly role, act as grandfathers if you will, to help out younger members who may have fallen upon hard times or need a bit of hand with things."

But despite more than 30 men so far showing their interest in the group, the main problem for Mr Freemantle has been sourcing a shed large enough to house the prospective members.

Mr Freemantle said any offer of shed space in the Bundaberg would be appreciated.

"I think the group really has the potential to be something special," he said.

Anyone who can help can phone Mr Freemantle on 4152 3861.

Topics:  jim elmes, men's shed, spencer freemantle


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