Milestone for MeNZ shed

HANDY MEN: Neil McNabb, Peter Isle and Bill Greenwood from the Bishopdale MeNZ Club cutting the third birthday cake.

Blokes, beers and a barbecue – that’s how the Bishopdale MeNZ Shed celebrated its third birthday.

Shed co-ordinator Richard Rendle said more than 50 people gathered at the Kendal Ave site for the celebrations.

And a hardware firm, Comac, from Palmerston North provided the club with a cake and birthday candles to mark the milestone.

The group meet twice weekly and retreat to the “man cave”, working on projects to benefit the wider community.

Mr Rendle, who has been a member for “most” of the three years said the club is about getting men involved in the community.

“We’ve had people who have come and said they’ve retired and basically they’re depressed and say this is the best thing that could have happened,” he said.

Mr Rendle said during the three years there have been many projects the club has enjoyed working on from planter boxes for retirement villages, window seats for Women’s Refuge and coffins for stillborn babies.

“But the penguin boxes we made for the International Antarctic Centre was something which caught people’s imaginations,” he said.