THE Muswellbrook Men's Shed is gearing up for a double celebration this month.
Not only will the hard-working members host their inaugural Community Open Day on Saturday, November 10, the event will also double as the Industrial Close facility’s “official opening”.
“We’re really looking forward to it,” secretary Dave Sorensen said.
“It’ll give the community an opportunity to see what we do – and hear why we do it.
“And, while we’ve been operational for some time now, it is the first chance to ‘make it official’ at this location.
“To that extent, we’ll be dedicating that part of the proceedings to the guys we’ve lost since we formed in 2012.”
Between 10am and 2pm, residents can grab a snag, catch up with mates and enjoy a free fun day out with the family, as well as learn an important message or two.
Guest speakers from the Black Dog Institute and the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program are slated to address those in attendance on a variety of issues, too.
“It’s imperative people speak about [personal] matters, especially men’s health,” Mr Sorensen said.
“That’s why we’ve enlisted the services of the Black Dog Institute and the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program.
“We’re also offering free men’s health checks.
“But, there’ll be plenty of other things to keep everyone entertained.
“We’ll have tours of the men’s shed, woodturning and mattress break-down displays, a blacksmith demonstration, plant sale, ‘live’ music courtesy of a 15-piece band and vintage cars from the Upper Hunter Motoring Association.
“For the kids, we’ve got fairy floss, popcorn, face painting, giveaways and a heap of activities including an artificial mine where children can dig for coal.
“The Old Tea House, Apex and Lions will be on deck [with catering], along with the Aboriginal Health Unit, Cancer Council NSW, Muswellbrook PCYC, MV Solar, Warrior Disability Services and much more.
“Beyond Blue and Fair Trading NSW is providing information to those who require it.
“We are keen to showcase the supporters of the men’s shed, too, such as BHP Billiton, MACH Energy, Glencore, Bengalla and Ridgelands, to name a few.
“Our thanks go to Upper Hunter Community Services for its assistance in putting it all together.”