Men’s Shed supports buddy bench initiative

MEMBERS of the Glasshouse Country Men’s Shed woodworking group recently completed their latest project – a buddy bench handcrafted for Peachester State School.
Men’s Shed member Rick Canhan said that earlier this year the woodworking group had been approached by the office of Member for Glass House Andrew Powell about getting involved with the buddy bench initiative.

“Our guys were really happy to get on board with this project, which is to provide a bench placed within the school grounds that kids can sit on if they want to meet new friends,” Rick said.
“We think this is a great initiative that can also be used by kids that are new to the school, or those wanting company.”
Long-term Men’s Shed members Ian Collingwood and Andy Henry were instrumental in bringing the project to life, sourcing suitable timber and spending many “man hours” making sure the bench was up to their high standards of workmanship.

Ian said initially they couldn’t find the right timber they wanted to make the bench in their onsite storage sheds, so approached Grigor’s sawmill at Peachester.
“We found some great rough sawn blackbutt at the sawmill, and upon finding out what the project was for, the team at the sawmill kindly donated the timber and delivered it to our Beerwah workshop,” Ian said.
“The Grigor family have a long history with Peachester State School and were pleased to support the project.”
Rick said the Glasshouse Country Men’s Shed was a non-profit group of local guys who were always happy to consider community projects.

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The Men’s Shed, located at 352 Peachester Road Beerwah, is open Monday-Friday 8.30am-12noon.

Photo: Rick Canhan, Ian Collingwood, Andy Henry and Sandy Woodside with the newly finished buddy bench for Peachester School