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A busy tool and machinery sale and an unclaimed World War 11 box

The Whitianga MENZSHED’s  raised over $2000 toward their new shed last Sunday, 18 February at their Tool and Machinery Garage Sale. It was busy and profitable and the space of their existing shed was a clear message to the community of just how much more space the MenZshed needs.

It is estimated that the new shed will cost around $300k. The current shed is 70 square metres the new shed will be 360 square metres.

“We need to raise a third of the cost ourselves before we can approach Lotto and other groups for funding,” said Glenn Schache, President of Whitianga MENZSHED.

The group has raised $65,000 toward their $100,000 target.

“Everything we make here is for sale and all proceeds go toward the new shed. We have a stall at the Whiti Citi Markets most Saturdays,” he said.

The Whitianga MENZSHED, now in its sixth year, opened in 2018. Members are passionate about the shed and the community there.

“Not least, our Patron Richard Vetter. He is helping me with compliance and consents for the new shed, which is greatly appreciated,” said Glenn.

There are currently 35 members. When the new shed opens, there are plans for a huge membership drive.

There are also plans for ladies’ days where women can go along with their projects and will be taught how to safely work on them.

Mystery box unclaimed at Menz Shed garage sale

MENZSHED is a charity which focuses on men’s health, particularly their mental health.

“The aim is not for men to have to work and make things and produce goods. It’s all about mental health. Those that want to come down and have a coffee and just chat are welcome. Our smokos last at least an hour with banter and conversation filling the space,” said Glenn.

“We help the community in any way we can. For example, we completed a big job making shelves for the Cancer Society book shop,” he added.

World War 11 Tool Box

When emptying the container to sort stuff for the weekend’s garage and machinery sale they came across a WW11 box, with the name Capt. E.H Fowke on the side of it.

“We were excited to find it, but nobody knew anything about it,” said Glenn. He was interviewed on CFM about the box and a response came from a woman in Port Waikato who said the box belonged to her great grandfather. She and her husband arranged to purchase the box.

When they arrived on Sunday, there was great disappointment when they discovered that the spelling of Captain Fowke’s name was different to her family’s spelling.

“We would like to discover more about the box. If anyone knows of Captain E.H. Fowke or if the person who donated the box to the MENZSHED could you get in touch, we would be delighted,” said Glenn.

Donations toward the new MENZSHED’s fundraising campaign are welcomed and can be made to bank account number 02-0496-0124241-001.

 |  Lynette Gee  | 

The Whitianga MENZSHED’s  raised over $2000 toward their new shed last Sunday, 18 February at their Tool and Machinery Garage Sale. It was busy and profitable and the space of their existing shed was a clear message to the community of just how much more space the MenZshed needs.

It is estimated that the new shed will cost around $300k. The current shed is 70 square metres the new shed will be 360 square metres.

“We need to raise a third of the cost ourselves before we can approach Lotto and other groups for funding,” said Glenn Schache, President of Whitianga MENZSHED.

The group has raised $65,000 toward their $100,000 target.

“Everything we make here is for sale and all proceeds go toward the new shed. We have a stall at the Whiti Citi Markets most Saturdays,” he said.

The Whitianga MENZSHED, now in its sixth year, opened in 2018. Members are passionate about the shed and the community there.

“Not least, our Patron Richard Vetter. He is helping me with compliance and consents for the new shed, which is greatly appreciated,” said Glenn.

There are currently 35 members. When the new shed opens, there are plans for a huge membership drive.

There are also plans for ladies’ days where women can go along with their projects and will be taught how to safely work on them.

Mystery box unclaimed at Menz Shed garage sale

MENZSHED is a charity which focuses on men’s health, particularly their mental health.

“The aim is not for men to have to work and make things and produce goods. It’s all about mental health. Those that want to come down and have a coffee and just chat are welcome. Our smokos last at least an hour with banter and conversation filling the space,” said Glenn.

“We help the community in any way we can. For example, we completed a big job making shelves for the Cancer Society book shop,” he added.

World War 11 Tool Box

When emptying the container to sort stuff for the weekend’s garage and machinery sale they came across a WW11 box, with the name Capt. E.H Fowke on the side of it.

“We were excited to find it, but nobody knew anything about it,” said Glenn. He was interviewed on CFM about the box and a response came from a woman in Port Waikato who said the box belonged to her great grandfather. She and her husband arranged to purchase the box.

When they arrived on Sunday, there was great disappointment when they discovered that the spelling of Captain Fowke’s name was different to her family’s spelling.

“We would like to discover more about the box. If anyone knows of Captain E.H. Fowke or if the person who donated the box to the MENZSHED could you get in touch, we would be delighted,” said Glenn.

Donations toward the new MENZSHED’s fundraising campaign are welcomed and can be made to bank account number 02-0496-0124241-001.