In May 2014 our shed Treasurer Frank was invited by Grahamstown Public School to be part of a project the school students were were involved with. The project comprised students selecting a story or event to write about for a school competition held by the Newcastle Herald. The project involved all phases of producing an editorial including arranging and conducting interviews, documenting the story, capturing images, and compiling the final publication for the newletter. Student Alana Murphy had selected as her headline story an artical on Men's Sheds titled " Men - shoulder to shoulder". The following editorial was written by Alana and Photography taken and processed by fellow student Gabrielle Rickard.
Headline: Men- shoulder to shoulder
By Alana Murphy
Raymond Terrace Men's Shed is helping men's health by allowing them to come together and do woodwork projects for the community.They have received many donations from schools, such as old computers and photocopiers, and have been given tools from deceased estates and grants from local and state Governments. Projects have included a cubby house for Kanwary School, picnic tables and children'swooden toys. Since they have been coming together and working on various projects they have been sharing knowledge and helping each other.They are getting to know the community and beginning mateships. Mr Frank Seysener, treasurer of the shed and a leader of woodwork, said "Some men just come in and have a cup of coffee and read the newspaper. Some just like to watch and have a chat."There are 104 members, but because of their small shed they can only accommodate t2-20 men at a time."Plans are in the council for a bigger, new shed near Boomerang Park." said Mr Seysener The Men's Shed idea first began in Windale, currently there are over 1000 Men's shed groups in Australia and is starting to spread overseas.Raymond Terrace Men's Shed is open Monday to Thursday 9am-Lpm, and every 1'st and 2nd Friday of each month the men do computer basics. Every 3'rd Friday of the month they meet at Raymond Terrace Bowling Club and a guest speaker comes to talk, which is usually about men's health.
Frank Seysener treasurer of Raymond Terrace Men's Shed.
Photo taken by Gabrielle Rickard.