Bloke's Shed advocate Bob Biggart, who is organising a
public meeting about possibly establishing a North East
Valley shed, works on some projects in his shed at home.
Photo by Brenda Harwood.
The Bloke's Shed concept has been a great success since
the first shed was established at Taieri Aerodrome in 2007.
Since then, a second shed has been founded at King's High
School, with both sheds providing space and equipment for
home handymen and women to take on community and personal
projects, while enjoying a chance to socialise.
Now it is the turn of North Dunedin to embrace the concept,
with a public meeting to discuss the idea of setting up a
Bloke's Shed in North East Valley to be held later this
Bloke's Shed initiator Bob Biggart, who has been involved in
setting up both of Dunedin's existing sheds, is joining
forces with Age Concern Otago and the North East Valley
Project to gauge support for a shed in the valley.
Local businessman and Dunedin City Councillor Doug Hall has
already come to the party, offering space and the shell of a
shed in Bonnington St, off Norwood St, as a potential home
for a shed group.
''The idea of the public meeting is to gauge the interest
among the community for having a Bloke's Shed in the north
end,'' Mr Biggart said.
North Dunedin was a logical place to have a shed, given that
it encompassed a large area and had a strong community
spirit, he said.
The Taieri Bloke's Shed had been so successful that it now
had close to 100 members, and had needed to move to larger
premises within the aerodrome, he said.
''The group out there is very active. They are taking on
community projects - such as making letter boxes and building
planter boxes for Mosgiel's main street - and helping out
anyone that they can.''
Each Bloke's Shed is directed by the skills and wishes of its
own members, with women and younger people very welcome to
take part, use the equipment and share expertise.
The public meeting to discuss establishing a Bloke's Shed in
North East Valley will be held on February 27, at 5pm in the
Community Rooms at 262 North Rd.
If there is sufficient support, a working bee may be held on
the following Sunday at the shed site in Bonnington St.
For more information, phone Bob Biggart on 488-2647, the NEV
Project on 473-8614, or Niall Shepherd at Age Concern on