Blokes with no shed make St John float blossom

Neil McArthur (left) and Brian Phillips, both of Alexandra,   paint  the St John float for the...
Neil McArthur (left) and Brian Phillips, both of Alexandra, paint the St John float for the Alexandra Blossom Festival floral procession on September 24. Photo by Sarah Marquet.
The men from Alexandra's Men's Shed may not actually have a shed to call their own but that has not stopped them finding a project to work on.

They are at present busy creating a float for Alexandra St John to use for the Blossom Festival parade, in a shed provided by Noel McCrostie.

St John Alexandra area executive officer Sandra Skinner said they were not going to have a float this year, as they have been busy with renovations to their station.

"Then the opportunity was presented to us by Neil McArthur [Alexandra Men's Shed spokesman] to use last year's Lions float."

She said the Alexandra St John team was thankful for the work being done by the men.

The float is not a competitive float so it has no princess and "no real theme", but it will include Primo the Penguin - the mascot for the youngest group within St John.

She said they hoped to have the younger members on the float with cards or banners and older members walking alongside.

However, the rest will be unveiled at the parade on Saturday, September 24.

Mr McArthur said they were busy painting the float and sticking the flowers on - 240 handmade flowers per square metre.

He, along with a few other Alexandra men, have wanted a Men's Shed for about four years. They do have the actual shed, just nowhere to put it.

It was bound for a site in Boundary Rd but nearby residents made submissions to the council against the shed which stalled the project.

The submitters were mainly concerned about the lack of landscaping at the site - something the council thought it had paid almost $23,000 for in May 2008.

The idea behind the shed was to have somewhere older men, mostly retired, could go to work on personal and community projects, but also to build relationships and to share knowledge and skills.

- sarah.marquet@odt.co.nz

 

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