Whistle while you work with wood | midland express

Bob Grubb (centre) with carpentry course participants Ged Seddon, Chris Feely, Angela Plowman, Teresa Castley, Victoria Kelly and Deborah Bosman.

Kyneton Men’s Shed has relaunched carpentry classes for women and they are already proving popular with bookings.

Classes are held every Tuesday for seven weeks and teach participants the basics of carpentry. Participants each complete the course with a complete tool or garden equipment carrier that uses all basic hand tools and battery-operated power tools.

At the end of the course, students are invited to visit the shed every Tuesday to undertake their own projects.

Longtime Hangar member and course instructor Bob Grubb said he was amazed at the popularity of the courses.

“We started running them before the pandemic hit and completed four courses, but COVID-19 forced a total shutdown,” he said.

“But with very little publicity, we have almost filled three of the four courses we will be running this year.”

Maggie Hopkins, who completed the first course nearly two years ago, has been named Women’s Coordinator.

She was instrumental in working with Bob and the other three instructors – James Keddie, Robin Burgess and Ian Collie – to take the classes and teach the women.

“I found the course to be very rewarding and extremely helpful,” said Maggie.

“As well as trim, we discuss general home maintenance like leaky taps, burnt out lamps and the importance of smoke alarms – all those practical things women should know.

“I urge women interested in taking one of these extremely useful courses to contact me as soon as possible. We only accept six students at a time and we only give four courses per year. If the classes remain as popular as they are, we will soon be booking in the ladies for next year.

Maggie Hopkins can be contacted on 0437 584 979 or email [email protected]


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