ONE YEAR ON AND THEY’RE THRIVING: Mayor Tracie Dobie and Maranoa MP David Littleproud with all members at the Allora Men’s Shed opening.
ONE YEAR ON AND THEY’RE THRIVING: Mayor Tracie Dobie and Maranoa MP David Littleproud with all members at the Allora Men’s Shed opening.

Hope found within friendship at Men’s Shed

FOR the members at Allora men’s shed, getting together is most vital at Christmas time.

Secretary James Willis said he believes the social club may do it’s best work during the festive season.

“I believe it’s such an important time of year for us particularly the social aspect, as people get lonely at Christmas time and they need to be with friends,” he said.

The club has big plans for Christmas time an the New year.

“We will have a party on December 14 and that will be nice to get to know the blokes wives and bring mine along,” he said.

“Then in the new year we’ve poured a concrete slab down to start works on a metal working area.”

A member for six months Mr Willis originally joined to brush up on woodwork skills.

“I joined up because I wanted wood working skills and a lot of the blokes have a lot of skills and are quite happy to share them with new comers.”

But while Mr Willis came for the hobby, he stayed for the mateship.

“We keep an eye on each other and if they’re sick or not there we call them up to see they’re OK,” he said.

“I have missed a few days myself and some of the guys have rung me up to make sure I’m OK and it’s actually a really nice feeling that hey care how I’m doing.”

President Robert Burge said since the club’s inception they’ve constantly worked to build community.

“Things are going good and people are now approaching us to help with things like the community bus,” he said.

“Basically we all are just some blokes here to help each other and have a yarn together, Christmas or not.”



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