Multi-talented shed’ back and ready to build


The Milton “men’s shed” reconvened last Thursday after a holiday break, ready to build.

While not officially part of the national MENZSHED movement, which draws together creative minds to sheds and workshops around the country, the men’s shed’s concept is similar.

Speaking earlier this week, Milton men’s shed member Stu Michelle said men from around the Clutha district gathered at a building behind the town’s rugby showgrounds every Thursday morning and pooled their varied knowledge.

“We’ve got guys who are mechanics, builders – I was a shearer. We just figure it out,” Mr Michelle said.

It was not only for men though, and space was available for anybody who wanted to come in and try their hand.

The space is owned by the South Otago Heritage Society.

Society treasurer Barrie Allison said there were big plans for the area surrounding the shed.

“We want to create a kind of museum that commemorates the history of the [Milton] woollen mill and other things around the place,” Mr Allison said.

There was also talk of a small replica village being built on the site for tourists to walk through, which would also serve as a destination for travellers on the Clutha Gold Cycle Trail.

The intention was that men’s shed members would help build some of the facilities required on the site.

“They’ve already built their own smoko room,” he said.

There could be a hold-up, however, if history is a guide.

Mr Allison said that the plan had been on the books for the past six years.

“It’s been in the works for a long time, but we’ll see what happens.

“Building buildings costs money.”