Colo Vale Men’s Shed a place for fun, friendship and creativity

The creative talents of the Colo Vale Village Men’s Shed has not gone unnoticed.

In fact the crafeul crafted timber work of the men’s shed members have become popular sale items at the monthly Colo Vale Village Markets.

Bird feeders, letterboxes, coffee tables, hanging planter boxes, a planter wheelbarrow and a one-of-a-kind rocking horse where among the many pieces picked up by discerning shoppers at the July 7 market.

Newly-elected co-ordinator of the Men’s Shed, Steve Clarke, and Robert Ellis, assistant co-ordinator, are both members of the Colo Vale Community Association which organises the monthly market and other social events throughout the year, including Anzac Day, Melbourne Cup Luncheon, Children’s Christmas Party, Christmas Lights Competition and this year, Armistice Day on November 11.

The Men’s Shed members gather every Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9am to midday for creative woodwork and lots of “cuppas” and “bickies”, with laughter resounding from the morning tea table, while the chatter echoes louder to compensate for the noise from the eager beavers who continue to work.

Craftsman Robert Ellis prides himself on using recycled timber, planed through a thicknesser at the Men’s Shed premises to create unique woodwork features.

His bird feeders were extremely popular at the last market, as were his letterboxes and bread boards.

The Colo Vale Community Association has been of great assistance to the Men’s Shed with obtaining grants for machinery purchases and planning a well-equipped new shed.

If you would like to join the group of happy and friendly blokes just come along to 28 Railway Avenue, Colo Vale.

Cost is $3 with morning tea supplied, often it is cakes from the ladies of the Craft and Chatter group who meet in the hall on Thursday mornings.

You can socialise with other men, enjoy doing some woodwork, or just relax and chat over morning tea.