The Menshed at Berrigan has made some changes to make the facility more accessible to a wider range of members.January 24, 2013 4:17am
A ‘lift’ has been installed to help members with walking difficulties to get to the upper level of the facility.
It allows everyone easy access to the tea room and ‘lounge’, both 1.2m off the ground.
The members built stairs, both internal and external, which have been used since the organisation started about two years ago.
But about six months ago, it was realised an alternative entry to the shed would be needed. The club has recently accepted memberships from a number of men who use motorized scooters.
It takes the number of members using the ‘gophers’ to five.
Several committee members got together and looked at the possibilities to accommodate these members.
A ramp was investigated first, but for it to work efficiently it would need to be 60 feet long.
When that idea was turfed, Ian Dickins suggested a motorized ‘lift’.
Mr Dickins, who is a very lateral thinker, went to a local second hand machinery dealer, Ian Scott, to discuss the idea.
Mr Scott said he had the masts off a fork lift the Menshed could have, and donated them.
Mr Dickins then got to work on building a lift, buying steel tubing and flat sheet and constructed a platform which would easily accommodate the largest of ‘gophers’ in the district.
A suitable electric winch was purchased for a very reasonable cost and the lift was installed at the Shed in early December.
David Gorman was the first of the ‘gopher brigade’ to use it.
The Berrigan Menshed meets every Thursday morning at the rear of 23 Chanter St from 9am to noon. New members are welcome to come along.
For more information, please contact Tony on 5885
Advertising Standards Bureau slaps McDonald's for offering free fries vouchers to children at SPC Ardmona KidsTown.
Yarrawonga Football Netball Club senior footballer Jeremy O’Brien celebrated his 200th senior Ovens and Murray Football Netball League game against the Wodonga Bulldogs on Saturday.
Following a concerted effort by Merrigum Community Group to upgrade signage in the town, it was announced at last Monday’s community meeting that design of a new information sign, to be located near the bus shelter in Waverley Ave, has been completed.
Mac Varell-Mckee knows how lucky he is to be alive and he has Adrian Shultz, Kevin Davis and Steve Marsh to thank.
Rochester resident John Constable has received the latest vision scanner available, thanks to Rochester Lions.
100 days at Tongala Primary.
It's not everyday you get 'most sincere thanks' from the Queen - as a Seymour girl found out.
St Joseph's Jerilderie teacher Steve Jones has released an album with his band, Steve Jones and The Velvet Glove.
The district has shivered during the past couple of weeks with night temperatures falling below zero. For those prepared to brave the winter chill, Lake Eppalock offers stunning scenery and yellow wattle brightens district forests.
Black Dog ride participants meet up in Cobram before they burn rubber to beat the blues.
Deniliquin High School students are preparing to take part in the Great Victorian Bike Ride for the 13th year in a row.
Wheat crops sown at the end of April to mid-May were two to three weeks early, increasing the risk of frost damage, the Finley Discussion Group’s meetings earlier this month heard.
John 'Jack' Roe remembered as a gentleman; battle-scared but a genuine, dignified man of integrity.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.