Men’s Shed Week celebrated 30 Years of Sheds during the week, with celebrations happening all across men’s shed in Australia, including a road trip by the Australian Men’s Shed Association, which will visit several of the earlier sheds before stopping at the oldest men’s shed in Australia. Country sheds in the region have had a more muted reaction to the celebrations, with some discussing their reasons for joining the Men’s Shed and what benefits they had gained from their times there, and noting the smaller and cosier membership in some sheds. Boyup Brook Men’s Shed treasurer and president Peter Candy said he became involved with the Shed due to the community spirit and camaraderie it offered. “It seemed a good idea at the time, it was beneficial to me and beneficial to others, there was camaraderie and other benefits that were provided,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of facilities, it’s very cheap and we don’t charge anything at this time, and any money we make comes from the meals we make.” Mr Candy had been a member of the Boyup Brook Shed for approximately 12 years, taking on executive positions as treasurer, for the past ten years, and president, presently, in his second term. He said the Boyup Brook shed was short on members and were finding it hard to recruit new members, noting the lack of time and fears people may have. “It’s very hard to get people to take on things, because they don’t think they can do it or they’re afraid of public speaking or (have) got other things on.” Northcliffe Men’s Shed president Malcolm Olston had been a member of the Shed for four and a half years and decided to join after retiring in 2018. “I retired in the end of 2018 and I was looking for something to do to fill in the time, and one of the options of the men’s shed,” he said. He said due to the small size of the Men’s Shed, they hadn’t planned anything special for the weekend, but were intending to have events in the future. “We’ve got a couple members that are away and there are only two or three of us here this week, so we haven’t planned anything but we are having an Open Day for the shed in November to show people the equipment and crafts we have.” “The Men’s shed is relatively small, we have 17 members but not all of them are active, we refurbish furniture and we did the kitchen for the students at the primary school.” “We got a grant from the shire earlier to replace the thickness planer and we wouldn’t have been able to do that on our own, so we’re grateful for that.” He said the shed was looking for more members and were willing to look into being open more days in the week if the number of members rose. “Equipment-wise, we’re good, we’re always looking for new members, with the shed being a small group, and anyone can come along to see what we’re all about “We’re open on Tuesday and Saturday morning, but if we get more numbers, we’re open to having more open days during the week.” The first Men’s Shed opened in Goolwa in South Australia, known as The Shed at Goolwa Heritage Club, in February 1993. There are now more that 2500 Sheds operating in 12 countries globally, and more than 50,000 Australians benefiting from participating in the movement each year. To commemorate the 30 year anniversary, a road trip by the Australian Men’s Shed Association will be going to different Men’s Sheds in Victoria and South Australia, which are said to be the birthplaces of Sheds, before finishing at Goolwa Oval for the Shedder’s Big Day Out on September 8. Men’s Shed Week, which runs from September 3 to 9, is a yearly celebration of “all things shedding” by the AMSA.