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‘Bikes for kids’ greatly appreciated

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The Men’s Shed’s most successful project is “Bikes for Kids” which has been underway for several months. Thanks to the donations of bikes of all sizes from the community, over 30 bikes have been reconditioned to good working order and placed in schools and the Wairarapa Youth Program located in Featherston. The kids from Pirinoa and Tuturumuri schools now have a selection of sizes to fit everyone. More donated bikes, especially for the small kids, would be appreciated.

We do have a bit of a problem as we are short of helmets for each bike. Donations of helmets would be much appreciated, including the very small ones for little kids. Just drop them off at the Mens Shed on Cork Street anytime. There is a container outside the front entrance.
When bikes were delivered to Pirinoa school, Jack Priest, one of our members went along. He attended the school in the early 1930’s and enjoyed telling a few stories to staff on the day. Much has changed since his school days, remembering the long drop and where it stood.
A cold, rainy winter hasn’t dampened the enthusiasm of the members of the Mens Shed. It is a cold building but the activity on projects keeps everyone warm. Yes, we have a small heater in the kitchen for our tea break.
Various projects keep coming in each week from the public to keep us busy and entertained. A recent one was the rebuild of a potter’s wheel that had deteriorated in a damp storage area. The complexity of the design was a great challenge to the team who cut out jig saw puzzle-like pieces to rebuild the cabinet then re-install the complex mechanics so it worked again. Several chairs and cabinets have been repaired along with the restoration of a large 1905 map of Martinborough from the museum.
We are always happy to sharpen knives or garden tools. Just bring them in on Wednesday or Saturday between 10 and noon.
Photo captions: Delighted Tuturumuri students Garnier, George and Hannah with some of the bikes
Highlight: Over thirty bikes of all sizes have been reconditioned to good working order and placed in schools

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