THE Victorian Men’s Shed association invited the Henty Men’s Shed to send representatives to their AGM in Benalla last Friday. The Henty shed is now a part of the North East Cluster of Men’s Sheds. Henty was unique being the only shed outside of Victoria to attend - 35 sheds had representatives at the meeting. Our two representatives, Tony O’Brien and Neil Meyer, went along in their long-sleeved blue shirts and stood out among all the polo tops, a very professional image. Guest speaker, Stan Alves, spoke on a number of issues, particularly on mental health but also on how the AFL deals with their young players. The AFL now “prepare young men for the scrap heap”; making sure they are ready for life after football and are leading the way with the treatment of their players. One story came to light, one Victorian club had a member, 85 years of age join up so he could make his own coffin. The coffin stayed in the shed, on display and unused for a further five years. There has been no mention of any of the Henty members taking on this project.
HENTY’S main street garden had a day of nurturing care. The garden will look brilliant in a couple of years and will be an invitation to travellers to stay a bit longer and enjoy the features of the street whilst breaking their journey.
HENTY’S Art Gallery is receiving quite a number of visitors stopping to investigate the work of our local artists and craft people. Let’s hope the volunteers get even busier towards Christmas.
HENTY’S Lifestyle Committee members again tried their hand at a Wagga Bunnings barbecue. A successful day with funds to be invested into the gymnasium for the Henty community.