Men set a benchmark

Men set a benchmark

Serpentine Jarrahdale Men’s Shed members Ray Schmidt, Stephen Brown and Graham Pailthorpe with Baptistcare village resident Sherrin Roberts and Millie the dog. Photograph - Richard Polden.

Two new benches have been installed at a local village thanks to the efforts of the lads at Serpentine Jarrahdale Men’s Shed. 

Baptistcare village representative Sherrin Roberts got in touch with the Men’s Shed earlier this year after seeing a similar seat, which was made by the men for the Mundijong 125-year celebrations. 

“I am constantly on the alert for ways to drag our village residents out of their units and into conversations and activities with their fellow residents,” she said. 

“What better than a sun-warmed bench or two set on the edge of our village green overlooking the beautiful bush forever site that surrounds us, together with the prolific birdlife it contains.” 

Since installed the benches have been used by the village’s residents and their visitors and also the residents from the Graceford Aged Care facility who have full access to the adjacent grounds. 

Men’s Shed member Graham Pailthorpe said many of the shed’s regular members were involved in building the benches over a couple of months. 

“Being part of the local community and a not-for-profit organisation we took the job on to help the local community,” he said. 

The benches were made by several members at the Serpentine Jarrahdale Men’s Shed. Photograph – Richard Polden.