Stars, trees and even the odd ‘rein-garoo’

Stars, trees and even the odd ‘rein-garoo’

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Serpentine Primary student Sophie Johnson, Shire president Michelle Rich, Serpentine Jarrahdale Men’s Shed secretary Ray Schmidt, vice president Graham Pailthorpe, Jarrahdale Primary student Xavier Young and Serpentine Jarrahdale Men’s Shed president Peter Cuttriss. Photograph – Aaron Van Rongen.

Members from a local men’s shed have been seeing stars after being swamped with a special order for this year’s Christmas pageant.

Since August eight members from the Serpentine Jarrahdale Men’s Shed have been busily building a series of Christmas trees out of different recycled materials.

They have also made a massive amount of stars in varying sizes, angels as well as and ‘rein-garoos’, a cross between a reindeer and a kangaroo.

The wooden pieces were then sent last week to Jarrahdale Primary, Marri Grove Primary, Serpentine Primary and Mundijong Primary schools to allow students to bring them to life with much-needed colour.

Men’s Shed president Peter Cuttriss said it had been a thoroughly enjoyable project, one that the members had really embraced.

“We’ve worked on the pieces for roughly six hours a week at the shed and all the material has come from things like pallets and old packing boxes,” he said.

“It’s wonderful to see the hard work the students have put into the decorations and we are pleased to have been able to help bring some festive cheer to the shire.”

Shire president Michelle Rich said the initiative was an opportunity to strengthen community connections in the lead up to Christmas.

“The pieces are looking fantastic which is a credit to the SJ Men’s Shed and also to local school children who have been tasked with making some of the decorations,” she said.

The six trees and other pieces will take pride of place at a special community Christmas concert at Jarrahdale Oval on December 14.