The Narrogin Men’s Shed has named their new workshop after the late Darrell Wiese whose donation was instrumental in getting the shed off the ground.
Men’s Shed members, Shire of Narrogin representatives, sponsors and the Wiese family gathered for the official opening of Darrell’s Shed at the Narrogin Men’s Shed headquarters on April 2.
The new shed is a purpose-built space for members to undertake tasks such as spray painting or working with strong chemicals in a safe environment away from the communal areas.
The shed also features a new four-post car hoist, which was partially funded by the Shire, to make working on cars more accessible and to help attract new members.
Past chairman John McDougall said the idea behind the new shed was to enable members to carry our a wider range of activities in a safe environment.
“We had set up a situation where some of the club rooms were inside the workshops and some of our members were doing things like spray painting which is normal but can be pretty dangerous if things go wrong,” he said.
“The plan was to build a special shed away from the others so that things like these activities could be carried out in a safe and timely matter.”
The new shed was partially built when the members ran out of funds to lay down a concrete floor and install doors.
Mr Wiese, who was a member at the time, decided to donate the funds to help bring the shed to life.
“Darrell wasn’t that well when he joined us but he took a liking to what we were doing and he couldn’t get enough of us,” Mr McDougall said
“When we ran into trouble with the shed and couldn’t afford to put a concrete floor and couldn’t put the doors on it, Darrell said he couldn’t help do the work but he could help with the money,
“He handed me an envelope and that contained enough money to lay down the floor.”
Mr McDougall said the Narrogin Men’s Shed would not be able to survive without the generosity of the Wiese family and the wider community.
“Darrell and his family generously paid for the concrete floor and allowed us to finish the shed and turn it into the space it is now,” he said.
“The boys decided we would put his name on it to acknowledge the generosity of Darrell and his family.
“Darrell’s wife, son and daughter attended the opening to do the honour of opening the shed for us.”
Attendees enjoyed a morning tea and had the chance to look around the new shed.