IT has been almost 20 years since Armour Beardsley first tried to bring a men’s shed to Mortlake. Yesterday the dream finally came true.
The Mortlake woman said her late husband Ken had wanted a place in the town for blokes to gather and pursue their hobbies, but what is now seen as an asset for men’s health was a new concept at the time.
Seeing his dream come to reality, Mrs Beardsley was thrilled yesterday as member for Polwarth Terry Mulder officially opened the Mortlake Men’s Shed on Officer Street.
“It’s been in the back of my mind and I wanted to keep going with Ken’s dream to have a men’s shed and now it’s all happened,” Mrs Beardsley said.
“I have always thought about it the whole time. I never had the project out of my mind. It’s a dream come true today. I only wish he could be here to see it.
“He would be absolutely overjoyed, just the happiest person today if he could just be here to see it.
“He always had a work shed of his own — he just loved that sort of thing.”
Mrs Beardsley said a committee had secured grants from the Australian Men’s Shed Association and the Department of Human Services to transform the old Mortlake Scout Hall.
“It was going to be pulled down when the scouts finished so we’ve saved a lot of Mortlake history as well.
“It’s just a wonderful idea for men. It doesn’t have to be all work; they can just go and enjoy themselves.
“We’re mainly focusing on men’s health.
“I’m delighted about it and the community is excited.
“There are a lot of unmarried men or men without their partners now who can go down there with the opportunity to have a chat or do something together.”