About our shed
Bourke Men's Shed was started in 2008 and now has around 30 members. We are located in the old ambulance station in Mitchell Street Bourke. This is an ideal venue as it gives us plenty of floor space for our various machines. Our main activity is making pens from local timber, which are then sold to tourists and locals. We attend local shows and field days to sell pens and help recruit new members.
Tuesdays is our card morning from 10.30am to 12.00pm, playing games such as euchre, cribbage & Five Hundred.
On Thursdays we have a BBQ lunch and is more of a social day.
We have computers available for use by members and the general public, and operate the Broadband For Seniors program in Bourke.
We work on various community projects, and recently made a dais for the local swimming club.
Visitors are welcome at any time.
Phone0457 276 703
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Men’s Sheds across Australia (that's more Men's Sheds than Macca's restaurants!)
More than 2,500 Men's Sheds operate in 12 countries
The first Men's Shed was established in 1993 (Goolwa, South Australia)
More than 50,000 Australian men participate in Men's Sheds