About our shed
Grawin Glengarry Sheepyard Opal Fields Mens Shed is a small community west of Lightning Ridge & Nor west of Walgett.It is a small permanent population of folk who reside here all year.An increase of numbers happen round about Easter time and stays till October early Novemeber.It is like a working retirement village with most working opal mines .Heat sends the southerners home!
From start-up in 2011 at Glengarry ,then a move to Grawin in 2014 ,this Shed has grown in active members and great working areas with a play area too .Many have come and gone ,one out two in ,constant changing thru generally health and ageing.Women are accepted with open arms -cos they bring in the yummy foods ! many have learnt a craft or two ,and visitors from afar come back often and join up or make generous donations .Health issues are many . Open discussions and information have helped many ,as mediacl assistance is far away for us all .A cup of tea cures lots of woes and misery -it's all about communication.
All visitors are welcome -free camping providing one has shower facility or willing to swim with the yabbies in the dam!
Shed is open every Sunday for the chat and BIG discussions on what or where to go next .Due to summer heat it is not advisable to work outside so members do necessary jobs early morning .
During the last 36months many projects have been constructed and completed ,thanks to Grant funding.Now in stitu is three 20ft containers with amazing tropical roof for coolness and shelter.Between two containers is a working open area for welding and other projects.The latest container is almost full of lenghts of cypress limbs used for many artifacts that are sold on a regular basis at Lightning Ridge Visitor Information Centre.Without this outlet this Shed would be in financial strife.This container also with tropical roof has a water tank outside at the rear ,another goldmine of water availibity in case of fire.
The old residential is in use for crafts and craft display.Gradually the "The Craft House" is being improved .Battles with mice plague,white ants and heavy rain created alot of damage .Lack of tradesmen and materials made all think outside the box,hence jobs and materials are sourced from "mitre 11" ,when newcomers from suburbia come out and do a huge clean out of goods that they will actually need if living here .
Every day is different - survival after the 7 year drought and then Covid with horrid mouse plague was dealt with on a level thinking basis .2023 will fire up in a few weeks and off we will all go again for another round of remoteness,feasts ,bandaids,and many handshakes . Rain brought a huge growth of weeds which now have browned off ,so all hands on the rakes and whipper snippers to put at bay the risk of fire .Snakes and redbacks are very active -full alertness to all .Life is great ,each day a bonus .
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