Toodyay Men's Shed has new home with Harper Road facility now open

Toodyay has a new community asset, with the Men's Shed officially opening on Sunday.

The group has been meeting for the last nine years at a property owned by one of the members, but thanks to a Lotterywest grant and assistance from the Shire of Toodyay, they have a new home.

The Toodyay Men's Shed facility at 5 Harper Road has been constructed from scratch over the last 18 months, with secretary Fred Fellowes estimating members put in $70,000 worth of man hours in the build.

"It is an absolute pleasure to be able to come here," he said.

"We have come to the end of the working stage and now we can get back to what a shed really is - putting out something for the people of Toodyay.

"It is open for anyone over the age of 16 - we are a health and wellbeing group.

"There are a lot of elderly people around Toodyay that are a bit isolated - we want to get them down here so we can give them a place to congregate, socialise and do some work, if they want to.

"I would like to pay heed to all our sponsors and all the people that have done work for us or given us discounts. The committee and the members have put so much work into this."

The Toodyay Men's Shed is open on Mondays and Thursdays from 8.30am - noon, with the group exploring the potential to open on Saturdays also.

The group has about 40 members and plan to hold a community open day at some point in the near future.

For more information, contact Mr Fellowes on 0438 664 321 or toodyaymenshed@hotmail.com.