History – Page Under Construction
The impetus for the Anglesea and District Mens Shed came in the mid 2000’s when a group organised by Paul Jacklin started meeting under the umbrella of the Anglesea Community House. The numbers quickly grew as did the need for a dedicated space. This led to the start of a long term relationship with the YMCA camp as they offered the group space in a workshop on the site of the YMCA camp.
The numbers kept growing and following discusssions with the Shire and the Bowls Club the Mens Shed were allocated some land adjacent to the Bowls Club.
Bob Dwyer led the shed building team using his drafting skills to layout the Shed design and over a period of 12 months the Shed was erected and fitted out with a combined metal work / wood work workshop, a community room / kitchen and of course toilets.
The Anglesea & District Men’s Shed was officially opened by Mr David Koch MLC on the 22nd of March 2012 at the Anglesea Bowling Club. With many VIPs including Gayle Tierney MLC, four Surf Coast Shire councillors, members from the Australian and Victorian Men’s Shed Association, representatives from the Department of Community Services, local community groups including some Blue Cross residents, Anglesea Community House team, and members from the Torquay, East Geelong, Winchelsea, Clifton Springs and Dareel men’s sheds, there was a real buzz and excitement in the room.
As the Shed has developed we found we needed more space in the Community Room and from an OH&S perspective we need to separate the metal work area and the wood working area from each other.