MEN’S SHED: John Forster, Darryl Wright and Allan Sheppard digging in to get the job done before the end of the month.
MEN’S SHED: John Forster, Darryl Wright and Allan Sheppard digging in to get the job done before the end of the month. Kate Darvall

Men's Shed builds up to Nanango State School celebration

IN THE lead up to Nanango State School's 150 year anniversary, the Nanango Men's Shed is making 27 picnic style tables to commemorate and celebrate the milestone.

Anniversary committee member and mother of two at the school Ann Black said the picnic tables, made possible from a Heritage Bank grant, marked the anniversary perfectly.

"We were trying to think of something big to help commemorate it," she said.

"Some do a plaque but we thought the school needed more seating."

She said the 27 picnic tables represented the 27 different principals who served at the school.

Ms Black said the Men's Shed worked flat out to deliver the tables, and couldn't wait to reveal them at the anniversary celebration in February.

"Their hard work just shows how much community involvement there is around the school," she said. 

MEN'S SHED: John Forster, Allan Sheppard and Darryl Wright digging in to get the job done before the end of the month. Photo Kate Darvall/ South Burnett Times
MEN'S SHED: John Forster, Allan Sheppard and Darryl Wright digging in to get the job done before the end of the month. Photo Kate Darvall/ South Burnett Times Kate Darvall

Nanango Men's Shed project co-ordinator Allan Sheppard said he and the other men felt the project was a "worthwhile community cause".

"It's been well embraced, everyone has gotten in and pitched in to do their bit," Mr Sheppard said.

He said up to 20 men from the Men's Shed were involved and they all felt it was an "extremely important, major project to participate in".

"We've got quite a production line going," he said.

"It's been a couple of months now doing about 12 hours a week on that project.

"So 12 hours by 20 men, since July, that's a lot of hours."

Mr Sheppard said about 17 tables were already delivered to the school but the members would need to put their heads down if they wanted to finish the 27 by their end of November goal.

"There's certainly a lot of incentive to get in and do a worthy job for the school and its community," he said.

The Nanango State School will celebrate its 150 year anniversary on February 12 and 13.

To share your own story or memories at the school, visit the Nanango State School 150th Anniversary page on facebook or email editorial@southburnett times.com.au.

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