MEMBERS of the Gunnedah Rural Museum and Gunnedah Men’s Shed gathered on Wednesday morning to mark National Volunteers Week.
The group of locals used their weekly meeting to hold a morning tea and celebrate the contribution volunteers make within the community.
Men’s shed member Bill Barry told The Namoi Valley Independent the group enjoys volunteering at the museum and around Gunnedah.
“While we aren’t affiliated with the official body of the men’s shed, we still like to bring everyone together and have a chat and work together on a variety of things around the museum,” Mr Barry said.
“Meeting every week is a way for us to connect and break down the isolation that can come with living in the bush and for us to volunteer our time within the museum and in the community really is a pleasure.”
Mr Barry said the group was currently working on building a new kitchen for the museum.
“At the moment we are well under way with building our new kitchen,” he said.
“It’s been mostly put together by our members however, we have had some help from contractors who we have had to get for licensing purposes.”
Fellow member Harold Hills said the group enjoys helping the community.
“We love to help out,” Mr Hills said.
“We are always looking for new members so if there is anyone out there that might be interested in joining us, feel free to drop into the museum and say hello.”
Mr Barry said Gunnedah Shire Council was instrumental to the group.
“Council have been a massive supporter of us,” he said.
“If it comes down to grants, or use of the land or whatever they have been terrific for us.”
The group will now look to hosting a Worlds Biggest Morning Tea Fundraiser on May 30.
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