It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Howlong, with the Howlong Men’s Shed unveiling the handcrafted Christmas decorations they have designed and built over the past six months.
Councillor David Longley and Federation Council staff joined members of the Men’s Shed and their guests, as well as Howlong Lions Club members, to celebrate the achievements of the group with a delicious morning tea.
The project was part of council’s Christmas Fund Program, where grants were provided to local community organisations to design, construct and install festive decorations.
The program also supported the Corowa Business Chamber and Mulwala Progress Association, who last year co-ordinated unique decorations in Corowa and Mulwala.
In his address to the group, Cr Longley congratulated those involved in making the decorations, which includes a series of Santa Clause silhouettes, Christmas trees and reindeers that will be displayed in the town centre and along Hawkins Street.
A special Christmas scene will be exhibited on the wall in the IGA carpark and a charming nativity scene has also been created.
As part of the project, local resident Gwen McCarthy has been busy knitting mini Santas for shops as well as two larger versions that will appear in the Hume Bank window and a vacant shop front.
The Howlong Lions Club has generously agreed to assist the Men’s Shed with installing the decorations in Hawkins Street, during the first week in December.
It is expected that the decorations will be a real talking point for residents and visitors to the town.
“It is great to see community groups collaborating with council to develop something unique for the town that will last for years,” Cr Longley said.
“I am looking forward to seeing the finished products on display.”
Cr Longley said he was impressed by the work completed by the group and recognised the important role the Men’s Shed plays in the community.
“Men’s Shed’s provide a place where men can feel useful, share common activities and socialise with other men,” he said.
“The Howlong Men’s Shed have completed a number of great projects for the community and they are a valuable and very welcoming group.”
The Howlong Men’s Shed meets every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 8.30am to midday in Gibson Place.
Anyone interested in becoming a member can contact John Coughlan on 0428 559 154 or visit www.mensheds.org.au for more information on other Men’s Sheds in the region.
The Christmas spirit will continue in Corowa with the Christmas Festival on November 24 and 25 in Sanger Street, with the lighting of the Christmas Tree on the evening of Friday, November 24.
The Mulwala Progress Association will bring the joy to Melbourne Street with the mini wooden Christmas trees and Mulwala’s Christmas tree on display at Miss Ross Hill.