By Jessica Anstice
The Berwick Woodworkers Club officially opened their new homestead at the Old Cheese Factory in Berwick.
Forming in 1986 and operating out of a private backyard shed in Hampton Park, the Berwick Woodworkers are a group of people committed to creating hand-made toys for those in need, especially those doing it tough during the festive season.
Member for Narre Warren South Gary Maas was welcomed by club president Len Preece, vice president Brian Crowe and committee members Elsie Hoare and John McMahon as they officially opened their new homestead on Saturday 16 March.
The Woodworker’s new club space includes a modern workspace, storage area and clubroom where members can master their skills, socialise with friends and continue serving the community through their donations of toys.
Mr Maas said he was delighted to meet all the club members in attendance.
“The Berwick Woodworkers are a great group of people who make an important contribution to our community,” Mr Maas said.
“It was wonderful to witness members showcase their new facility and display their hand-made toys with great pride and excitement.
“This wonderful facility will ensure that the woodworkers can continue to grow and excel in the community.”
Currently, the club has more than 80 members.
“Along with its increased membership the clubs reputation within the community has also grown, now being recognised, not only for its talented wood artists but also for its dedicated community support,” member Elsie Hoare said.
President Mr Preece said on behalf of the club they are very grateful for the support and cooperation they received from the Old Cheese Factory staff.