The Fixit Fellas (aka Capel Men's Shed) will be out and about at the South West Rail and Heritage Centre (SWRHC) Open Day on Sunday, October 28, 2018, from 10:00am to 2:00pm.
This talented crew will have lots of goodies to keep those men-and she-sheds fully stocked. Thus, they have been busily making and restoring a host of items, just ready for your perusal and consideration on this special day.
A selection of the items that the Men's Shed has produced and examples of what will be on sale on the Open Day.
Come along and bring your bits and pieces for repair and advice. Not to forget your list of 'must haves' for the shed, and check out some special gifts for those hard-to buy-for people on your Christmas list.
Full steam ahead
The Fixit Fellas, along with members of the other resident groups, the Boyanup Foundation Blacksmiths, the Preston River Old Machinery Group and the South West Model Railway Group will offer advice and solutions to fixing broken items, or restoring machinery etc., according to their areas of expertise, as well as operating various items as usual.
Some 'fixings' for the children
The children will love a ride on the 'parent-powered' merry-go-round, made from recycled materials, being a train driver on the Norm Flynn Express and see the model railway in action. If that is not enough, they will find plenty of machinery, trains, noise, workshops, sheds and general activity to have them exploring and completely enthralled.
Tummy rumbling fixed here
The verandah of the Picnic Van on the SWRHC site was constructed by the Men's Shed. The decorative edging reflects the verandahs that were often a part of the railway stations of the past.
Light refreshments will be available from the 'Picnic Van', a converted guard's van. Warming toasties, sandwiches, cakes, ice creams, cold drinks, tea and coffee will be on show, plus the ever-popular sausages will be a-sizzling.
Parking and toilets available
Toilet facilities are available, including a toilet suitable for people with a disability. There is plenty of parking, just follow the signs to find your convenient parking spot.
You will be there in no time
The South West Rail and Heritage Centresituated in Turner Street, Boyanup, an accessible and timely day trip from Perth, is well worth the experience, and open from 10:00am to 2:00pm. For more information, please contact Norm Chapple at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0459 712 552. You may also find this website and their Facebook page helpful, and entry is by donation.
All photos are from the SWRHC collection unless otherwise noted in the article. Artwork by John F.