GET ON-BOARD: Whyalla Men’s Shed handed over a Sjoelen board to residents of Yeltana Nursing Home last week. Accepting the board was Yeltana Nursing Home lifestyle officer Di Slaven with Peter Medlicott. Back, left to right were shedders Ken Godden, Malcolm Roberts and Gary Misan.The craftsmanship of woodworkers at Whyalla Men’s Shed has been in high demand with the popularity of Sjoelen at Whyalla Aged Care.
Shedders handed over a Sjoelen board, or Dutch shuffleboard, for use at Yeltana Nursing Home on Thursday, August 28.
The Men’s Shed had previously constructed two boards, one each for Copperhouse Court and Annie Lockwood Court before residents at Yeltana Nursing Home requested their own board.
Men’s Shed committee member Peter Medlicott said Sjoelen had been a popular activity for some time at Whyalla University of the Third Age and said he was first introduced to and saw the benefits of it at Copperhouse Court.
“I saw a way to introduce a new activity to the residents and with my involvement in the Whyalla Men’s Shed thought it could be a project to assist the community through the shed,” he said.
Yeltana Nursing Home lifestyle officer Di Slaven said through the support of staff the necessary funds were raised within a week.
Ms Slaven accepted the board on behalf of Yeltana residents and thanked the shedders for their handiwork.
“The residents of Yeltana are very happy to have their own board and many thanks go to the Men’s Shed members, especially Peter Medlicott for coordinating the project,” she said.
Sjoelen is a Dutch game played on a two metre long wooden board in which players must slide wooden discs through scoring gates at the opposite end.
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