GOOD AS NEW: Warwick Men's Shed members Ian Stevens (left) and John Fogarty (right) were happy to help out police officers like Kirsty Moore.
GOOD AS NEW: Warwick Men's Shed members Ian Stevens (left) and John Fogarty (right) were happy to help out police officers like Kirsty Moore. Tessa Flemming

Former glory restored at station with help from craftsmen

THE craftsmen of the Warwick Men's Shed are used to the occasional strange request, but one unique project for the Warwick Police proved to be the ultimate act of community service for the group.

Late last month, Men's Shed secretary Ian Stevens was approached by officer-in-charge Jamie Deacon who was hoping the organisation could help revamp the benches that sat outside their station.

Worn down and flaking, years on the job had left the benches worst for wear and they were headed for the tip before Senior Sergeant Deacon decided to bring the organisation on board.

"We were really debating whether to throw them out but they're too good for that,” he said.

"That's when I thought it may be a good way to get the group involved and keep them on the straight and narrow.”

Over three weeks, the organisation worked hard to return the chairs to their original glory and the difference had to be seen to be believed, according to Mr Stevens.

"I wish we had a before photo,” Mr Stevens said.

"The paint was peeling off and they were terribly weathered.

"Not everybody can do what John (project leader) can do.”

Bringing the benches back to their original timber also proved to be a tribute to the building's illustrious history, Sgt Deacon said.

"It's really good to get them back to timber in a heritage building like this one,” he said.

"They've done a good job.”

And while praise was welcome, Ian Stevens said the success of the project would be measured by the community the station helped to support.

"It's the community satisfaction,” he said.

"Sometimes it's a thank you, but most of the time that's enough.”

The project's completion comes just as the Men's Shed is preparing to move to McEvoy St, next to Theo Cantor Park, which will take place in the next year.