Lockdown can’t stop the Woodies


Handmade delights: Toy Makers of the Southern Peninsula Woodworkers Gerry Gilliland, Bert Bartlett, Gaven Davis, Noel Archdall, David Taylor, John Feeley, David Spring, David Palmer, Anne Miller, Janice Rickard and Tim Rickard display some of their 631 toys. Picture: Barry Irving

THIS Christmas looked like being a sad affair when the first and second COVID-19 lockdowns caused the Southern Peninsula Woodworkers workshop to close for 29 weeks.

But nothing could deter the enthusiasm and dedication of Gaven Davis and his team of toy makers. For more than 20 years the Woodworkers have made toys for charities on the peninsula and, despite being without the extensive facilities of the club’s workshop, they decided to make toys at home.

When the club reopened recently the toy makers and their wives had produced 631 toys, including mattresses and blankets for cradles and prams.

Other toys included dolls’ houses with furniture and scooters and small racing cars.

Unfortunately, the pandemic still impacted the celebratory handover to charities Food for All, Western Port Community and the Salvation Army, but the club was still able to pass over the toys in time for them to prepare for Christmas gift giving.

First published in the Southern Peninsula News – 8 December 2020


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