Men’s Shed rift prompts mass defections

A COURT-FUELLED rift in the Toodyay Men’s Shed has led to mass resignations and the formation of a new rival group that has registered the name ‘Moondyne Men’.

Veteran Men’s Shed member Jeff Roberts (right) applied in the Northam Magistrates’ Court last month for a restraining order against former Men’s Shed member Owen Webb, who is now a member of Moondyne Men.

It followed a verbal dispute between the pair after five former Men’s Shed committee members – including the chairman and secretary – resigned their elected positions and quit their Shed membership on April 14.

The former committee had voted 4-1 on March 10 for Mr Roberts to resign from the committee over several emails he sent to other members and for “serious concerns” about his ability to continue in the role.

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