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Christmas art brings early festive cheer to the shire

SJ Men’s Shed members have been busily constructing a series of replica Christmas trees made from different recycled materials...

9 November 2018
Christmas tree with lights shadow

Christmas has come early to the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale courtesy of a unique artistic collaboration between the Shire, local school children and the Serpentine Jarrahdale Men’s Shed.

Since August, SJ Men’s Shed members have been busily constructing a series of replica Christmas trees made from different recycled materials. The men have also built other pieces including stars, angels and rein-garoos - a cross between a reindeer and a kangaroo.

The pieces were last week sent to four local schools - Jarrahdale Primary School, Marri Grove Primary School, Serpentine Primary School and Mundijong Primary School – where they will be adorned with decorations made by students.

The six trees and other pieces will take pride of place at a special community Christmas concert at Jarrahdale Oval on December 14.

Shire President Cr Michelle Rich said the initiative was an opportunity to strengthen community connections in the lead up to Christmas.

“Christmas is a time when community spirit is probably at its strongest and these kind of collaborations are a small yet important way of helping build that sense of community,” Cr Rich said.

“The pieces are looking fantastic which is a credit to the SJ Men’s Shed and also to local school children who’ve been tasked with making some of the decorations.

“If anyone wishes to view the pieces, they’ll be on display next month at a free community Christmas concert in Jarrahdale. Everyone is welcome to attend and we’d love to see as many people there as possible.”

Peter Cuttriss, president of the SJ Men’s Shed, said up to eight members had spent more than two months working on the pieces.

“It’s been a thoroughly enjoyable project and something our members have really embraced,” Mr Cuttriss said.

“We’ve worked on the pieces for roughly six hours a week at the shed and all the material has come from things like pallets and old packing boxes. It’s wonderful to see the hard work the students have put into the decorations and we’re really pleased to have been able to help bring some festive cheer to the shire.”