Club proves popular

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MORE than 40 people have responded to Kath Gaines’ request to find others interested in being part of an Invercargill Coffin Makers’ Club.
Since an article appeared in the Southland Express less than two months ago, Mrs Gaines said she had had a steady stream of inquiries.
Some people told her they had been thinking about build› ing their own coffin for years.
‘‘One lady said she had been on to her husband for years to make her a coffin, and another had confessed that he had tried to make one with a Tardis theme.’’
The inaugural meeting of the club will be held at Age Concern rooms on Wednesday, February 3, at 7.30pm (entrance via Nith St).
‘‘Everyone is welcome… and so are their ideas and sugges› tions,’’ Mrs Gaines said.
‘‘It’s not about planning a funeral, it’s about building a casket and what you want to do with it… Some people may want to store pot plants in it, or CDs, DVDS or books, or some may let the dog use it as a bed, or for others they may use it as storage.’’
One of the aims of the club was to give people the oppor› tunity to get›together at least once a week, preferably not only to work on the project but to also enjoy some company and share a cup of tea and refresh› ments, she said.
Mrs Gaines was inspired to start the club after seeing an item on television about the Rotorua Coffin Makers’ Club (since renamed the Kiwi Coffin Club Rotorua), which began in 2003 and is still thriving with about 50 participants.
After a club member’s coffin had been constructed, it was transported to a person’s shed for decoration, then the men begin another one, that club’s founder Katie Williams said.
‘‘Men being men, they don’t want a whole lot of fussing… they are quite content to con› struct a coffin and hand it on to others to decorate and line.’’
Club members were also don› ating small caskets to the local hospital to be used for still› borns.
Mrs Gaines said everyone was welcome to come along to the first meeting.
‘‘Some may decide to become club members, some will want to get on and get their caskets finished, some will want to take their time and see what others are doing, and some may want to plan what they want to do for themselves in the future.’’
For more information phone Mrs Gaines, 0273 836 469.

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