Permanent base sought for club

THE Invercargill Coffin Club is ‘‘progressing very well’’ coordinator Kath Gaines says, but requires a permanent home.
The club was looking for a space where members could work on the construction, painting or decorating of their coffins, she said.
‘‘We need premises which can be locked up where we can leave our tools and where people can call in when they want… Some of our members are retired, some work shift work, and some may only be able to come in the weekends.’’
At present, some members were working from sheds and some had not started constructing a coffin because they had no shed.
‘‘We need a place to call home. With all the vacant buildings around, there must be some benefit to have people working in them to add to their security,’’ she said.
Since the club began two months ago, up to 40 people from throughout Invercargill and as far away as Tuatapere, Makarewa and Riverton had attended meetings and coffins were being created, Mrs Gaines said.
‘‘It’s really good to see coffins complete.’’
One member said he had already made three — one for himself, one for his wife, and a spare. Another woman had made one for herself in a week. Then her friends heard about it and she made another two in the next two weeks for them, Mrs Gaines said.
But the meetings were more than just about building coffins, she said.
‘‘It’s not just about arriving, building a coffin and leaving again. People are getting together and enjoying meeting new folk and learning new things.’’

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