Talking heavy metal: From left – Roma Hospital Building Engineering and Maintenance team members
Shaun Roydhouse and Matthew Beutel with Men’s Shed Roma members John Aisthorpe, Alec Waldron
and President Mike Stuhmcke and the donated metal lathe and welder.

The sound of heavy metal rang across Roma Hospital last week – but there wasn’t an electric guitar,
beating bass drum or shrieking rocker in sight.

Instead, hospital Building, Engineering and Maintenance Service (BEMS) team members handed over a
superseded metal lathe and welder to the Roma Men’s Shed.

“We’re doing increasingly bigger jobs these days – and with the new hospital coming, they will get even
bigger,’’ BEMS team member Shaun Roydhouse said.

“The old lathe was just getting too small for the work we need to do so it was time to replace it.

“But it’s still a good working lathe and we gave considerable thought as to how best to dispose of it.

“We decided the Men’s Shed would be the best new home for it as they can use it to do hobby work and
smaller fitting and turning jobs.

“We’re very happy it’s gone to a good home and will continue to have a good working life.’’

Roma Men’s Shed President Mike Stuhmcke said he wanted to thank Roma Hospital and BEMS team
members Mr Roydhouse and Matthew Beutel for thinking of the Men’s Shed when considering the
disposal of the lathe.

He said the donated Myford metal lathe was well-known in the trade.

“It’s an English-made lathe and a good quality machine,’’ he said.

“I’m an old mechanic and fitter and turner by trade.

“So, when I learned the machine was a Myford, I said we’ll have that very quick smart.

“I’ll strip it down, clean it up and it’ll be as good as new. It’s a good machine for hobbyists.’’

Mr Stuhmcke said the lathe would be used to teach people fitting and turning.

“We also get a lot of requests to make things of all kinds, so it will be put to very good use.’’


For further information contact:
James Guthrie
Principal Media Officer, Rural and Remote Qld
Media and Communication
Department of Health
(07) 3708 5379