Men’s Shed Activity 2017

The Third Annual General Meeting of Men’s Shed was held on 4th April. Due to the large number attending the meeting was held in the Age Concern, building. Thanks were given to the retiring Chairman, Geoff Collett for the terrific achievement in getting the Shed to its successful current position. The new Chairman, David Leal, was voted in and two other officers were welcomed to the committee to fill vacated posts.

Still growing, with a number of new members joining each month, the Shed is going from strength to strength offering older men of the area west of Chichester, somewhere to go and something to do on weekday mornings. Since starting up just four short years ago with a few local men attending on one or two mornings it outgrew the small, old primary school changing room at Age Concern which it used for meetings and expanded into the room next door. Now offering well equipped workshops for wood and metalwork, for members who wish to use them, it has a social area where most men sit and enjoy a coffee and biscuits as they chat and ‘put the world to rights’. Some work on their hobbies and other projects individually or as a team. There is always something to do covering all levels of skill and abilities but there is no expectation or requirement for members to do anything. Very many firm friendships have developed as men of all backgrounds gather in the informal, safe clubrooms. Many have found it an excellent alternative to loneliness and isolation as well as a chance to have a change of scenery and company for a few hours a week with men of their own age who are ‘in the same boat’.

Following on from the very successful ‘Race Night’ in February to raise funds for Age Concern, Shedders (as they are called) have joined in village events. The Bargain Trail was a chance to sell some of the duplicate tools acquired from generous donations and raise funds for the upkeep of the building. As the weather was so fine and sunny we had a very good day. Even with a team and a half, we were unable to beat the top teams at the Quiz night in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice held at Southbourne Village Hall but we will be ready for them next time.

The recent Village Clean-up saw eleven Shedders in three teams clearing the undergrowth and verges at the north end of Stein Road to fill seven large bags with rubbish. Several people who also ‘Cleaned-up’ Southbourne were rewarded with one of the nest boxes or bat boxes made by Shedders over the winter. We have, for sale, plenty of Bird boxes, Bird tables, Planters, Hedgehog nests and bug hotels and small border fences, well made by those Shedders who enjoy woodworking.

If you are wanting’ Somewhere to go and Something to do’ on weekday mornings (except Wednesday) just call in to Men’s Shed, The Old School, New Road, Southbourne, PO10 8JX or call 07539 103015. You can find us on the Internet at www.southbournemensshed.btck.co.uk