Sheringham Shed, a new community workshop that has opened in the town centre, is now open for business and everyone is welcome to come and see what it has to offer. reports Tony Rothe.
The Shed building is on Wyndham Street in the heart of the city of Sheringham. It was created by the municipality Lighthouse Community Church combat loneliness, isolation and poor mental health in men and women by working together on various types of projects, which has been described as “Community through Activity”.
There is a workshop downstairs, pictured abovefor people to participate in activities such as carpentry, recycling and repairs, while the upstairs facility is available for a variety of groups including discussion groups, arts and crafts , computer courses and, currently, a life skills course.
Sheringham Shed is affiliated with the national organization British Men’s Shed Association, which was created to provide community spaces for people to connect, converse and create. Activities are often similar to garden sheds, but for groups of people to have fun together, which helps to reduce loneliness and isolation, and simply provides enjoyment.
Daniel Wardproject coordinator, said: “It’s been about four years since we embarked on our Shed project, and it’s taken longer than expected to really get off the ground, mainly due to funding issues and, of course, restrictions related to the pandemic. However, I am delighted to say that we now have a few groups operating successfully. I urge anyone who wants to know what we are about to show up on a Tuesday morning and see for them -selves »
There is a men’s community workshop session every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.. It’s a chance for the men to come together for a cup of tea and a chat and learn new skills or share their skills with others in the functional workshop area downstairs. A number of women have expressed interest in using the workshop and Daniel hopes to launch a workshop session for women very soon.
There is also a group called ‘life skills‘ all Tuesday from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.. These sessions aim to teach people how to make their money work, with topics such as “How to budget” and minimize energy consumption. There are only a few sessions left in the current Lifeskills course, but there are plans to start another course soon.
Priory patch, shown at righta sister project to Sheringham Shed, is a community garden/smallholding on a 60 by 40 meter space located at Regis Beeston just outside Sheringham. The aims of the Patch are the same as those of the Shed – to use the space to combat loneliness, isolation and poor mental health.
A group of people came together at The Patch in 2021 and enjoyed working together – clearing, planting and laying the groundwork for a project that will improve the area, including wildlife habitats, now and for future generations. However, the project was put on hold over the winter as an excavator was used to completely level the site and move a lot of rubbish and broken farm machinery.
Daniel explained: “We still aim to use this space to grow fruit and vegetables, maybe plant an orchard and even keep some animals. We also want The Patch to be wheelchair accessible, by installing wider walkways and raised beds, which means it really can be a place for everyone. From this base, we aim to carry out many exciting projects in the city. »
Daniel is looking to revive this group as soon as the weather starts to improve in the next few weeks.
Anyone interested in the Shed or the Patch can visit the website, sheringhamshed.orgor the Facebook page.
Alternatively, send an e-mail [email protected]. or phone 01263 824020 for more information.
The Shed office is currently open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to From Monday to Wednesday (3 p.m. on Tuesday).
The Sheringham shed is part of Lighthouse Charitable Trusta registered charity, and is located at 10 Wyndham Street, Sheringham, Norfolk NR26 8BA.
Read our previous story about Sheringham’s shed.
Sheringham Shed photos courtesy of Gareth Gabriel at https://filmand.photo/
Patch photo courtesy of Daniel Ward.
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Tony Rothe, 09/03/2022