The Story So Far
One of our key projects as identified in our Action Plan is to set up a Men's Shed in Wayland as a way of addressing the needs of men in the community which can often be overlooked. Following our first public meeting in March in which we presented the idea a small working group has been formed to try and get the project off the ground.
A Men's Shed is a place where men feel at home and can pursue practical interests with a high degree of autonomy. A Men’s Shed offers this to a group of such men of all ages where members share the tools and resources they need to work on projects of their own choosing at their own pace and in a safe, friendly and inclusive venue. They are places of skill-sharing and informal learning, of individual pursuits and community projects, of purpose, achievement and social interaction. A place of leisure where men come together to work.
Having visited the brilliant Mens Shed Norwich we were inspired to find our own venue and we have secured a lease on the former Watton Army Detachment building in Church Walk, Watton.
So, we already have the start of a great group with a lot of enthusiasm and 'can-do' spirit, support from key local agencies, the Partnership to act as the accountable body and apply for funding and now our own building. We are now fitting out the workshop and putting in proper health and safety procedures before opening (we hope) fully in January/February. Interested men can come along to the sessions that are currently taking place to meet existing members, find out more and get involved. If you have any tools or materials that you would like to donate these would be gladly accepted.
The Wayland Men's Shed is a part of the UK Men's Shed Association.
Well its been a busy week, we collected some equipment and installed it in our workshop so thanks to John Bunning for the use of his Van and some of the members for the lifting and lugging about, our workshop is now starting to take shape and should be up and running in the new year. also a thank you to Brian for repairing some of the window frames on our meeting hall.
Thanks for your support.
Richard Adams. Tel: 01953 881004
Venue & Opening Times:
Find us in Church Walk (just off Dereham Road), Watton, IP25 6ET.
Mondays: 10am to 2pm
Wednesdays: 12am to 4pm
Hopefully next year we will be opening on one evening a week to acomodate those that have work committments during the day
Wednesday 11th January, 10am at the Men's Shed, Church Walk, Watton. Feel free to come along to hear what the committee is up to. New committee members always welcome.
Upcoming events for the new year, dates to be confirmed:
- A talk on Bee keeping and Management
- A talk on Model Aircraft,Building & how to fly them
- We will also be running courses on Woodwork and Turning for beginners, Antique Furniture Restoration, and Servicing and Sharpening Petrol Lawn Mowers.
Keep in Touch
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Richard Adams, Chair at gollygosh.1(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)btinternet.com
Suzanne Rhind, Wayland Partnership at suzanne(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)wayland.org.uk or 01953 880204