40 attend launch of new Burnham-On-Sea shedders group
40 people attended a public meeting in Burnham-On-Sea this week
to mark the launch of a new shedders group.
meeting in the town council chambers gave locals a chance to meet
with exisiting local shedders and hear about the aims.
group pools together a group of shedders who will share tools and
resources to undertake practical, hands-on projects in a friendly,
are delighted at the turnout and the enthusiasm from this new group
- there were plenty of great ideas and community projects suggested,"
Sedgemoor District Council's Health and Wellbeing Officer, Jacqui
Strong, told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
include building bird boxes for Apex Park, wooden tables, and repairing
equipment such as lawn mowers as well as some bigger projects."
had lots of people keen to be involved from Burnham-On-Sea, Highbridge,
the surrounding villages including East Huntspill and West Huntspill,
Abrahams from Frome Men's Shed gave a presentation about how the
initiative already works well in his town.
added: "A Men's Shed is a larger version of the typical man's
shed in the garden - a place where he feels at home and pursues
practical interests with a high degree of autonomy."
are places of skill-sharing and informal learning, of individual
pursuits and community projects, of purpose, achievement and social
"A place of leisure where men come together to work."
shed's activities usually involve making or mending in wood (e.g.
carpentry, joinery, turning, carving, whittling, marquetry, furniture
renovation) but may include metalworking (milling, sheet metal,
welding, etc.) bike repair, gardening, electronics, tool renovation,
boat renovation, model engineering (model railways, planes) and
even building a car. Reclamation, reuse and restoration will feature."
benefit will be to individuals and communities, from the social
interaction to skill sharing, from community projects to personal
projects - there is no specific way in which a shed has to berun,
it is up to each shed to develop and flourish."
next meeting of the new group takes place on Thursday March 9th
from 7pm-9pm at The Old Courthouse in Jaycroft Road, Burnham when
all will be welcome.
above: Village agent Steve Ballinger, Patrick Abrahams from Frome
Men's Shed, William Salmon from the Somerset Levels and Moors Shed,
and Jacqui Strong from Sedgemoor District Council