The Hungerford Community Shed

The Hungerford Community Shed has a newly formed committee of local residents of Hungerford, and is now affiliated with the UK Men’s Shed association. We are in the process of finding a suitable location. We are talking to local authorities and busineses, as well as liaising with the other established Men’s Community Sheds in the surrounding towns. We are open to new members over the age 18 of any gender who would like to help us establish this very worthwhile community project and to any local businesses that may wish to confirm their social responsibility commitment and help in any way they can.

The purpose of the Hungerford Community Shed is to encourage people to come together to make, repair and repurpose items, supporting projects in their local communities and to promote the preservation and protection of local residents’ good health, improving wellbeing, reducing loneliness and combatting social isolation, in particular but not limited for those who are retired, unemployed or have health problems through the provision of facilities for hobbies, recreation or other leisure time occupations including practical interests, skills sharing, the learning of new skills. Thus benefitting the community as a whole.

The slogan for men’s sheds is “Shoulder To Shoulder”, shortened from “Men don’t talk face to face, they talk shoulder to shoulder”.  The best way to make lasting friendships is to share creative activities together. “Sheds” have been proven to save lives. Many health centres now refer patients to local “Sheds”.

The Hungerford Shed will be whatever its members want it to be and will have a very democratic constitution. Ideally we envision a spacious workshop consisting of a full range of woodworking tools, including table saw, band saws, pillar drills, lathes, routers, scroll saws and a full range of hand tools. And if space permits a metal lathe and milling machine and a range of metal working tools plus an electronics section. We aim not to compete with local trades but rather to collaborate with them for mutual benefit and the benefit of the environment through recycling and repurposing.

The Hungerford Community Shed will be committed to take health and safety seriously and to adopt a discipline of standard operating procedures and practices that have evolved from the experience of the thousands of successful sheds around the world and to have several members who are trained First Aiders.

How to get involved

If you would like further information or would like to get involved please contact Nick Wedgwood  at nickwedg@gmail.com or Bruce Mayhew at bruce@brucemayhew.co.uk

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