Gosport MP opens extension for mens shed group

Harry Ansell, from Gosport Men's Shed, with Caroline Dinenage and founder of the group Martin Corrick

The group has opened bigger premises
Harry Ansell, from Gosport Men's Shed, with Caroline Dinenage and founder of the group Martin Corrick The group has opened bigger premises
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A GROUP for older men is going onwards and upwards thanks to an extension to its headquarters.

The Gosport Men’s Shed invited MP Caroline Dinenage to open its new bigger site at St Vincent College.

We have got a beautiful place here and membership is going up and up all the time.

Roy Sparshott

Since launching in 2013, the group has grown and now it has more than 100 members.

To help with space, it was donated an annexe, which has been refurbished into a social area.

Roy Sparshott, vice-chairman, said: ‘Opening the extension was special.

‘What we want to try to do is get the word out about the shed and what we do.

‘We have got a beautiful place here and membership is going up all the time.

‘There is such a diverse group of people and it’s a great place to come.’

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage said she was impressed by how much the group has grown since the idea was first pitched to her.

She said: ‘I always enjoy catching up with the lovely chaps at the Gosport Men’s Shed and was thrilled to see their fantastic extension which they have worked so hard for.

‘I feel a closeness to this group as I was at their very first meeting and have maintained a close friendship with them.’

Gosport Men’s Shed gives older men somewhere they can do a hobby or project.

It was originally started to help men suffering from depression or isolation. But now, anyone can join.

Member Clyde Campouser added: ‘When we first started a lot of people were recommended to us from doctors.

‘But now we have members from all walks of life who just want something to do.’