Gosport Shed group thanked with tour of navy base after helping sailors

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Members of a retired men’s group have been thanked for helping the navy.

Gosport Shed, based at St Vincent College, Gosport, were given a tour of the Royal Navy Leadership Academy, at HMS Collingwood.

Lieutenant Commander Neil Caswell, officer in charge, wanted to thank the group after some members helped at an event this year.

Lt Cdr Caswell said: ‘We wanted to show our appreciation and give a special thank you to the Gosport Shed as members helped out at the Brecon Beacons Challenge earlier this year run by our staff at the Outdoor Leadership Training Centre in Talybont.’

As reported, the shed project offers a place for people aged 55 and over to socialise.

It aims to tackle social isolation among people who have retired.

Shed member Bill Willets’ son is serving at the Talybont Centre as a Warrant Officer 1 and needed volunteers.

The men staffed points along the event course.

Shed secretary Barry Blanden said the trip was excellent.

He said: ‘It has taken me back to my navy days.

‘I’m a born and bred Lee-on-the-Solent boy and left the service in 1992 as a Warrant Officer 1 Weapon Engineer.’

On the tour, the 20 Shed members were shown senior rates on the leadership courses who were hoping to be promoted.

They were also show the RNLA and saw a class take on the Cliff and Chasm assault course.

The men had lunch in the wardroom.