Shed project film will inspire others to set up their own similar groups

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THE success of a project to help retired men in Gosport may be replicated across the area.

Gosport Shed is now the subject of a documentary which will now be shared across the south of England.

TEAM Martin Corrick and fellow volunteers at the Gosport Shed are set to help maintain Fort Brockhurst as part of a project to keep older people active. Picture: Allan Hutchings (132182-991)

TEAM Martin Corrick and fellow volunteers at the Gosport Shed are set to help maintain Fort Brockhurst as part of a project to keep older people active. Picture: Allan Hutchings (132182-991)

Now firmly set up at their base in Fort Brockhurst, in Gunner’s Way, Gosport, members of the group have been awarded £1,000 for Southern Co-operative.

As reported, founder Martin Corrick and his committee had been searching for a location to set up a workshop for retired men to tackle isolation.

With 25 members, the group have been busy working at their casemates in the historic fort, installing new power sockets and setting up the leisure area.

Bosses from the Southern Co-operative visited the project and awarded them the cash, which will go toward running costs.

As previously reported, the film will made by Utility Films, based on the Isle of Wight.

Tony Queree, 74, of Nightingale Close, is the research member of the committee.

He said: ‘It’s going into the West Country and the eastern counties. It will probably draw in more shed projects.

‘The film will be spread around and it’s quite a good trailer.’

Founder Mr Corrick had got inspiration for the project from similar schemes in Australia, which are state funded.

The project in Gosport has rapidly established itself, with support from Gosport council, Gosport Older Persons Forum and Gosport Voluntary Action.

Mr Queree added: ‘From our public meeting in May, in three months we’re in and settled.

‘From day one everyone’s been enthusiastic, put their overalls on and got started.

‘We’ve achieved our early planned results – it’s ongoing.’

Already individual members and groups have donated bags and boxes of tools, both manual and electrical.