SET UP in order to give men something fun and useful to do in their retirement years, there are now 10 Men’s Sheds in the wider Portsmouth area – with the latest one being set up in Fareham.
The Men’s Shed movement started in Australia and is now growing strongly across the UK. They are places where men, mostly retired, can get together to have a cup of tea and make new friends, build or make things, learn new skills, and support their local communities.
The Fareham Men’s Shed was set up in June with help from Community Action Fareham, at the back of Titchfield Festival Theatre, in St Margaret’s Lane.
The group mees on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am and has the use of the theatre’s facilities for meetings and socialising.
The aim is for the Fareham Men’s Shed to have a large enough membership to become a fully independent community organisation so that it can register as a charity in the New Year.
The men involved come from a wide range of backgrounds and have many skills and a lot of enthusiasm.
A workshop has been set up at the theatre with a good selection of tools, including a woodworking lathe, all of which have been kindly donated.
With the help of the Gosport Men’s Shed and the Crofton Lions, they also had a stall at the Stubbington Fair which attracted many inquiries.
Some of these came from from wives who felt they might like their husbands to consider getting involved...
The group is now campaigning for new members.
It is also seeking grant funding in order to expand the workshop and activities area.
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