The setting up of a Men’s Shed in Alresford is making good progress. We don’t have a building yet but we are working hard towards it with our expanded team of seven trustees. More than thirty people who are interested in joining have contacted us since we advertised in the October Forum.
The range of skills represented includes joiner, cabinet maker, lawyer, and IT specialists. There are people who want to learn skills and do woodworking, electronics, mobility aids, DIY, building an electric car and fixing motorbikes. If you haven’t got the skill you can gain it in a friendly relaxed environment. An appropriate building (>120 m2, bigger than 4 double garages) with minimal rent – hasn’t been found so far, but if you know of one please contact us. We believe that ultimately we shall have to build our own. We have applied to Alresford Town Council for land at Arlebury Park to build it on, and building plans are being drawn up for when we get some land.
Meanwhile, until the shed is ready, we are seeking a shop or office near the centre of town where we can set up a Pop-up Repair Centre, which would provide a repair/recycling service for household objects. We throw away vast amounts of stuff, things with almost nothing wrong with them. These could get a new lease of life after a simple repair, that small job that you can’t get a tradesman to do, in exchange for a donation to the shed. We are applying on many fronts for funding and have so far received £1,500 from Alresford Pigs with a promise of more, £800 from Jackie Porter(Lib Dem) Hampshire County Councillor, and we have asked our Town Council for building land and funding.
The next Shed meeting is at Arlebury Park on 14th December at 11.00 am. Come along and find out what it’s all about. Meet the guys with whom you will be working shoulder to shoulder over a drink and a snack after the meeting. But please, for catering number, it is essential that you contact us to notify your attendance if you didn’t come to the October meeting.