Willing and able with skills and tools

Willing and able with skills and tools

Nationally there are 517 Men’s Sheds, at least 40 in Hampshire, including the New Milton Men’s Shed, a thriving initiative with an enthusiastic membership, occupying a workshop building at the Fernhill Sports Ground courtesy of New Milton Town Council.

During the first week of September, the official opening ceremony featured a ceremonial cutting of the cord by the New Milton Town Mayor, Cllr Alvin Reid, using the appropriate tools for the job, aided and abetted by the New Milton Men’s Shed Chairman, Adrian Duckett.

Adrian Duckett appreciated all the support received so far saying “I would like to thank all those who have supported New Milton Men’s Shed practically with the donation of equipment and financially, especially the New Milton Lions who have put us into a more secure position from which we can develop. Also New Milton Town Council for the use of the workshop at Fernhill Sports Ground. However, the Shed would not exist if it wasn’t for the vision of Jill Hennah of New Milton Residents Association and the hard work of HCC Cllr Fran Carpenter in setting up the steering committee and supporting our start-up”

Attending the official opening ceremony, the Chairman of the Amenities Committee, Cllr Geoff Blunden said “I’m delighted that we have been able to help in getting the New Milton men’s shed group up and running by providing their first home. Over the past few months I have seen its members grow and witnessed the real health and social benefits that such a group offers all those involved. From the start they have got stuck in helping various local community projects using the varied practical and management skills of the members…….well done, thank you and keep up the good work.”

The New Milton Men’s Shed provides a social hub for like-minded folk to meet up, share skills and knowledge, and undertake practical projects in the wider community. During their first year they’ve been involved with the New Milton Dementia & Community Allotment, building a splendid gazebo complete with seating.

New Milton Army Cadets requested the Men’s Shed help in repainting their cadet hall at Ashley Junior School, and that was another fantastic job well done, with the Cadets showing their appreciation and presenting a certificate of gratitude to the Men’s Shed and to Brewers for donating the paint.

As well as supporting the community, the Men’s Shed is a great way to socialise, talk about everything and anything, and providing friendship along the way. Working together is proven to help general well-being, encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle and definitely beats loneliness.

If you feel the need for company, enjoy making things, like talking about technical stuff and miss the workshop banter, then you’ll get a warm welcome at the New Milton Men’s Shed.

For further information about the Men’s Shed please contact Adrian Duckett tel: 07979 285001.

For further information about this press release please contact New Milton Town Clerk, Graham Flexman, tel: 01425 619120

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