New Burnham-On-Sea Men's Shed group holds formal opening
formal opening for Burnham-On-Sea's new 'Men's Sheds' group was
held on Tuesday (July 4th).
unique group brings together a group of 'shedders' who share tools
and resources to undertake practical, hands-on projects in a friendly,
and Highbridge's Deputy Mayor Peter Burridge-Clayton led the event
at the group's base, Morland Hall in Pearce Drive, Highbridge, alongside
members of the group and supporting organisations.
Cradock, Chairman of the group, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "One
of the reasons we have launched the group is that there are many
reports of loneliness among men. They don't socialise as much as
they should do which can lead to all manner of problems."
been found that they will socialise if they have an objective, which
is where the Men's Sheds comes in - we provide the facilities to
bring them together. We don't tell them what to do - they can just
come along for a chat and a cuppa if necessary."
Tuesday's opening there was a short talk about the aims and background
of the group and then the Deputy Mayor unveiled a plaque to mark
group has chosen Morland Hall as its base and work is being completed
to adapt the facilities for its needs.
are using part of the annexed section and have a large workbench
in place to work around, with several electric tools, extra lighting
and magnifying glasses," said Tony. "We hope to add a
Portakabin in the coming months to further develop the facilities."
group meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 8.45am-11.45am and 1.45pm-4.45pm,
timed to coincide with the connecting nearby bus service, and men
are welcome to call in for as many or as few sessions as they want.
Tesco store was thanked for its backing of the group, adding that
they gave refreshments during the opening day.
Mathews of Sedgemoor Community Partnership which runs the community
hall said: "We welcome this organisation into our community
programe and congratulate the dedication of this band of volunteer
shedders in overcoming many obstacles in their endeavour to se up
this worthy group."
Some of the group's members at Tuesday's opening