Welcome to Romsey Men's Shed Home Page
And if you like what you see, why not get in touch or come along and meet us at our shed. We'll tell you more about ourselves, our shed and what we do.
What's the big idea?
We are a group of mainly older men who have fun getting together and being involved. Men’s Sheds are like a typical man’s garden shed only larger and well equipped with benches and a range of machine and hand tools. Using their skills and knowledge, members work together on practical projects that benefit the local community. And for those who prefer the social side, it’s a place to sit and relax, enjoy a chat over a cup of tea, or go on an outing. We will be opening our new social extension in the autumn.
The big idea is that a Shed is a friendly, and inclusive place to talk about the issues and experiences that affect our lives; build new social networks and friendships; and share our skills. It’s well known that a sense of purpose and social activity has a very positive effect on health and well-being in later life. By working ‘shoulder to shoulder’ we aim to reduce social isolation and promote active and healthy lifestyles in later life.
Sheds are intentionally informal in approach and welcome men (and some women) from all walks of life – whatever their working backgrounds - including those who can be the hardest to reach.
Having fun, helping in the community
We’ve taken on a number of practical projects around Romsey and enjoy working for the benefit of the community. We’ve made planters, fixed shelves, decorated rooms, and repaired play equipment for various local organisations that help the young, old and families. We’ve helped at the Mayor’s picnic, the relay marathon and other community events. We run a monthly RepairShed where people bring in small items for for repair. So far some 100 people brought in around 150 items - and we've repaired 85% of them. RepairShed is on the first Saturday in each month starting again on October 5th. Please for a list of recent projects. And we also have active social events such as bowling, fishing and walking football.
SHEDline News: Social Extension Officially Open
On Wednesday 30th October, Deputy Mayor of Test Valley, Cllr Mark Cooper officially opened our social extension. Alongside our workshop, it was designed, built and fitted-out by our members it's a place for quieter activities like art and games groups and discussions. Come and see for yourself during our open week - 10 to 12 Mon 11th to Fri 15th Nov.
For more news for our Facebook page.
Using recycled wood, we have also started making bird, bug and bat boxes for sale, and they are proving very popular. Watch out for our stall at various local events. The big event for us in 2019 will be the construction of our social extension. Next to the workshop, this will be a place for tea and chat, games, and talks. Watch our latest video from Southampton Local TV
Men's Sheds started over 20 years ago in Australia. Part of a national movement, there are now over 400 sheds in the UK with close to 40 in Hampshire. Here in Romsey we've built our workshop on the site of the Romsey School (to the left by the front gates), and we're building a social extension. Our membership is growing rapidly and is now close to 40. And we're always keen to welcome new members.
With thanks to Southern Daily Echo
Why not get in touch? E: T: 07707 484251
Thursday meetings at 10.00 or go to the SHEDule page for what's on.