CORONAVIRUS - we are starting to reopen - see the SHEDule page for current activities
What's the big idea?
Read on to find out
We are a group of mainly older men who have fun doing things together and getting involved. Men’s Sheds are like a typical man’s garden shed only larger and well equipped with workbenches 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 enjoy the social side, it’s also a place to sit and relax, have a chat, listen to talks or go on an outing. Last autumn we opened our social extension, with a games, art group and discussions.
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 - all for local organisations that help the young, old and families. We’ve helped at the Mayor’s picnic, the relay marathon and other community events. On the last Saturday of each month we run a RepairShed where people bring in small items for for repair. So far some people have brought in around 150 items - and we've repaired 85% of them. Please for a list of our recent projects.
SHEDline News: Meetings and Activities now online
In these days of lockdown, RMS has moved many meetings online. Malcolm K chairs the weekly meeting using Zoom, with more than 20 members joining in. There are online photo competitions, story telling, quizzes and art sessions. Members have made a number of craft items for sale at Saxon Way Coop.
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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 such as the Ampfield Village Hall market. The big event for us in 2019 was the construction of our social extension. Next to the workshop, it's a place for tea and chat, games, and talks. And we also have active social events such as bowling, fishing, an art group and walking football. 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.
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