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Men's Sheds:

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 there's a social side with weekly meetings, talks, activities and outings.a place to sit and relax.  Alongside our workshop, we have built a social extension for games, activities or chat over a cup of tea.

The big idea is that a Shed is a friendly, and inclusive place to build new social networks and friendships; talk about the issues and experiences that affect our lives; 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: Refurbished Toys for Woodley Pre-School

We were asked by Cupernham Pre-School to refurbish a house, cooker and table for the little ones.  John and Tony took up the challenge - and the playthings look just like new!

If you have an idea for a community project -

email us at - romseymensshed@gmail. com

Or               for our  Facebook  page.       

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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.

Using recycled wood, we make bird, bug and bat boxes for sale, and they are proving very popular.  We often sell through local craft markets or donate items for local charity shops to sell. We built our social extension as a place for tea and chat, games.  We meet weekly at the Dr Peter Centre on Wednesday mornings, and we have active social events such as bowling, fishing, an art group and walking football.  See our video from Southampton Local TV 

With thanks to Southern Daily Echo

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Find out more on our Membership page, or for what's on see our SHEDule page.

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