Inspired by the success of Men’s Sheds elsewhere, three friends got together in October 2015 to set up Romsey Mens Shed (RMS). We became a registered charity and began the task of finding a suitable site and raising the funds needed. With much support and help from The Romsey School we were offered a site by the former caretaker’s house just to the left of the main entrance gates. We secured the necessary planning permission to build a Shed and raised the money needed with generous grants from Test Valley Borough Council and the National Lottery, as well as a number of other contributions and donations.
Then it was time for members to get to work, first building a concrete base for the Shed, a sitting area and accessible toilet. And once the pre-fabicated Shed was erected, we finished the fitting-out, plumbing, and electrics. Most recently, we built the workbenches, and installed a range of power and hand tools.
After 15 months of intense effort, the Shed opened officially on 28th March, and is now in regular use. And we've now built and completed a social activities extension.
Members meet weekly for a couple of hours talking about many things – projects in the community, social activities and outings, or talks on topics such as modern technology, health, or local interest. Our regular Thursday meetings continue, but now the Shed is open several days a week for project workdays, art group and games sessions. And there are regular social and wellbeing events such as bowling, fishing and table tennis.
How do I get involved ?
The best way to get involved is to send a message by email or through our website. We'll invite you to come in one Wednesday morning to see the Shed in action, meet a few members and talk through any questions. We also meet most Thursdays from 10 in the Community Lounge at the Romsey School, Greatbridge Road, Romsey. It's at the back of the sports hall near the far end of the site. Many members walk or cycle but if you choose to come by car, ask about the designated Men’s Shed parking spaces.
If you are interested in joining us, please for the contact form and we'll get back to you. You can also email us on or leave a message on 07707 484251.