South Holland could get its first ever Men’s Sheds with two community projects in the starting blocks.
Men are invited to a launch event in Spalding tomorrow (Wednesday) to hear about a shed project that will allow them to meet in a friendly spot to tinker on individual or community projects.
The meeting starts at 10.30am at Tonic Health, Broadgate House, Westlode Street.
Businessman Jack Tyrrell’s plan to launch a Men’s Shed won backing from our readers and he’s holding a public meeting at the Royal British Legion Club, Long Sutton, at 7pm on Tuesday, March 14.
The Men’s Shed is a fast-growing, international organisation that originally started in Australia and one of the people interested in joining the Long Sutton project is London-born Ray Cutbill (78), who has returned to the UK after 20 years in Perth, Western Australia.
Ray will be the guest speaker at the Long Sutton meeting and will share his knowledge and experience of Men’s Sheds.
He has a wife, Irene, and found the Men’s Shed a valuable for men from all walks of life but says it was particularly helpful for men who found themselves widowed.
Ray, a retired electrical design engineer, said: “A lot of doctors were referring men to the Men’s Sheds to get them out of the home and doing things.”
Jack has a glasshouse at his Silverwood Garden Centre in Brownsgate and wants to convert that into a Men’s Shed to give men from the Suttons and Tydd St Mary somewhere to meet if there is enough backing at the public meeting.
He hopes a steering group will be formed to take the project forward.
Jack chairs EELS (Entertainments and Events in Long Sutton), which gives away hundreds of free Christmas presents to children. Many of the gifts need running repairs and the Men’s Shed would be perfect for that.
The South Holland Men’s Shed project came about after community groups joined forces to make it happen, including Chain Bridge Forge, Tonic Health and Ivo Day Centre.
Heidi Haxeltine, of Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service, has been supporting its launch.
She said: “The idea is to create a really relaxed, informal environment where men can be side-by-side perhaps tinkering on individual or community practical projects.
“It’s a kind of social group with a difference that will hopefully just be a bigger version of your usual garden shed where men can do whatever they’d be up to out there, but have the benefit of each other’s company at the same time.
“It’s a place to have a laugh, socialise, pursue practical interests and stay active.”