Gateway Shed

New Community Shed opens its doors

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A communal Shed in which men and women can meet up, share hobbies and make friends was officially opened last Sunday by Leader of the Council, Sybil Ralphs and Chair of the Foxlowe Arts Centre, Peter Kent-Baguley. The GatewaySHED’s open event was held on Sunday 5th June and enabled people to look around the workshop facilities and be inspired as to what they could make, create or build with recycled and repurposed items.

Over the last few months, existing members have renovated a derelict garage in the rear grounds of the Foxlowe Arts Centre in Leek, to create a workshop or Shed space, where members can share the tools and equipment they need to learn new skills and work on projects of their own choosing at their own pace.

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Founder member, Cliff Deighton said, “The aim has been to create a friendly and inclusive workshop space where people can come together to work on individual or community projects. We’ve been inspired by the Men’s Shed movement which started in Australia back in the 1990’s. We wanted to create our own version of a Shed to offer workshop facilities to those who don’t have their own garden Shed or garage or who would like to make things in the company of others – learning new skills and chatting along the way.”

The community Shed is being supported by Royal Voluntary Service which exists to enrich the lives of older people and to ensure that they can continue to live life to the full. They work in partnership with the UK Men’s Sheds Association to support Sheds to set up across the UK.

Jo Phillips, Royal Voluntary Service’s Sheds National Project Manager, who lives in Leek, said, “It’s great to have been involved in setting up a Shed in my home town. There are now over 300 Sheds across the UK – and their benefits are clearly evidenced as places for sharing tools and learning new skills alongside others, but they also provide great social, physical and health benefits to their members, as people make and create in a friendly and inclusive environment. I’m now a signed up member of the GatewaySHED and have already learnt so many new skills as a Shedder during the renovation process!”

The official opening of the Foxlowe GatewaySHED took place during the Volunteer’s Day activities at the Foxlowe Arts Centre. Anyone interested in joining the GatewaySHED – is invited to visit during current opening times, Tues 10-4 and Sat 10-4, visit the GatewaySHED Facebook page, phone 07423 471 018 or  email: gatewayshed@gmail.com. To find out more information about Men’s Sheds across the UK visit www.menssheds.org.uk                   

New Community Shed set to open its doors

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A communal Shed in which men and women can meet up, share hobbies and make friends is set to open its doors from next month. The GatewaySHED is inviting people to join them on Sunday 5th June, to look around the workshop facilities and be inspired as to what they could make, create or build with recycled and repurposed items.

The official opening of the Foxlowe GatewaySHED takes place at 11:30am during the Volunteer’s Day activities taking place from 10am – 4pm at the Foxlowe Arts Centre on Sunday 5th June. Free workshops, music and hand-on activities will be running alongside stands from local community groups to celebrate volunteers from across the Moorlands.

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Anyone interested in finding out more about the GatewaySHED – is invited to attend the Open Day event between 10am – 4pm, visit the GatewaySHED Facebook page, phone 07423 471 018 or  email: gatewayshed@gmail.com. To find out more information about Men’s Sheds across the UK visit www.menssheds.org.uk                   

Over the last few months, existing members have renovated a derelict garage in the rear grounds of the Foxlowe Arts Centre in Leek, to create a workshop or Shed space, where members can share the tools and equipment they need to learn new skills and work on projects of their own choosing at their own pace.

Member, Cliff Deighton said, “The aim has been to create a friendly and inclusive workshop space where people can come together to work on individual or community projects. We’ve been inspired by the Men’s Shed movement which started in Australia back in the 1990’s. We wanted to create our own version of a Shed to offer workshop facilities to those who don’t have their own garden Shed or garage or who would like to make things in the company of others – learning new skills and chatting along the way.”

The community Shed is being supported by Royal Voluntary Service which exists to enrich the lives of older people and to ensure that they can continue to live life to the full. They work in partnership with the UK Men’s Sheds Association to support Sheds to set up across the UK.

Jo Phillips, Royal Voluntary Service’s Sheds National Project Manager, who lives in Leek, said, “It’s great to have been involved in setting up a Shed in my home town. There are now over 300 Sheds across the UK – and their benefits are clearly evidenced as places for sharing tools and learning new skills alongside others. We always say that the most important tool of any Shed is the kettle – as they provide great social, physical and health benefits to their members, as people make and create in a friendly and inclusive environment. I’m now a signed up member of the GatewaySHED and have already learnt so many new skills as a Shedder during the renovation process!”

 

Gateway Shed – December Update

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We have just heard that we are to be one of the three charities supported by Waitrose in their Community Matters green token boxes in the Leek store during January. Please pass on this information to anyone you know locally who shops in the store – and ask them to put their green shopping tokens in the Gateway Shed box to support us! All funds raised from the store scheme will enable us to purchase tools and equipment for our Shedders to use in the future.

For more information download the full Gateway Shed December Update.

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and peaceful festive season and New Year​ and hope to see you at the Shed in early 2016.

New Local Community Shed

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Local men and women are being encouraged to dust off their tool boxes and get involved in a new local community Shed – being planned by the Foxlowe Arts Centre in Leek.

The Gateway Shed is in early days of its development and is looking for local people to get involved to help shape its activities and support the development of this new community workshop space. It is planning on becoming one of a national network of UK based Men’s Sheds that are popping up across the country – a place for making, mending and hobbies where local people feel at home and pursue practical interests with a high degree of autonomy.

The Men’s Shed movement started in Australia back in the 1990’s and since the first Shed opened in the UK 5 years ago, there are now 187 in the UK – offering a place for people to come together to work on individual or community projects, where members share the tools and resources they need to work on projects of their own choosing at their own pace and in a safe, friendly and inclusive venue.

Shed’s activities vary depending on the size and interests of their members – but usually involve making or mending in wood (e.g. carpentry, joinery, turning, carving, whittling, marquetry, furniture renovation) but also include pottery, metalworking, bike repair, garden craft, electronics, tool renovation, boat renovation, model engineering (model railways, planes) and even building a car! Reclamation, reuse and restoration feature strongly – and although Sheds mostly attract older men, many include men of any age, women and young people.

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Peter Kent-Baguley and Cliff Deighton of the Foxlowe Arts Centre are excited about the new project – “The Foxlowe Arts Centre owns a derelict single garage at the back of the property that we have earmarked to become The Gateway Shed. Early stage work on getting it fit for purpose as a workshop space has already begun thanks to an anonymous donor giving us the funding to make the roof watertight. However, there is still a lot to be done – and we are really hoping that other members of the community will be as excited about this as we are, and help us get this off the ground”.

The Gateway Shed is being set up with the support of the Royal Voluntary Service who have launched a new national partnership with the UK Men’s Sheds Association who support Sheds across the UK.

Jo Phillips, who lives in Leek, is the Royal Voluntary Service’s national Project Manager for Men’s Sheds. Royal Voluntary Service exists to enrich the lives of older people and to ensure that they can continue to live life to the full.

Jo says – “We are working with communities to empower them to come together to design, co-produce and own their own Shed – and in turn, to tackle the increased incidence of social isolation among the growing population of older people. I’m delighted to be able to support the set-up of a Shed in my home town and would urge anyone interested in using a community workshop space to come and talk to us”.

The Gateway Shed is now looking for funding, donations of workshop equipment, tools and wood to help the set up. Three workbenches, a wood turning lathe and a variety of other tools have already been donated to help kick start the creation of the workshop space. It is anticipated that the Shed will be able to offer volunteer tutors and space to learn new skills or make practical projects, in return for a small membership fee.

Anyone, male or female, of any age, interested in finding out more about how to get involved with The Gateway Shed is invited to call in at either of the two current onsite sessions: Tuesday 10am – 12pm or Saturday 10am – 1pm or contact Peter on 07773 464 626 or Jo on 07423 471018 or email:  gatewayshed@gmail.com.

Keep up to date with progress of the Shed by “liking” the Facebook page www.facebook.com/gatewayshed.

The Gateway Shed Membership Form is available to download by following the link, as is a copy of the Gateway Shed flyer.

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