The Tidworth & Ludgershall Men’s Shed, which will help promote good health and wellbeing to the local community, has opened its doors this month.
Garrison Commander Lt Col Jamie Balls, councillors from Tidworth & Ludgershall town councils and local residents watched as Tidworth Area Board Chairman Chris Williams, cut the ribbon for the new shed on Andover Road in Ludgershall.
Tidworth & Ludgershall Men’s Shed Chairman, Mike Giles said “We have been working towards this day for two years and this is the result of the hard work of the members of the shed who have created this facility, and also the invaluable support of Chris Williams and Tidworth Area Board and the RVS/Asda Foundations who provided us the funds to get our project off the ground. We are also grateful to the Trustees of the Ludgershall Youth club who have allowed us to use this garage to set up the Men’s shed. Although we are called Men’s Shed we are open to both men and women irrespective of age, race, disability or religion.”
The idea of Men’s Sheds came from Australia. There are now more than 500 across the UK. A shed provides a communal place of skills sharing, informal learning, of individual pursuits & community projects, of purpose, achievement & social interaction. Men’s Sheds are social groups that are self-governed, have their own constitution, their own income and their own meeting place. How each shed looks and the activities that take place in them depend entirely on the skills and interests of the group. Shedders are gardeners, artists, collectors, story-tellers, amateur radio enthusiasts, train spotters, model makers. Anyone can join and any interest, skill or project is welcomed.
Tidworth & Ludgershall Men’s Shed Secretary, Mike Kelly said “The aim of the Men’s Shed is to promote good health and wellbeing to the men and women from the local community, by providing a safe and friendly environment for hobbies, recreation or other leisure time occupations including practical interests, skills sharing, the learning of new skills and helping with community based projects. We have already carried out projects for the Tidworth Youth Football team where we renovated a serving hatch for the refreshment hut and the GUL Outdoor Therapy Centre at Shrewton, where we built a wildlife hide and have several others in the pipeline.”
Tidworth Area Board Chairman Chris Williams said “Tidworth Area Board was pleased to be able to provide a £5000 grant to the Tidworth & Ludgershall Men’s Shed. It is well documented that social isolation in older people, and in particular in older men, is an issue across the country, and I know that this fantastic facility is already helping to combat this in our community.”