Men’s Shed relocates to Bridgwater
Mugs of tea, biscuits and cake were in plentiful supply at the official Somerset Levels and Moors Shed (SLaMS) relocation opening ceremony last month [April 2018]. The Men’s Shed, which has previously benefitted from grant funding from Somerset Community Foundation, recently moved to a larger premises in Bridgwater, having outgrown their original premises in Burrowbridge.
Bridgwater Mayor Cllr Granter cut the ribbon with a woodwork saw and Bridgwater and North Petherton Town Councillors, Village Agents, Compass Disability Services, Age UK, MIND, Somerset Community Foundation and other members of the community enjoyed guided tours and chats with regular members, who are also known as Shedders.
The newly equipped Men's Shed, which was formerly part of the Bridgwater brickworks, is now able to provide a fantastic range of facilities for woodwork and craft-based activities, as well as a social space for Shedders – old and new – in the locality.
Colin Gorton, SLaMS Chairman said: “After two successful years in Burrowbridge, our new Men’s Shed in Bridgwater offers much improved facilities and is also better located for Sedgemoor Shedders. With over thirty members, we are a vibrant community who enjoy making and repairing items, sharing and learning new skills, having fun and socialising. We look forward to welcoming new members of any ability to SLaMS.”
Nathan Sarea, Trustee of the UK Men’s Sheds Association (UKMSA), said: "The UKMSA would like to congratulate Colin and the guys from SLaMS for all their hard work and dedication in establishing their new base here in Bridgwater, and we will endeavor to support them in continuing to flourish.
Personally, I cannot emphasize enough the value and importance of a Men's Shed to a local community such as Bridgwater. Social isolation is killer for many men - so firstly we need to reach out and find these men - and then we need to provide a fantastic provision they can come along to - SLaMS is a perfect example."
With over 400 Men’s Sheds in the UK, and growing at the rate of nine per month, the Men’s Shed movement is widely acknowledged to have major benefits for men’s health and wellbeing.
SLaMS can be found at Canal View, Old Taunton Road, Bridgwater and is open every Tuesday from 09:30 to 12:00 and every Thursday from 13:00 to 16:00. For more information visit the website here or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 01823 698612.