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Basingstoke Shed

Our Shed is based on the popular Men’s Shed concept which provides a communal space where you can feel at home, socialise and pursue a variety of practical interests. It’s an opportunity to meet up and share the tools, skills and resources to work on various projects. Members make their own items and take on community projects supporting the local neighbourhood. Activities can be quite varied with members working at their own pace in a safe, friendly and inclusive environment.

We welcome new members and are looking to encourage older men (usually) to come together to work and generally enjoy a fulfilling time. The social interaction and banter help combat the isolation and loneliness we often associate with retired men. Our Shed contains a wood and metalwork lathe, a pillar drill, band saw and bench saw along with a planer, sanders and lots of hand tools both powered and manual. We also have a kettle and enjoy tea (or coffee) breaks with a biscuit and a good chat, of course. While there are no age limits, many existing members are retired and include electricians, plumbers, heating engineers, joiners, IT people, managers, electrical Engineers, teachers; all are welcome! We often repair and even restore items where multiple skills might be required. Projects come in all sizes and range from bird boxes to buses (we are converting a double decker into a mobile Men’s Shed – our Shed-in-a-Bus project).

Basingstoke Shed is a member of the UK Mens Shed Association (UKMSA) and there are now over 600 Sheds throughout the UK. As a not-for-profit organisation and registered charity we would love to show you round our Shed so you can see what we do. However that is not possible during lockdown and so we suggest the following:

Visit our website www.basingstokeshed.org.uk or our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/basingstokeshed/posts/849849498711081

You will find various contact details and lots more information including where we meet, when we meet and even about Shed-in-a-Bus! We hope that in time you will join us and have fun making things, as well as enjoying the friendship, humour and support of your fellow Shed members. We very much look forward to hearing from you. Or you can contact us by phoning 07434 678104 or email contact@basingstokeshed.org.uk.

Richard Marmoy


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