Thanks to the enthusiasm and commitment of our Founder Shedders, Brian Burton, Derek Upton and Andrew Lindsey, the Men’s Shed is being created in a dedicated space at the rear of the Centre with three workbenches equipped with tools for  basic woodworking. Phase 1 of the workshop has been made possible by a grant of £5000 from Sovereign Housing and £500 from McCarthy and Stone.

Rachel Peters, Community Development Officer at Sovereign Housing Association who has been instrumental in the award of the grant said,

“I wanted to support this project because it will help encourage older gentleman to come along to the Centre and be part of something. My grandpa had a workshop in his garage when I was growing up and loved the sense of purpose it gave  him to craft something with skill and care. Sovereign have provided £5,000 to help cover the cost of making the room fit for purpose and I am hopeful that the project will complete later this year, allowing men to come together, share and learn new skills, stay socially connected,  keep active and live well. I also hope that as the Men’s Shed gets established, there may be opportunities to do intergenerational projects with the wider community, using the expertise and skills of the members to support others.”

Chief Executive of Age Concern Newbury and District which runs the Fair Centre, James Wilcox said, “We are enormously grateful to both Sovereign Housing and McCarthy and Stone whose support has made it possible to fund this project which we know will make a difference to the lives of our members. I would also like to thank Brian, Derek and Andrew who have made it all happen with such enthusiasm!”