I would like to start by wishing you all a happy new year – a new year signifies new beginnings, so lets hope that in 2021 we shall start to see the pandemic diminish and things can begin to slowly start returning to normal.
With the rolling out of the vaccination programme, we hope that once clients and volunteers have received their injections, we can start to resume our regular services and get back to enjoying all the things we miss so much.
Until then we are still unable to operate our regular Medical Car and Minibus transport services, but we have recently written to all our clients reassuring them that we do not want them to miss out on having their vaccinations because of transport difficulties. With that in mind, we have set up a special agreement with French and Son Taxis in the town, and we will pay for the use of a taxi for any of our clients to attend the vaccination centre, if they are unable to get there by other means- we did not want anyone missing out on this opportunity .
In the meantime we shall continue to support our clients as best we can – the shopping and telephone buddying services are still running along with the Book and Jig Saw Swap Bus and the Knitting Project. If you, or someone you know requires help with their weekly shopping or would enjoy a friendly chat with one of our phone buddies, or if you would like to take part in the knitting project or want to book a visit from the book swap bus please let us know. The phone number for all enquiries and services is 01435 866960.
Please take care everyone and keep safe and well- here’s to a better, healthier new year!
Dawn Brock Co– Chairman, Age Concern Heathfield & District
Tel: 01435 866960
Our team of knitters have been very busy clicking their needles to produce an array of beautiful knitted and crocheted squares which have then been sewn into blankets and given recently to the residents of Heffle Court.
Some members of the team have also knitted poppies which will be sold locally and the proceeds of which will go to the Royal British Legion.
If anyone would like to join in with our knitting project, please telephone 866960 and we will happily supply you with needles, wool and instructions.
Undeterred by the fact that the local farmer’s markets and craft fairs were all cancelled due to Covid, members of the Men’s Shed busily worked at home to ensure that sales could go ahead of their popular reindeer. This year also saw the introduction of some snowmen friends which proved to be equally popular. I am pleased to report that our sales were the best ever and we have made £2535 for funds – a brilliant achievement! We are so grateful to everyone who has supported us by buying one of our adorable wooden friends – the money raised will enable the Shedders to buy more materials to embark on other projects, which by linking up with other local groups will benefit community.
Thank you everyone!
The Men’s Shed
Click here to see the build progress in our photo gallery.
The Heathfield & District Men’s Shed (HMS) is the newest and latest project funded and supported by Age Concern Heathfield & District. The idea of the Men’s Shed is to provide a place for men to create, converse, connect, socialise and to meet regularly, share skills and ideas and – above all else – have fun and enjoy and meet and make friends.
The project has been set up in two phases; phase one was to get a smaller building constructed to provide a welcoming place for the Shedder’s to meet and undergo small scale projects together with providing an office and meeting space for the Age Concern Executive Team, whilst waiting for phase two of the project to be completed. Phase two consists of the construction of a large, timber framed workshop which will provide space for tools and equipment to allow us to hand craft items to sell, participate in local collaborative projects and learn from one another’s skills.
Membership already stands at 28 and it is anticipated that this number will grow when phase two is completed. Strong links have already been formed with other local community groups such as Brighter Heathfield, Heathfield Benefice and the Heathfield Bonfire Society, where joint projects will be undertaken to support each other and the good of the local community.
Because of the idyllic location of the Heathfield and District Men’s Shed we will be able to offer a wide range of activities from woodwork and woodturning, to art, photography, gardening and walking. There will also be further scope for participation in some inter- generational projects with the nursery school children which will be exciting and provide many benefits for all involved. Not only were we mentioned in the Sunday Times Magazine on 30th September, we also feature in Mat Rudd’s new book, ‘Man Down’ – would thoroughly recommend it.
We are established members of the UK Shed association (UKMSA) who now have 594 Men’s shed’s listed, 145 in build of which we are one.
Many of the items made by members of the Men’s Shed will be available for sale at various local markets, through Gemini Cards in Heathfield High Street (who have very kindly offered to display and sell a range of our items) and through our Facebook page.
Whilst we had a range of regular meetings and an active programme of social events these are on hold currently during the current circumstances but will be resurrected as soon as the government allows. Wherever possible we look to source materials locally and recycle wherever possible.
Even though Heathfield Men’s Shed is currently closed, due to Coronavirus, our Shedders are still working on projects at home, as you will see from the photos below.
Brighter Heathfield will be donating shrubs, plants and bulbs to adorn the side of our Shed building. We aim to plant these in October. In the true spirit of partnership, we have been commissioned by them to supply a post box for young children to use for Santa letters during the Christmas period outside the Co-op.