Since our last report, HMS has continued to go from strength to strength. As we start 2020, we can reflect on our achievements for 2019 – we have a strong membership with 15 of those members regularly turning up to every meeting.  We have progressed from holding meetings at the Heathfield Fire Station, to holding  meetings in our own, newly constructed office/clean shed building, and have recently received the exciting news that, under the rules of permitted development, we have permission to proceed with the construction of our larger workshop building which we hope to begin in March of this year.

We have held 5 successful stalls at the Farmer’s Market, Le Marche and other local events securing us the best sales to date. We completed our first commission building a nativity crib scene for the Heathfield benefice, and have secured two high street locations for the sale of our wood turned and craft projects. The stalls and attendance at local events have provided us with valuable contacts with local businesses for the supply of wood offcuts and other useful materials.

Heathfield Men’s Shed has been so lucky in the support it has received from members of the local community who have made kind donations of tools and equipment; this, together with the funding it has received from the Co-op, Sussex Community Foundation, Chalk Cliff, Heathfield Parish Council, the National Lottery Community Fund, the Rotary Club of Heathfield & Waldron and donations locally, will enable us to equip the workshop with everything we need to carry out projects to support the local community, or for us to sell to raise funds to cover our running costs.  We have been overwhelmed by everyone’s generosity and support and are so grateful to Age Concern Heathfield and District for making a dream become a reality.

The year ahead looks to be equally busy and exciting. Our workshop building will be completed within Age Concern Heathfield and District’s 30th Anniversary Year, with a grand official opening planned for late July/early August. There will be lots of designing and setting up to be done inside the workshop, but this will be an exciting task which will be carried out I am sure, with great enthusiasm.

The philosophy of the Men’s Shed is to provide men with the opportunity to meet, socialise, share skills and enjoy being part of a ‘Shedding community’. Friendships have already been forged and members are now enjoying not only meeting regularly at the Shed, but going out for breakfasts, visits to the pub and outings to places of interest.

If you are interested in finding out more about this exciting project, are interested in becoming a member or can offer us support in any way, we would love to hear from you.

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