High praise for Halesworth Men’s Shed project

Halesworth Men's Shed has been commended by the High Sheriff of Suffolk PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Halesworth Men's Shed has been commended by the High Sheriff of Suffolk PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

It has only been open to the public for a matter of months.

But Halesworth’s Men’s Shed has been endorsed by the High Sheriff of Suffolk in recognition of the contribution it makes to the local community.

The centre, on Norwich road, offers a place for men to work on carpentry, carving and other projects.

Since it officially launched in September, the men’s shed has 25 official members, with others dropping in to take part.

And the group has not been short of projects - making planters for the town’s railway station and on the Thoroughfare, a sign for Tilly’s tea rooms and even a wooden donkey for St Mary’s Church.

One of their satisfied customers nominated the group for a High Sheriff award, and although the Men’s Shed did not win, it was sent a certificate of recognition, having impressed the judging panel.

The High Sheriff’s Community Group or Organisation of the Year Award recognises voluntary organisations that support people involved in local projects that address citizenship, community safety or crime prevention, making Suffolk a better place to live in.

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Chairman of the Halesworth Men’s Shed Alan Richardson said: “It’s brilliant to have the recognition and hopefully it will also help us when it comes to applying for funding.

“We’ve done so many things, it has really taken off and we would like more members.”

The group was also celebrating the official handing over of a new bandsaw this week, which was paid for by Spectra Packaging, with the company also donating money for the shed last year.

And with the project going from strength to strength, Mr Richardson says there are big plans ahead.

“We’re developing a metal work area and we cave been given two computers as well,” he said.

“If we can teach some of the older people how to do online banking or better computer skills that would be another string to our bow.”

The shed, at the back of Chinny’s car park, is open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 2pm and Saturdays from 10am until noon.

To find out more, visit the shed during these times or email info@halesworthshed.org.uk.

Are you running a community project in Halesworth? Email the details to polly.grice@archant.co.uk