January - March 2020
Our "Shed" workshop was in full swing and busier then ever with members either helping on group projects like making a new "Bug Hotel" for the Friends of Ballard Water Meadow to replace one that vandals has set on fire or working on their own projects.
From the start New Milton's Men's Shed has received outstanding support from Hampshire County Council with help in setting things up especially with funding towards our permanent "Shed". "Shed" members were therefore delighted to
welcome members of the HCC to their "Shed" to show them the progress made in kitting out the shed and some f the work completed and in progress for the local community.
In the photograph left to the right are :
Cllr. Fran Carpenter
Cllr. Charles Choudhary : Chairman of HCC
Cllr. Judith Grajewski : Executive Member for Public Health
And of course Steve Wright : Star of our very own banner.
With the lockdown all activities were suspended at the "Shed" and also our Friday Social gatherings had to stop as well. This didn't stop our "Shedders" from continuing to work on projects in the own sheds or garages and from a Social side we maintained contact with those that wanted to join "Zoom" calls on Friday lunchtime and Wednesday Evenings. We also published a weekly "Pub Quiz" on the web site
Social Activities & Trips
Due to Covid-19 Restrictions all Planned trips were cancelled
Community & Shed Projects
The Little Orchard Care Home had asked us if we would put up a Sensory Pergola for their residents
The Club at Fawsett's Field (which is the home of our regular Friday Social meetings) was in need of a 'lick of paint' to keep the place looking good.
Members enthusiastically responded. A small gesture from our "Shedders" to New Milton Football Club as a means of thanking them for their welcoming hospitality every Friday.
Sometimes the shed is not big enough and work has to be undertaken outside of the workshop. The outsize 'bug hotel' being made, is destined to be located in the Ballard Lake Water Meadow to replace one that was damaged by vandals.
Just 3 weeks before the virus lockdown, Arnewood School kindly allowed us to use their woodwork studio for one evening a week, for some of the many projects that we had lined up
Shedders contributed to the Milford on Sea Village Green Christmas display, by cutting out these figures of Mary and Joseph for the Nativity Scene