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New Milton Men's Shed

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Review of NM Shed for 2020

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Working for Each Other

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Hi Everyone,

Hope you had a good Christmas and New Year; this is just a quick update on our Shed’s progress through 2020. What a year that was, enough said, now let’s get on with 2021.

Premises.

A new Workshop has been our major focus this year. We had lots of grand plans at the beginning of 2020 and lots of research and discussion started with New Milton Town Council and Hampshire County Council but come March the plans were all in tatters as we were locked down. However, we managed to get back on track between the lockdowns and now have an agreement from NMTC for the use of a piece of land at Fawcett’s Field to position a 100square Metre workshop building. All we need to do now is raise £65,000. If you feel you can help let me know. This process is underway with HCC, NFDC and the Screwfix Foundation so keep your fingers crossed. Many thanks to all the key holders at Fernhill who got the temporary workshop up and running between the lockdowns and who have worked hard and kept it open as often as often as possible.

Committee.

We currently have a committee of 11 who have managed to meet seven times this year. It’s been a busy time to get larger premises sorted and funding arranged, we have been impressed with the level of involvement of shed members in supporting their committee and what has been planned, along with giving us valuable ideas.

Social.

Our weekly meetings at New Milton Football Club on Fawcett’s Field have been well attended between lockdowns, with an average attendance of 20. Online meetings worked well in the first lockdown, but the attendance has dropped off now we are a bit freer to move about. However, it would be good to see a few more to broaden the discussion and share some ideas for the coming year (Wednesday’s at 7.30pm and Friday’s at 12 noon). Enormous thanks are due to Danny for his hard work arranging speakers, the Summer Lunch was well attended and let’s hope we get back to meeting again soon.

Web Site.

Many thanks to Clive Lawrence for developments to our web site, he has plans to develop it for the future so if you have any expertise and would like to support him please get in touch.

www.newmiltonmensshed.org

Community Projects.

We have managed to take on a few of projects for worthy local community groups, but covid-19 has

curtailed our activities. So, thanks to the members who have felt able to get involved and contributed much in time and effort, but it has been difficult. Particular thanks to John Fisher, Harry Walter and Danny Roberts for stepping out of their comfort zone and producing the online videos to support vulnerable adults and Young Carers. Also, thanks to Alan Bishop for the quick production of Nativity figures, and for the Bat Boxes competently assisted by Martin Medhurst . Danny Roberts also took on the 3D puzzle that was the Treecreeper Nest Boxes and managed them without going mad.

New Milton Residents Association:

          VE 75 Display Stands

Forest Arts Fun Palace:

          Online Videos and Craft Packs for vulnerable people & young carers

Milford on Sea War village Green:

          Nativity figures

Ballard Water Meadow:

          Bat Boxes and Treecreeper Boxes

 

Covid-19 has not stopped the requests for help coming in, but when normality returns, we will get back to

helping worthwhile causes for both our members and the community. You don’t necessarily need practical

skills, but any help would be welcome.

 

Funding.

We have received grants from District Councillors, the SBS programme (M.A.N.) and the Co-Op community

Fund. Once we have obtained Charity Status we will then able to explore more funding options. If you have

experience of this or would be willing to take it on, please get in touch.

Finances

Thanks again to John Healey for his time keeping the accounts, it is not something we see happening, but

is vitally important to the functioning of the Shed. Again, if this is an area in which you have experience and

could help, please get in touch.

Donations.

Again this year we have received many donations from local businesses and residents, in the way of

money, tools, equipment, materials and raffle prizes. This has contributed greatly to our activities.

Membership.

Currently we have 58 people who have joined as members. So, in the next week we will be asking you to

renew your membership and pay the annual subscription fee of £15. Although we have not been continually

active, we still have essential financial commitments to keep us running and protected, so prompt payment

is much appreciated. If you can, please pay by cheque, or bank transfer. However, if cash is your only

option then contact me.

For New Milton Men’s Shed I hope 2021 is going to be an exciting year. If our dream of a new Shed

becomes a reality, it will mean we can move forward and achieve bigger and better things for our

community and ourselves, putting 2020 well and truly behind us.

 

Wishing you all the best for 2021 and look forward to seeing you soon

Adrian Duckett (Chair)