Get To Know: The Men's Shed
In our new series of blog posts, we will be talking to the popular community groups in and around Mablethorpe to get to know them a little better; Who they are, what they do, and why they do it! We will be starting this series with the Men's Shed, based in Mablethorpe.
Who are we? We are the Mablethorpe Trusthorpe & Sutton On Sea Men's Shed!
Don't be misled by the title, we are an inclusive organisation for men or women over the age of 18 years old. We currently meet at our base in “The Old Toilet Block” at the Golf Road Pullover (opposite The Loewen Cinema) in Mablethorpe on Monday, Thursday, and Saturdays between 9.30am and 12.00 noon. We currently have around 24 members, meeting regularly to work on a variety of projects with one another, and for a good old chat.
We are proud to have received, from Mablethorpe In Bloom, an award for our contribution to the 2018 displays.
The aims and objectives of MTS Men’s Shed are:
- To provide a venue for men/woman to talk to and connect with, others whilst participating in group and/or individual projects.
- To provide opportunities for friendship and socialising, and to take people out of social isolation, which can in itself create depression, in a safe environment, while at the same time providing the space, expertise and facilities for men/woman to pursue hobbies, crafts and creativity.
Membership is currently £24 per year but we do allow people the opportunity to try it out for a couple of times before asking for enrolment.
We have already got, within our membership, examples of people whose lives have benefited from the experience and hope that, in the coming years, this will evolve further.
The Mablethorpe And Sutton Town Council have provided us with accommodation at the redundant toilet block at the Golf Road pullover.
Our members exchange banter, plus skills and assistance to enable other members to make a variety of items for sale to generate funds, including bird feeders, bird boxes, rocking horses, ornamental wheelbarrows etc. The range of items is limited only by the space and tools available. Some members are so enthused by the social aspect of the group that they produce items in their own workshops at home to sell on behalf of the group.
If you are interested then do come along on a Monday, Thursday, or Saturday between 9.30am and 12.00 noon, meet the team, have a chat, and, if you time it right, a cuppa. We look forward to seeing you!
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