Men in Sheds: Bedford. Welcome to 2019, year of the Earth Pig.
NEW YEAR, TIME FOR A NEW START – COME AND JOIN US FOR SOME FUN, DISCUSSION, AND BUILDING STUFF.
Our aim is to provide a place, within the Bedford area, where everyone with time on their hands can have fun working with others in pursuing their hobbies and practical interests. You can share skills, learn new ones and help with community-based projects, or just come along (in an environment of like minded people) for a chat, cup of tea, and maybe even a biscuit. The Men in Shed movement is primarily aimed at older more mature men – but everyone is welcome.
We meet in the Annex at the Bedford Arts and Craft Centre, Ampthill Road (off Althorpe Street), Bedford MK42 9HE (the entrance to the Art and Craft Centre is nearly opposite to the Bedford Hospital A&E entrance; enter the site and either walk or drive down to the building at the far end and turn left).
April 1st: The Annex has been broken into and tools stolen (sadly not a joke).
Press Release Monday 1st April
The members of Men In Sheds Bedford (a registered charity) were devastated when they arrived on Monday morning (1st April) to find that their building had been broken into over the weekend and a considerable number of hand power tools and dust extractor had been stolen. Altogether, the charity estimates that it will cost around two thousand pound to replace what was stolen. Many of the tools had been donated by individuals, bought with grants from supporting businesses or the council, and from money raised by the charity by the sale of items made by the members of the charity.
One of the trustees, Steve Conway, said that “this a bit of set back for us, but we are determined to overcome this and carry on helping people. The police have been very helpful and spent a lot of time investigating the scene of the break in and providing detailed advice to help us. We have also had a number of messages of support and offers of help, including from our MP, Mohammed Yasin.”
If you have any information regarding this break in, please contact the Bedford police. The incident number is 40/18621/19.
The Men In Shed movement is worldwide and aims to keep men active and healthy by getting them out of the house and meeting people, making friends, and doing things. It is primarily aimed at older more mature man, but it is open to all. It is particularly targeted at retired men who are alone, suffered bereavement, or are carers, as these people are at risk of loneliness and depression.
Men In Shed Bedford is supported by a by a number of organisation, Age UK, Bedford Borough Council, Waitrose, and the Harper Trust, as well as others. Men In Sheds Bedford has also helped serval other charities and organisations. Some of the work they have done is building disable access ramps, repairing outdoor furniture and flower troughs, as well as building dormice boxes for the local Woodland Trust.
Mondays quiet sessions (10.00 till 13.00) Tea, Coffee, and hand tools. Just pop along for a chat and a biscuit. A great time to come along and meet us.
Mondays Computer Training Sessions (14.00 till 16.00) Check the diary as due to holidays there is the odd week when this is not run.
Tuesdays (10.00 till 13.00); Full on Machine excitement with power tools (many woodworking tools available)
Tuesdays (14.00 till 16.00); Woodwork training sessions for beginners
Wednesday (10.00 till 12.00); A less frantic workshop day (many woodworking tools available)
Thursdays (10.00 till 13.00); Full on Machine excitement with power tools (many woodworking tools available)
Thursday Community Outreach (14.00 till 16.00) Alternative Weeks – see diary (this session provided one-to-one close supervision for those who are interested, contact the secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org) if interested for more details).
Friday (10.00 till 12.00); A less frantic workshop day (many woodworking tools available)
Friday Men In Shed Group Projects (10.00 till 12.00). Not every week so please check it is running this week first.
Friday Model Train Session (13.30 till 15.00). Not every week so please check it is running this week first.
Men In Sheds: Bedford is a registered charity (1174339)
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