Calne Men's Shed members are celebrating a grant from Calne Town Council which will enable them to secure their premises for the next three years.

The grant will cover the group's rent at the shed in Anchor Road next to Calne Recreation ground  and enable them to fund First Aid training.

The Men's Shed (not just for men) serves as a place for those who may need support both emotionally and mentally, such as bereaved spouses or those who feel a little lost after retirement.

It is also a great solution for those who have a particular job or project in mind they'd like to make, but maybe lack the space or tools to take it on at home.  Men's Shed provides an opportunity to use skills, learn new skills and meet new people over a common interest, whilst taking advantage of the resources and space available.

The Shed also offers social outings and the chance to enjoy tea and cake while engaging in friendly banter.

Recent projects made by the group include a wheelchair-friendly picnic bench for Avon Needs Trees and a bee box for Jack and Jill Pre-school. They have also hosted Hungerford and Amesbury representatives who are planning on opening their own Men's Sheds in their towns and came to find out what is involved and witness firsthand the positive impact the group are making in the lives of so many. 

Secretary Jeff Rawlings told us: "Calne Men's Shed (it's not just for men) would like to thank our Calne Town Council for their continued support and the provision of a grant of £770 toward the cost of rent and First Aid Training.

"This will mean we can afford to remain in our current location in Anchor Rd and have a number of qualified First Aiders. As a non profit organisation the encouragement and backing of Calne Town Council is greatly appreciated, not only by our members but also by people and charities in the community that The Shed has helped."

Looking to the future, the group now have the three year contract with Calne Town Council in which time they can apply for a ten year lease. This will enable them to secure additional funding in the form of grants which require a charity to have security of tenure before being considered.

Chair Polly Morrow told us: We are currently encouraging the council to let us have a ten year lease on our current building at the Rec in Calne.  Whilst we make and sell items to help keep afloat, this is not enough to pay our overheads hence needing a long lease because we rely on monies from other charities and benefactors too.  We hope to apply to the Lotto for a grant if we are granted security of tenure." 

Look out for the team behind the Shed at the Calne Duck Race this Saturday, 11th May - they will be selling some of their creations from their stall, giving you the opportunity to buy some truly unique items for your home and garden - all funds raise will help to keep the shed running. 

If you feel you would like to pop in and see the Shed in action, they are open on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday - 1pm to 5pm at Groundsman's Building, Calne Recreation Club, Anchor Rd, Calne SN11 8DT 
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