Early in July 2016 Steve Dotterrill, a Day Manager of the Hexagon Centre, placed notices around the community inviting people to an inaugural meeting of a Men’s Shed, as the centre had a workshop that was standing idle on Friday afternoons. Four men contacted the Centre showing an interest.
The first public meeting was held on Friday 22nd July 2016, when three men attended.
The second meeting was held on Friday August 5th 2016 with all four men attending. From then on the meetings continued every Friday afternoon.
In the summer of 2017 we built a large picnic table, with access for wheelchairs, for the Hexagon Centre, to be used in the Centre’s gardens.
We had men come on a Friday and look round but did not stay long, but slowly we grew in number and by February 2018 we had twelve members, and felt we had enough men to be a “sustainable shed”. We applied for, and obtained full membership of the UK Men’s Shed Association on 5 March 2018.
In April 2018 Hampshire County Council offered us a large wooden shed within the grounds of the Centre that was not being used. This was fitted with power sockets and lighting for our use, and all for just a small annual rent.
Shortly after this we had a generous donation of tools and machinery from Mr Geoff Spierling, and in return we offered him lifetime membership to our Men’s Shed.
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