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Helping Somerset - Wincanton Men's Shed

Tuesday, 24 November 2015


As part of our continual support of the Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) and the Myakka Grass root funds we have recently made a donation to the Men’s Shed in Wincanton. The Men’ Shed is a group that started in Australia to provide a place for men to spend time and interact with each other. The shed started as an answer to the problem  of men disappearing from the community after retiring, this can often mean poor health and a lower life expectancy.

Men's Shed offers a group of men the chance to share the tools and resources they need to work on projects of their own choosing at their own pace and in a safe, friendly and inclusive venue. They are places of skill-sharing and informal learning, of individual pursuits and community projects, of purpose, achievement and social interaction. A place of leisure where men come together to work and socialise.

There are now over 226 Men’s Shed groups across the UK with about 4,300 shed members (shedders) with on average 2 new sheds opening every week. We are lucky enough to have a group in Wincanton, Somerset that is where our HQ is based. The Wincanton Men’s Shed meets twice a week to have ago at woodworking and making anything from bird boxes to auricula theatre (a garden shelving unit to show off plants). The Wincanton shedders have also been involved with helping to restore the benches around Wincanton Town, ensuring they are safe and useable for all the community. There is also a lawnmower maintenance group that meet once a week and are part of the shedders.

It was great to meet some of the shedders and to be able to see the work that they have completed and hear about their plans for the shed and to try and encourage new members. So if you fancy some company and enjoy using your hands, why not join your local Shed.

Wincanton Men’s Shed meet on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays from 10am and are always looking for new members, more wood and old tools.Why not come and say hello?

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The 'something for everyone' Christmas Gift Guide

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

There are always a couple of people we find it difficult to buy the perfect present for. Whether it is for the man who has everything, your fussy Mother in Law or the niece with too many toys. To help, we have put together our top 5 favourite gifts for Her, Him and the little ones to help you find the perfect pressie this Christmas...

For Her
1. Polka Dot Scarf only £18.95
A pretty and practical present available in three colours. Perfect for adding a splash of cheerful colour and warmth to any outfit.

2. Surin Love Heart Table only £119
Show her how much she means to you with this fascinating heart shaped stool, hand carved from solid Monkey Pod wood

3. Zanzibar Kilim Footsotol only £69.95
Encourage her to put her feet up with this striking footstool. The perfect height for tired feet whilst sitting on the sofa watching the Queens speech.

4. Wooden Quintuple Photo Frame only £19.95
Fill this pretty photo frame with five photos she loves, this perfect present is both sentimental and attractive.

5. Indian Painted Four Drawer Chest only £39.95
Give her somewhere lovely to keep all of her jewellery and bits and pieces with this pretty box has four drawers, perfect for sorting and tidying all her jewellery.

For Him
1. Glass Tile Box only £34.95
The perfect present for the man who has everything, this glass tile box is both attractive and practical and makes the perfect store for anything from Playstation controllers to cuff links and tie clips.

2. Laughing Buddha from only £79.95
This friendly Buddha will bring a smile to anyone’s face and rubbing his tummy should bring you some good luck.

3. Sheesham Photo Frame from only £14.95 Buy 3 for 2
Put his favourite image in one of these smart photo frames, available in two sizes and are great value at 3 for 2

4. Shed Sanctuary Sign only £9.95
For all the guys out there whose shed is their home from home – this sign is the perfect present letting them know you appreciate how important their shed is!

5. Surin Library Table from only £109
If you know a bookworm than this Surin Library Table is the perfect present to accompany their growing book collection.

For Children
1. Woven Ellie Stool only £99.95
This practical and fun stool has been skilfully woven from rattan onto a wire frame into the shape of an elephant. Perfect for all the animal lovers.

2. Wooden Elephant Bookends only £29.95
These fun bookends would look great in a child’s bedrooms and are the perfect gift for any young budding readers.

3. Fairy or Football String of Lights from only £22.95
These fun lights would add a touch if fun and colour to any kids bedroom or playroom, the footballs are red, blue and white so will fit in with most team kit colours!

4. Indian Painted Chests from only £34.95
Little girls love little boxes and drawers to store their worldly treasures and this pretty and colourful painted chest are perfect.

5. Surin Bruno the Bear Stool only £149
This friendly bear stool is the perfect accessory for any child’s bedroom. Hand carved from solid wood this stool also makes the perfect bedside table.

Whoever you have left on your Christmas list, a fair trade gift will mean you are not only bringing a smile to the receiver but also helping the community the gift was made in. A little extra thought can mean a gift that last a lifetime.

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