The Hangleton & Knoll 50+ Steering Group
Men in Sheds
It was clear for a long time that many of the activities available and supported by the 50+ committee are either somewhat sedentary or largely aimed at the interests of older ladies. There has been little that men could really get their teeth into or where men could just get together and socialise other than going down to the pub. Some men have allotments and probably from this arose the idea that men could meet and socialise, and also be creative, in their sheds, not necessarily associated with gardening. The idea was born in Ireland where it is quite a strong movement today and also took root in Australia where is is now a very widespread movement. Nothing like it existed in England until several years ago when some small groups started up. There are now a growing number of groups in England, the nearest being in Worthing, but there was a growing demand for it locally, and from the Hangleton and Knoll Project and 50+ Steering group's perspective, it clearly ticks all of the boxes!
See http://www.menssheds.org.uk/ for more information
The 50+Steering Group was approached a few years ago to consider forming such a group and one did start, but had to vacate the premises being used owing to household insurance difficulties. I am pleased to say that the idea was not dropped and we now have a group who have actively set up and are working in a large double garage in Fishersgate (West Road) . We are welcoming anyone from Hove to Shoreham. This group is now an independent constituted group and known as the Southdown Men in Sheds. www.southdownsmeninsheds.org.uk