New Men's Shed workshop opens in Bideford

North Devon Gazette

The Bideford Men's Shed group have had a long wait to open up their workshop to new members but it has finally been unveiled.Â

The shed was raised in the Spring of 2020 and though it has taken some time to get it fully equipped, the group would have valued help from a few more members.Â

Now, at last, with Covid restrictions having been lifted and with people circulating more, the doors are being thrown open to welcome new recruits.Â

The event took place on the morning of Sunday, August 15th. Local historian and councillor Peter Christie was first introduced by Chairman Angus Winfield to Brian Hopkins, treasurer, and to members Gordon Scott, Brian Ure, Tom Downie and Allan Gibbons, all of whom had made significant contributions towards getting the workshop to its present stage.Â

There was also a special tribute to Lynda Ramsay who had been a prime mover in getting the project started in the first place but who has since retired on health grounds.Â

In declaring the shed open Mr Christie was invited to cut a celebratory cake, and a toast was raised to the success of Bideford's Men's Shed.Â

The future of the shed workshop is flexible and depends very much who joins the group and what they would like to make of it.Â

Already two proposals are in discussion: Eileen Robinson of Bideford Sustainability Group is proposing a Sunday morning Repair Shop where people will be able to bring household items along for mending, and Rose French is hoping that there will be an opportunity for women to use the workshop.Â

It is likely this would take the form of a women's group on one or more afternoons, retaining the mornings as a sanctuary for men's particular form of socialising that has made these sheds so successful all around the world.Â

The workshop can be found down the steps by the signal box on the platform of the old Bideford railway station, East-the-Water. It is currently open on Wednesday and Friday mornings from 10am. Visitors can expect a cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit or two and good company.Â