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BBC tonight

A pilot of a possible series of programmes is being shown tonight. Called 'Britain's Most Spectacular Backyard builds it celebrates the amateur inventor/maker. They say 'if the pilot is a success we may well look to make future episodes so if anyone would like to register their interest in appearing in the show, they can send their contact details (and …

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Minister visits Havant Men's Shed

Alistair Burt the Minister of State for Social Care and Mental Health visited the popular Havant Men’s Shed on Thursday 9 June at the invitation of local MP Alan Mak. Minister Burt was given an overview
of projects
and discussed with members how Sheds benefit mental health and contribute to other charities. Havant is currently re-timbering a bench for the Rowans Hospice. …

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All Change

Did you know that you may be able to reclaim Gift Aid on small cash donations? 'The Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme (GASDS) allows eligible charities and community amateur sports clubs (CASCs) to claim ‘top-up’ payments on cash donations of £20 or less. You don’t need to know the identity of the donors or collect Gift Aid declarations, which makes …

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Tax break

YOU may be missing out on £200 per year !!! Since April 2015 a new tax break has been available. Out of 4.2 million eligible couples, as at April 2016 only 500,000 have so far taken advantage. Are you one of the 3.7 million yet to apply? One Men's Shed recently canvassed it's membership, and two lucky Shedders found that …

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Ham and Chips

David Searle , a radio amateur ham and electronics enthusiast set up his first community project, based on the Men's Shed model, in Christchurch New Zealand around seven years ago. Now in the UK, he is looking at whether support could be gained from various areas to obtain electronic parts and tools that could be passed to sheds to start …

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Getting round the first bend

There was a fantastic turnout for Ballymena’s first ever ‘soapbox derby’ on Saturday. Hundreds gathered to witness teams from all over the local area put their mean machines through their paces on the steep hill at Woodside Road. The event, hosted by North Ballymena Community Cluster proved to be a great success with a really fantastic family atmosphere throughout the …

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'The Shed' Stockport

We're sad to announce that The Shed at the Whitehill Resource Centre, Reddish, Stockport closed this week.  Age UK Stockport cited lack of funding and the low numbers as the cause.  Across the UK we estimate closures are less than 1% but every one is needed. Fortunately between 4 and 5 new Sheds are currently opening every week. The total …

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Frome Men's Shed team up with Critchill School and Town Council

When the Frome Men’s Shed were asked by the Frome Town Council to make 30 bird, bat & Bee boxes we groaned a little – But one of the Shedders – Peter - came up with a plan. The Shed would make the boxes, and then work with Critchill school pupils and the Frome Town Rangers to build them. Critchill School provides …

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