Hart Matters

It’s nearly twelve months since Church Crookham and Fleet Men’s Shed opened the doors to our purpose-built workshop next to the allotments on the Crookham Park Estate. And what a twelve months! If anyone had said that in six months’ time we’d be closing the doors and the country would be in lockdown, we would have thought that they had put something in their tea, but how true they would have been.

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Meet an Ambassador: Charlie Parkes

I retired from Derbyshire Police in 2000 to a part-time role. In December 2016 I was invited to a Christmas fuddle at the home of Dorothy and Peter Whitaker who are Chief Executives of Valleycids, a local charity providing educational and entrepreneurial opportunities for young people. It is funded by a string of Lighthouse Charity Shops across Derbyshire and owns Charity Farm set up in 1740 to fund a school for the poor children of Swanwick.

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‘Sing September!’

‘SingSeptember’, is a new outreach and education national campaign, running throughout this month. It’s being put on by our UK Men’s Sheds Association partners; The British Association of Barbershop Singers, (BABS)

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Meet Jo Phillips, Men’s Sheds Trustee and West Midlands Ambassador

2020 has certainly been challenging for Men’s Sheds and the wider voluntary sector. This year marks 20 years since I decided to join the voluntary sector. I began locally recruiting volunteers for community groups, in those days I worked from a small town-centre shop. 20 years later, the work has grown into charity strategic and operational management. Community development and volunteer enablement remain at the heart of my work. 

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