In 2015, Poynton Men in Sheds was launched at the then Poynton Youth & Community Centre (now The Centre in Poynton) in a tiny workshop with just a handful of people turning up on that first day. When the COVID restrictions came into force we had some 30 members attending over three mornings each week. We also had a waiting list of 28 people wishing to join.
We had long held a dream of enlarging the workshop to allow more men to join in the fun, and it is fun with much banter and storytelling. Leading up to lockdown we had worked hard raising funds to fulfil the dream and with the help of grants from The National Grid, Poynton Round Table, plus our local Town Council, and the amazing support of The Centre we finally raised the amount required to allow the dream to become reality.
“Poynton Men in Sheds is known for – friendship, camaraderie, fun and a place to learn new skills and to undertake projects which benefit both members and the local community.”
Just prior to and during the lockdown period, the Shed has been transformed from a cramped workshop with ‘brew room’ on one level into a purpose-built workshop, storage facility and, of course, ‘brew room’ over two floors ready to meet the challenge of post-lockdown shedding.
In some ways ‘lockdown’ had the benefit of not interrupting the normal Shed activities, allowing the contractors access which had to be within the ‘social distancing’ rules.
So now the development project is coming to an end and, within a few weeks, we hope to be able to welcome back members to see and enjoy activities within this bright new space. We can then continue what Poynton Men in Sheds is known for – friendship, camaraderie, fun and a place to learn new skills and to undertake projects which benefit both members and the local community. As restrictions are lifted, we will then be able to welcome new members to the world of shedding.
– Geoff Floyd