Hayling Island Men's Shed
Here is a funny thing:
Terry Pratchett's writing is perhaps not to everyone's taste and indeed if you have not read his earlier books you might get befuddled by his last full-length book "The Shepards Crown". It contains one thing which is of interest to "shedders" everywhere.
He has a character Geoffrey who is interested in people and who finds that the older men of the village are going to the pub to get out of the house.
"I used to have control of a dozen men" complains one.
"I used to be a good carpenter," said another, "but now I just get in the way".
Geoffrey says "What you need is a shed. Not a goat shed or a sheep shed but a shed for men. You need a men's shed"
Well, how about that!!
Having started the notion of a Men's Shed with 21 men turning up to the public meeting in November 2015, we now have a total of 42 members on our books.
We have been meeting every week in the United Reformed Church (small hall). In the 7 weeks of meetings, we have doubled our membership.
We have an adopted committee of trustees and an approved constitution. Our first annual general meeting is scheduled for the 25th February 2016, where the election of trustees and the constitution will be voted on.
Our bank account has been approved and is now open for deposits. The account name is; Hayling Island Men's Shed Association.
Our membership is still growing, now 48. The AGM has been set for the 25th as mentioned above. Agenda and invitations have gone out.
It will be our last meeting at the United Reformed Church, as from the 3rd of March our meetings will be held at the Royal British Legion, Legion Road. Still on a Thursday afternoon between 2 pm and 4 pm.
RBL have kindly offered us part of their land to build our Shed and talks are ongoing with them to make it happen. It is hoped that we will be able to start work clearing the plot soon. Keep watching this space.
Our AGM was held on the 25th February and a board of Trustees consisting of Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Webmaster and Project manager was formally elected. The Project Manager's role will be to implement and co-ordinate the 3 stage work proposed for the development of the Men's Shed once the agreement with the RBL has been approved.
In the meantime, some of our members, lead by John Moore, have been busy working with other community groups helping to restore the Stead Ritchie Memorial Garden in Selsmore Road, Mengham. John has other community projects planned for the future.
Major funding for the purchase of a suitable building continues to be a high priority for the Trustees and its members.
A meeting with RBL was held on the 17th March to establish what progress they had made in getting permission from RBL Head Office. Nothing has been forthcoming. Hayling's RBL President was at the meeting and several issues were raised. 1.T9/4/2015here appears to have been some misunderstanding between themselves as to the intended size of our Shed. 2. There was disagreement amongst themselves as to whether planning permission would be required as a result of the size. 3. Their President felt that HIMS members should be RBL members as they were on RBL property and using their facilities. and 4. The maximum Security of tenure would mostly likely only be 1-2 years and would be reviewed thereafter. Further talks would be held by them and we were to get back to them in 3 weeks.
On the 7th April, there had been no further developments. In the light of the issues above, especially 3 and 4, RBL's General Manager was informed that HIMS felt the proposition made by RBL was no longer viable. A letter of thanks would be sent to their Chairman for the offer made and HIMS would no longer hold their meetings on RBL premises.
As from the 14th April HIMS will return to the United Reformed Chuch, Hollow Lane, for their Thursday meetings.