5th Dec, 2016

Men's Shed group find new home

Stratford Editorial 5th Aug, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

MEN in Stratford have found a new shed.

The Men’s Shed – a social group for retired men who do woodwork, share skills or just get out of the house for a coffee and a chat – has been based in Town Square for nearly three years.

But they were told last summer they would have to move out after the green-light was given to £30million plans to revamp the run down shopping centre.

And now they have set up shop at a carpenter’s workshop on a farm near Billesley thanks to Stratford businessman Tony Bird, who offered the space to the group to rent for six months.

The men have been in their ‘shed’ since September 2013 and are sad to leave but grateful they have found a new place to meet.

Group member, Richard Ware said: “UK & European who are developing Bell Court have been very kind by letting us stay until August and have worked around us.

“It’s very positive that we’ve found somewhere to move to before our time was up in our current shed – we’ve got time to leave the workshop how it was when we moved in nearly three years ago.

“Being in a carpenter’s workshop will be great for us as most of the members enjoy woodwork. But because it’s out of town we’re looking at ways of selling what we make and continuing commissioned work too.”

The group are always happy to welcome new members. Email menshedsstratforduponavon@gmail.com for further details.