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1st Jul, 2022

Stratford filmmakers inspired by Men's Shed movement

FILMMAKERS recently discovered how tools, tea and a spot of DIY have been changing lives in Stratford.

The Men’s Shed is a community project which brings together men over the age of 50 to socialise and enjoy shared interests.

And filmmakers Charlie Budd and Ben Atkinson were inspired to produce a film highlighting the organisation and how it benefits its members.

Chair John Hancox said: “Ben and Charlie did a great job showing what the shed is all about, fun and friendship with some woodwork on the side.

“If you’d like to find out more, pop in and see us. There’s no pressure to join but you’ll know where we are when you’re ready.”

The filmmakers captured the men in action as they mixed work and play.

Ben said: “Within half hour of us filming, the shed quickly filled up with people, crafting various things, operating machinery, drinking tea and having a laugh with one another – it was truly inspiring.

“Our goal is to promote Men’s Shed to local people who don’t know about it and what it can offer, whether they are looking to learn a new skill, share their technical knowledge or make new friends.”

The Men’s Shed movement began in Australia as a way for men to come together and encourage wellbeing and confidence. There is now a network of Men’s Sheds across the UK, open to men and women.

The sessions take place at community centre Foundation House in Masons Road.

Visit www.stratfordtowntrust.co.uk to watch the film and search Men’s Shed Stratford-Upon-Avon on Facebook for more details.

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