“The WHO” Star opens new “Shed”

The Grand Opening Fete for the Community Shed in Mayfield was held on Saturday 3rd July

The official opening was performed by Roger Daltrey of The Who. Part of the international “Men’s Shed” network, and a member of the UK Men’s Shed Association, the MAYFACS Shed celebrated its opening with a Grand Opening Fete.

Roger has been advocating the Men’s Shed concept for many years and is particularly pleased to see another one opening in Mayfield near where he lives.

Intended to help alleviate loneliness and isolation, and improve mental health, “Sheds” are safe welcoming places where Men, and Women, can meet to chat and if they wish use the facilities to make, repair, or upcycle items.

Equipped with a Workshop, and separate relaxation hub area, the MAYFACS Shed has been in development throughout the pandemic lockdown, and after considerable effort by project manager Ian Bruce and a team of volunteers, a redundant farm building has been extensively renovated, and is now ready to open and accept members.

To celebrate this achievement a Grand Opening Fete was held at the site to allow people to view the Shed and its facilities, as well as learn about MAYFACS other work.
There was a Village Fete atmosphere with other village clubs and organisations showcasing their activities, demonstrations, selected local high-quality craft and produce vendors, refreshments, BBQ, and musical entertainment.

In addition to being used by groups of Men, and Women, the Shed will host demonstrations and training in a variety of crafts and skills, with the aim of encouraging skills transfer between generations, and will effectively be run by the members themselves.

Activities planned so far as Woodwork, Wood-turning, Electrical/Electronics, Metalwork, Art and Crafts, IT skills, Repair shop, and Bee-keeping, with 3D-Printing, engraving, and others suggested by members to follow.

The establishment of the Shed has been made possible by grant funding, and generous donations of materials and finance from a wide variety of sources ranging from private individuals to multinational companies, to whom we are extremely grateful.

The shed project has been run by Ian Bruce and his team of volunteers, who have worked tirelessly, individually and in covid compliant groups, throughout the pandemic to transform a redundant farm building into a splendid “shed” facility.

For further information please contact: Ian Bruce, Shed Project Lead, 07973 291144, ian@mayfacs.org.uk