GRASSINGTON MEN’S SHED
Grassington Men’s Shed is based on the Men’s Shed concept, where men and women come together for activities involving making, mending or re-imagining things along with a good old chat. Examples of our projects can be seen below and include woodwork, building planters, furniture maintenance, etc. Reclamation, reuse and restoration all feature strongly and some say this is true for the minds of the members too as well as the objects. Research shows that when Men come together to connect, converse and create, they stay healthier for longer, both mentally and physically.
Our Shed is a project run and managed by Grassington Hub. We currently meet weekly on Monday’s and Thursday’s at our shed. Due to demand we are adding extra sessions. Membership is open to anyone in Upper Wharfedale and we’re a friendly easy going crowd, with all sorts of skills between us and a will to share them. If you would like to join us please click on the “Join” button below.
We are always on the lookout for any tools or equipment we can lay our hands on, so if you have any serviceable ones you wish to get rid of, please let the Hub know and we can collect them.
Jan 22: A Lead Miner’s Bouse Cart planter for Grassington in Bloom.
This Miner’s cart was commissioned by a local Horticultural enthusiast who wanted a new planter that reflects the historic local industry of Lead Mining and is sensitive to traditional local architecture. It is a replica of a cart that was used for removing bouse (ore) from adit mines.
Oct 21: Mobile Scenery for the World Amateur Premier of “Calendar Girls – The Musical”
The Designers commissioned members of the Men’s Shed to build some scenery screens for use in the Production. These were moved around during the show and were created with theatrical castors to reduce sound.
Mar 21: Grassington Parish Council’s Benches
The Benches outside the Town Hall are now back in their proper place in time for removal of Lockdown. They were taken away for maintenance and care by our Shed. In the meantime, the area underneath was swept and weeded in support of Grassington in Bloom.
Dec 20: Grassington Dickensian Festival
Every year during the Dickensian Festival, Santa’s Postbox is put out for the village children to post their letters to Santa.
The existing Post Box had given years of service, but was beginning to show its age. We built a copy from scratch and it has already been photo’ed by visitors and attracted some correspondence from our younger villagers which will, of course, be forwarded to the North Pole.
Dec 20: Grassington Primary School
The School asked for a Story Telling Chair for outside use
We created a King’s throne and hand painted some magical designs on to it.
Sep 20: Grassington Primary School
The School asked for an update of its playground facilities including a clean up of its wooden stage and seating area and a replacement step. A small team got together on-site to do the work and add guttering to a shed to fill an existing water butt. This makes outdoor water available for the children’s activities and supports Grassington In Bloom activities at the School.
In our workshop, the team created five new planters to replace existing ones and installed them at the School.
|Wednesday||By appointment||Saturday & Sunday||Closed|
How to Join Us
£10 per month
For one adult
Folks are welcome to visit the Shed for a few trial sessions before deciding to join
National Men’s Shed
The Men’s shed movement is a national movement and has taken off massively in recent times. The thinking behind setting up these “sheds’ is that men find it far more difficult to talk about their emotions than women, but by engaging in mutual practical tasks, they find it easier to form friendships and talk frankly. The slogan “Women talk face to face, men talk shoulder to shoulder” is often quoted.
There are many men in Grassington, who having worked away, find themselves socially isolated and not knowing many local people. Others wish to learn some new practical skills to take up. Whatever the reason, Men’s sheds are open to all men and women who want to join, whether you wish to pursue your own projects, share in community projects, or prefer to just “chew the cud” over coffee and cake.