The members of The Maldon Men’s Shed were honoured last week to receive the Mayor’s Award for Service to the Community at the Annual Town Hall General Meeting. Phil Kinsman, Chair of the Maldon Shed said, “The Shed only keeps going because of the commitment of all its members. We have specific volunteer roles but everyone gives of their time, so the award was for everyone.”
After the recent break-in at the Shed, the Mayor also very kindly gave £250 from the Mayoral Charitable funds. Since then the Maldon Shed has also received a number of donations of timber, hand tools and power tools. Two security companies have offered them advice and support about their security. All this goodwill has transformed what was a shocking and saddening experience.
Phil said, “We want to thank everyone who has helped and supported us over the last few years and especially the last few weeks. The Shed is open as usual and always happy to welcome new members.”
Maldon Shedders are resilient following the disappointing discovery that their Shed building had been broken into.
The Shed which operates out of the old mortuary building at Maldon Cemetery was broken into at the beginning of the week. The exact time of the burglary is unknown as the discovery was only made on Wednesday morning when the Shedders arrived to open their regular session. Thieves had gained access to the building via the destruction of the key safe hidden on the premises and early assessments are that around £3,500 of tools have been taken.
Phil Kinsman, Chair of Maldon Shed says “the Shed is the people not the building or the tools, so we’ll soon be back on track. Let’s not let it discourage us”
The Shed will be open as usual this Saturday, closing for Easter Monday and then open as normal from Wednesday 19th April.
If you would like to show your support for the Maldon Shedders a Just Giving page has been set up for people to send messages of support and give donations that will be used to improve security at the Shed and enable the projects continued running.
Shed Community comes together to strengthen skills
Men from six Essex based Men in Shed projects came together recently to share knowledge and learn new skills.
The spring networking event of the Essex Shed Network, held at the Curlew in South Woodham Ferrers, offered the Shedders training from the ‘Funding Doctor’ – Corinna Hartwig and the opportunity to discuss health and safety in a Shed setting.
As well as some expert funding advice for the Sheds of Essex, Corinna delivered some up-to-date and specific new opportunities for income streams that small enterprises might look at in today’s tough funding environment.
In the afternoon, Maldon Shedder, Lance Kara, delivered a Q&A session on Health & Safety for Men in Shed projects. The Shedders were then able to stay on and socialise, sharing Sheds different progress and experiences.
Overall feedback on the event was positive with Shedders reporting increased knowledge on the focused subject areas, as well as a range of topics discussed through the informal networking opportunity the event provided. Topics discussed included membership and session costs, funding successes and codes of conduct.