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  Dorchester Men's Shed : About us

The Dorchester Men's Shed is Community Interest Company (CIC) which, runs community workshop as a members' club, was founded by Graeme Trinder who, as a result of seeing a piece last November on BBC Breakfast decided to investigate further and found from the UK Men's Sheds Association that the nearest were over an hour from Dorchester in Poole and Wincanton.

A Men's Shed is a larger version of the typical man's shed in the garden, a place where he feels at home and pursues practical interests with a high degree of autonomy. The Dorchester Men's Shed offers this to a group of such men and women where members share the tools and resources they need to work on projects of their own choosing at their own pace and in a safe, friendly and inclusive venue. They are places of skill-sharing and informal learning, of individual pursuits and community projects, of purpose, achievement and social interaction. A shed is a place of leisure where men come together to work.

A Shed's activities usually involve making or mending in wood (e.g. carpentry, joinery, turning, carving, whittling, marquetry, furniture renovation) and upholstery, boat renovation. Reclamation, reuse and restoration will feature strongly and some say that is true of the men too! Although Sheds mostly attract older men, men and women of any age are welcome. Whichever activities are pursued the essence of a Shed is not a building, which some don't have, but the network of friendships between the members.

From the first idea in November 2014 Graeme was interviewed on Wessex FM and BBC Radio Solent and had articles in the Dorset Echo and Blackmore Vale Magazine. As a result of the initial interest an inaugural meeting was held at the Poet Laureate in Poundbury on 6th February at which 17 people expressed interest. This number increased at subsequent meetings to 35. At the same time Battens Solicitors Charitable Trust gave a grant of £100 towards the initial costs. The Dorchester Men's Shed has now received grants from the Dorset POPP Fund and Magna Housing Association which will secure it for the first year.

The shed was extremely fortunate in being offered the use of the extensively equipped workshop on the site operated by Future Roots. This has enabled the shed to open a quickly growing membership in just six months from the initial seed being sown.

Membership is open to all, men and women, who have an interest in woodwork and are aged over 18. The cost of annual membership is £40 per annum and there is a small fee for each 3 hour session of 3 hours of £5 per person. The workshop will be open initially for morning and afternoon sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays with an additional session on Thursday evenings.

Because of the interest, the committee envisage having to close the membership to new members later this year. Anyone interested should apply for a membership application to the Secretary or download one from the downloads section.
  Established in 2015
A Communal Workshop
Supported by the DDC
A Community Interest Co.
  Wood Veneers UK
The Wood Veneer Hub
UK Men's Shed Association
Yandles Woodworking Centre
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  Graeme Trinder
T. 01305 267 722

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