We are a small group of men who have come together to create our own Men’s Shed. The Shed is to be a safe, friendly and inclusive place for men to make friends, have a laugh and a joke and generally enjoy themselves in a warm and inviting environment.
CMMS is a member of the UK Men’s Shed Association and Registered Charity (No. 1178085).
The Shed is primarily aimed at older men who enjoy making things and want to make new friends. It is known that this helps to prevent loneliness and depression. We are already working in partnership with Cleobury Mortimer Medical Centre and receive appropriate referrals by the local GP’s and plan to be more involved with the local community and the dementia Care Home opening nearby.
There are now more than thirty members including six trustees and we expect to gain more members now that the shed is ‘up and running’.
Since October 2017 we have leased a site at a pepper corn rent on the Newhouse Farm Industrial Estate and purchased a used caravan (30’ x 10’), which is used as Mess / Meeting Room as well as the 30’ x 20’ shed, which is of a well-insulated timber construction with a concrete floor for use all year round. Many donations of equipment and tools have already been made.
Planning Permission was been granted by Shropshire County Council.
The building is now complete and machinery is installed. The opening date was July 2nd 2022 when up to 120 friends, guests and members witnessed the shed being opened by the Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire.
CMMS is included in the Cleobury Mortimer Town Council Neighbourhood Plan and has received donations and support from Cleobury Compassionate Communities, Mawley Town Farm and following a public vote received a grant of from Cleobury Town Council, as well as individual and business donations. Local Parish Councils have provided grants and we have also received a substantial donation from the Shropshire Men’s Shed Association. Grants have been provided by the National Lottery, the Truemark Trust and The Hobson Charity. We are also continuing with local fundraising.
Donations ‘in kind’ include tools, equipment, discounted electrical installation, discounted building materials, free labour, concrete foundation laid at no cost, and free park surfacing amount to £13,600.
The overall cost of the project is £51,200 with £40,200, including ‘donations in kind, raised to date.
The main structure of the shed has now been completed, fitted out with an extensive range of woodworking equipment, 5 separate work stations and an essential dust extraction system. It is therefore ‘up and running’.
Opening hours are 12.00 – 4.00pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and 2.30pm – 4.00pm Fridays. Anyone is welcome to come and visit us to have a look around and stop for a drink and a chat if you would like.
In addition to the main shed there is the mobile home / mess room referred to above in which members are welcome to sit, chat, read or simply stop off for a drink.