As part of the process of making plans for the development of a new Men’s Shed in Batley a group of men from the town have paid a visit to the Leeds Men’s shed run by Groundwork.
Everyone was made extremely welcome by the men from the Leeds Men’s Shed and almost immediately the Leeds men were showing off their latest projects.
One of these included a new model helicopter design they were working on to sell in support of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
Will Gore from Groundwork was able to show the group some of the health and safety paperwork they use and recommended some of the power tools a shed might like to obtain.
Everyone was not only impressed with the space and the equipment available but were delighted with the friendly and welcoming atmosphere in the shed which the Batley men would love to recreate in a Men’s Shed in Batley.
On the return journey to Batley the group called at Portable Offices in Morley to see the range of containers, site offices and portacabins which perhaps could be purchased for use as a men’s shed. Lea the site manager seemed to enjoy having an audience to show round the site. Initially the group weren’t sure why they had come but once they saw the portable buildings their excitement grew as they could see the potential of using a pre-used site office as a base for a men’s shed.
The next stage in the development of the Batley Men’s Shed will be to obtain precise costs for the building apply for funding and permission for its sighting. At the same time thought is being given to running some pilot sessions with portable benches and tools.
Anyone interested in joining the Batley Men’s Shed or donating tools or equipment please contact Fiaz at the PKWA via this link firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01924 422786