Some old friends returning to the Sheds and some newcomers giving them a go. Plus a new book to be released on Sheds internationally in which Whitby District Sheds are one of 34 UK case studies .
First, Whitby on Wednesday
Staithes on Monday was a weather wash out. No opportunity to do more external plot clearance nor to start the garden shed for new member Matt. It was decided to have a concerted clean up of the workshop area and it was Matt (all 6′ 1″ of him) who energetically set the pace. Watched by Manya his very calm Alsatian.
Then the book.
We received greetings and news from (Prof) Barry Golding of Australia. His specialism is wellbeing and active aging. He has followed the development of Sheds in Australia for many years and mustered the evidence of their benefits.
Hi Graham & Whitby District Sheds
You’ll see the paperback version of the 2021 book is not yet available for preorder, as it is usual to release the hard copy version first.
[A copy is on order for Whitby Sheds]
A good night out was had by Staithes Shed on Friday night , along with many other locals. At Staithes Sports & Social Club.
Regular followers of Whitby Sheds know that for a good while the future of the Shed was by no means clear or certain. Rescued from auction by the Sivils family of Easington (Tiger Inn), the meeting was called to present progress made by the small steering committee over the last 3 months and the general direction of travel for the S&SC.
The aim is to create a sustainable club and community hub. Sustainable in financial terms and the work to run the organisation which will depend on voluntary support.
At present the Club premises are in private hands (a rescue package) but the intention is that it will return to being community owned through a registered charity being established with the help and guidance of Coast & Vale Community Action.
The intent is to have the Club registered with the Charity Commission by Christmas. Charity status will relieve the Club of some of its operational costs and open opportunities for grants and donations to begin to pay off the “bridging loan” and to invest in improvements.
The Shed was actually mentioned at the end of the presentation as an example of what the Club wants to encourage too.
The Shed’s reaction was to welcome the plans and to express support for the workmanlike approach to re-invigorating the Sports & Social Club for the community. There is an invitation for us to meet with the task group leading the process.
As far as the 5 Shedders present were concerned this was music to their ears given the uncertainties (plural) of the past 18 months.
Guess what we will be talking about at Monday’s Shed session!!!
Meanwhile, Graham has been laying flags in the final stages of establishing his new garden.
Not a Shedder in sight when he needed one!