Town Shed makes impact

Craig Mackinlay has praised the professionalism and impact of the Town Shed, following a visit to the community-led project on 11th November.

The Shed opened in Pierremont Park, Broadstairs in 2014 and provides a social hub, predominantly for older men, where users can meet and chat over a workbench and learn new skills. The community-led project has proved so popular that it now offers metalworking sessions and computer classes in addition to their woodwork-based activities.

Visiting for the first time Craig said, “It was a real pleasure to visit the Town Shed and to see first-hand the positive difference that the Shed has made to the lives of those who have got involved in the project. It was good to see such a supportive community where the users are learning from each other and where many new friendships have been made.

“The fact that the Shed has gone from strength to strength since it opened last year is testament to everyone’s obvious enthusiasm. I was hugely impressed with the professional quality of the woodwork items that I saw being handcrafted, many being made for community projects. I wish the Town Shed every success with their Christmas Sale on 5th December and with their plans to further expand this very worthy project.”

As part of the "Christmas In Broadstairs" event, being run by The Chamber Of Commerce, the Town Shed will be open, selling hand-made wooden items, such as Christmas decorations, trugs, breadboards, insect houses, and gifts for bird lovers.