To promote social inclusion for the public benefit, the preservation and protection of good health among in particular but not exclusively men in Chippenham and the surrounding area, including those who are retired, unemployed or have health problems, through the provision of facilities for hobbies, recreation or other leisure time occupation including practical interests, skills sharing, the learning of new skills, and helping with community based projects.
We are a community space for men to connect, converse and create. The activities are often similar to those of garden sheds, but for men to enjoy together. We help reduce loneliness and isolation, but most importantly, we have fun!
Sheds are whatever the members (or Shedders as we call them) want them to be. Although labelled sheds, they often are not sheds at all. They can be empty offices, portable cabin’s, warehouses, garages, and in at least one case, a disused mortuary. Some Sheds are purpose-built workshops, but they rarely start out that way. Many don’t have premises at all in the beginning and instead form a group that meets regularly for the social connection, company and camaraderie until they can find somewhere to kit out with tools. Many Sheds get involved in community projects too – restoring village features, helping keep parks and green spaces, and building things for schools, libraries, and individuals in need..
For a long time research has shown the negative impact of loneliness and isolation on a person's health and wellbeing. Recently we have seen more evidence come to light that shows loneliness and isolation can be as hazardous to our health as obesity and excessive smoking. Surveys from mental health charities are finding that millions of people report feeling lonely on a daily basis.
As you are aware, the virus is still around, so the wash hands policy is still in operation as your wellbeing is important to us when you visit.
It is important that you as a member stay connected with us and let us know how you are doing via Email or Facebook. The links are below!
Be One Of The Shed People!
A place to pursue practical interests.
Practise skills and enjoy making and mending.
Social connections and friendship building.
A place to relax and have a laugh!
We have Internet access!Come along, have a cup of tea or coffee with a biscuit or two or a portion of home-made cake from our Chef Graham!
Our opening times are 09:00 and closing 12:00.
Birch Grove Pavilion,
Chippenham Rugby Club
Allington Fields, Frogwell, Chippenham SN14 0YZ
Tuesdays between 09:00 - 12:00
Due to cold weather damage at the Pavilion, we now meet at the Rugby Club.
Works to repair the Pavilion will take 6 to 8 weeks!