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Melksham’s handy men get a new name and a new home

IT’S all change at Melksham Shed as the community group has been renamed and will now move into new premises. 

The group will now be known as ‘The Shed’, Melksham, and they have secured a semi –permanent venue at the former youth club in the sports grounds at Alexander Road, Bowerhill. The first formal meeting is to be held on Thursday 25th September at 7.30pm.

The group was established earlier this year and has been looking for a permanent home since. Despite the uncertainty of the location of the club it has thrived as handy persons in Melksham have  learned and honed their skills throughout 2014.

‘The Shed’, Melksham is a community activity group for those mainly, but not exclusively retired and of either gender. The purpose is to provide a workshop where people can meet to undertake hand craft of any scale and use. It will have benches and tools for woodworking, as well as people skilled in the use of tools to assist those not familiar with a plane or chisel.

Chris Pickett from the group said, “The premises have been lent to us by the kind permission of Wiltshire Council and Melksham Without Council who have been exceptionally supportive in taking on our venture. For this we are deeply grateful. The location is due for redevelopment, so we hope that we can attract another land owner to provide us with a more permanent base when the time comes. In addition, we shall appreciate any company support particularly with tools, a name sign, or even headed paper.

“Everyone is welcome to the first formal meet on the 25th September when in particular those that were there when it all began in January  can now return to see how ‘The Shed’ is to develop. We will then be having  a grand opening in October to formalise the changes.  We have many exciting projects ahead, especially after we were approached by the town council to help with benches for public areas, which we hope to take on in due course.”