The Gosport Shed

St Vincent main gateSt Vincent College main gate Aerial viewAerial View 1970

Our Shed has been established because many older men find that retirement takes away most of our friends and our sense of purpose, leaving us vulnerable to physical illness and depression. The Gosport Shed provides a new network of friends and a renewed sense of purpose - it's a good reason to get up in the morning!

Men's Sheds started in Australia, where there are now more than 900, and are spreading around the world. In the UK there are more than 400 sheds with over 10,000 members, several of them supported by AgeUK, and a UK Mens Shed Association has recently been formed.

Our premises at St Vincent are not far from the center of Gosport and have good transport links. The post code (for those with SatNav's) is PO12 4QA.

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We have refurbished our workshop and social rooms in this new venue. It is a wonderfully peaceful location, and we hope to have a lot of space for projects of all sorts.

The founding of the Gosport Shed

On 17th May 2013 we held an Open Meeting which was attended by about 35 people, including members of several local voluntary agencies, Gosport Borough Council, Hampshire County Council, the National Health Service, veterans organisations and our MP, Caroline Dinenage. The meeting unanimously supported the Shed, and 8 men joined us on the spot.

This is a useful link to a video about the opening days of the Gosport Shed

The Gosport Shed on video

Our initial Open Meeting was filmed by Utility Films of Ventnor, Isle of Wight, who specialise in films on community subjects. They have generously made us a video which gives a very good picture of the meeting and the aims of The Gosport Shed. See http://vimeo.com/67644996

Please contact us if you would like to be involved with The Gosport Shed. You can also ring our mobile number 07852 452664 which is available during our opening hours (0900 - 1600 week daily)

DISCLAIMER

It is regretted that The Gosport Shed must decline requests for assistance from the general public. This is because shed members would not be insured when working outside of the shed environs, and any coverage for accidents both to shed members and a third party would be nullified.

The Gosport Shed is grateful for support from many sources, including Southern Co-operatives, Gosport Voluntary Action, Gosport Older Persons Forum, Gosport Borough Council, Hampshire County Council, Councillor Bob Forder, Caroline Dinenage MP, Fareham and Gosport CCG, BrendonCare, SSAFA, HMS Sultan, the Round Table, BBC Solent, ASDA, Gosport Road Racers, Waitrose, the Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Gosport Rotary Club, Co-op Funeral Care, Rowner Rd and the Portsmouth News.