Yorvic @ Preston Park

There is an interesting display at Preston Hall of things Viking. It would seem that they were into pole lathes too!

This week the grandsons are off school and with us as grandparents. One of the things we started on Bank Holiday Monday was working through the cutting list for pole lathe parts.

Machine is a “Kity” with saw, planer /thicknesser & spindle maker.

What we are aiming for

Sawing wood is always noisy so protect your ears

Next up is our Press Release concerning the Shed and the £5000 Awards for All  grant to develop the Shed.

Norton Men’s Shed has recently had some very welcome news. It has received £5000 from National Lottery England’s Awards for All to develop the Shed more fully.
Norton Men’s Shed, NORMENS, was established in January this year earlier than intended because the Shed was without a workshop home. One of the locations explored was Norton Sports Charity and the site manager Dave Geldart speedily arranged for the Shed to use the Cricket Pavilion as a temporary space to start up with an initial 8 Shed members of both sexes.

Here is a repaired and painted door with a vinyl sign added by Scotty Dave

Work in progress, all round.

The Pavilion was not suitable for the kinds of machine equipment Sheds will often use . However it met the two most important criteria – a place for people to meet and bond and something worthwhile for them to do. That something was decorating the Home and Away changing rooms and foyer in black and white livery.
Graham Storer of NORMENS Shed believes it’s been a win-win for the Cricket Club, the Sports Charity and Norton Men’s Shed, helped by experience from the Whitby District Sheds.
Two of the early attendees, Shedders for short, were signposted to the project by Social Prescribers who work with district medical centres to introduce people to new social contexts they might benefit from. Claire Walker, Social Prescriber Link Worker from Billingham & Norton Primary Care Network admitted that directly she heard the rumour of a Norton Shed under consideration she was on the case because activities suitable for men are in particular short supply.
David McCullogh, director for premises development with the Sports Charity, commented that they often have young volunteers working with the Charity on site maintenance but that having the Shed regularly on site had been very worthwhile, contributing also to the atmosphere.
Norton Men’s Shed is now making the Sports complex a more permanent home with many varied opportunities indoors and outdoors to offer creative distraction to people sometimes needing a bit of restoration themselves.
The Awards for All grant has come with perfect timing for Norton Men’s Shed as it engages in the challenge of continuing to build on what has already been achieved in somewhat unusual circumstances. NORMENS welcomes the opportunity to return benefits of its work not only to its Shedders but also to a sense of Norton community by working with others.
There is a lively web-site at www.normens.org.uk and anyone wanting to know more, particularly regarding joining can call Graham Storer on 07763 656627.

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