The Brunel Shed had its official opening this week in its home at Potley and Pockeridge Community Centre in Corsham. The building was in a sorry state and was little used. However it has now been given a complete makeover thanks to the hard work of the newly formed Brunel Shed.
A shed is a larger version of the typical shed in the garden – a place where you can feel at home and pursues practical interests with a high degree of autonomy. A Shed offers this to a group of such people where members share the tools and resources they need to work on projects of their own choosing at their own pace and in a safe, friendly and inclusive venue. They are places of skill-sharing and informal learning, of individual pursuits and community projects, of purpose, achievement and social interaction. A place of leisure where people come together to work.
The Brunel Shed has become the 300th to open in the country and with the support of a number of organisations, funders and individuals have transformed the community centre with new heating, electrics, security, tools and decoration. The group has already committed itself to some local projects such as refurbishing some old local mining trolleys to be heritage art outside of Springfield campus.
The Brunel Shed is being led by chairman Ed Brand, at 10am each Monday at the community centre. The frequency could be increased later on, depending on the uptake.
So far, 30 people have applied to become members including one woman. Each session costs £5 to pay for the use of the community centre.
This is a very popular and successful project and if you are interested in joining you can email Barry Reed on email@example.com or pop down on a Monday morning from 10am.