Men’s Shed get donation from Rotary Club in Stowmarket

Members of the Rotary Club of Stowmarket Gipping Valley visited the Meadlands Men’s Shed to hear a talk given by retired consultant urologist Chris Booth who is the clinical director of CHAPS Men’s Health Charity.

He established the Department of Urology at Colchester General Hospital in 1984 and it was established as a regional cancer centre in 2006.  His main aim is to raise awareness of Prostate Cancer, Cardiovascular risk assessment, AAA screening (abdominal aortic aneurysm)in men and provide free tests at various locations throughout Eastern England.  He also campaigns for better NHS services devoted to male health issues.

After the talk the Meadlands Men’s Shed, represented by Alan Page, was presented with a cheque for £200 by Jeff Stern of the Rotary Club so that the waste bin can be emptied weekly for the next 12 months.

Also in the photo above are Men’s Shed treasurer Bill Bowden and chairman Barry Salmon.

Although it is called Men’s Shed, women members are also very welcome.

The Men’s Shed organisation was started in 2013 and had 30 sheds dotted in various parts of the UK.  They are now growing at between six and nine a month.

The Stowmarket (Meadlands) Men’s Shed is a place where members feel at home and pursues practical interests with a high degree of autonomy.

Stowmarket Men’s Shed offers this to a group of members to 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, community projects, of purpose, achievement and social interaction. A place of leisure where all come together to work.

Jeff Stern said: “This is the start of closer collaboration between the Rotary Club of Stowmarket Gipping Valley and the Meadlands Men’s Shed as both organisations have similar aims, but different methods of getting people together in fellowship.”

The Rotary Club meets every other Thursday evening at the Cedars Hotel, in Stowmarket, and if you want a taster of what they are about whether you be young or old, male or female you would be very welcome. Just contact Richard Tingey (richard@tingeys.co.uk) for more information.

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