In May 2017 we will host the national Launch of a month focussing on lonliness in older men. Two MP's who are heading up the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness will lead the event which aims to attract as much press attention as it can.
Our Chair Mike Jenn was interviewed by Ch 4 news on the 17th April following Prince Harry raising the subject of Men's mental health.
From April 2017 we are self-funding a new session on Monday afternoons for people with special needs. We are hiring one of our members Alan Alison to offer training and supervision with funds derived from our successful day training courses called 'An Introduction to Wood Turning'. A Camden New Journal article was published describing this development. (13/4/17)
In December 2016 we attended the Royal Festival Hall twice in one month. The first was by an invitation to be part of an exhibition on 'working with men' at which we had seven tables of products and activities plus a pole-lathe demonstration and some inter-active games for visitors. It was our biggest event and involved more members than any before. The second event was a Christmas Craft Fair which netted us over £500 in one weekend.
Also in December Trend Tools donated a new router and table to us and also provided a training day on how to use it and various tool sharpening aids.
In November 2016 our first member died of
emphysema contracted from working with asbestos when he was young. We were amazed at his tenacity in continuing to attend although he could only walk ten paces or so before needing to stop for breath.
In October 2016 our Chair Mike Jenn led the first national conference of Men's Sheds called a 'Shedfest' in Birmingham. It was his last event as Chair of the UK Men's Sheds Association which was founded at our Shed on the 15th March 2013.
In the summer of 2016 we set out our stall at two local festivals the Camden Newtown and the Kentish Town Fairs.
In June 2016 we were filmed by South Korea's national TV broadcast channel as they find the concept of Men's Sheds relevant to their older male population.
In May 2016. Terry Lyon bid farewell before returning to Australia. Though he was born and was trained as a cabinet maker in the UK he left forty years ago to make a life abroard. He was enormously successful in his trade in Australia but returned to care for his ageing mother five years ago. Whilst here he played a pivotal part in developing the Shed in its early days by drawing on his unique range of experience. He remained attending and helping others with their work until recently when his mother died. We owe him a great debt.
in April 2016 we were inteviewed by a reporter from the New York Times for an article on working with men. We also appeared in an article in the Reader's Digest.