Crewkerne & District Men’s Shed is finding that their FIX-IT programme for the community is proving to be a popular asset to the town. Members recently restored a weather vane, much to the delight of a local woman who thought her family heirloom was destined for the scrap heap due to becoming severely corroded with rust and missing its turning mechanism. The Men’s Shed were able to restore the metal weather vane, depicting a steam engine, thanks to the engineering skills of one of the group’s members and another members’ knowledge of the railways of yesteryear, with the restoration work completed by painting it Malachite green, the popular livery colour of Southern Railways.
The Men’s Shed which meets at 14a East Street is open to men and women on Tuesday mornings from 10 am until 1 pm and on Thursday afternoons from 1 pm until 4 pm. In an exciting development to the weekly programme, a series of training workshops will run on Wednesday evenings from 6 pm, beginning on September 25th. The workshops are designed to give people the opportunity to transform the look of furniture with the guidance of expert finisher Mick Stevenson.
During the five week course, Mick will show how to use traditional paint finishing techniques, including marbling, wood-graining, rag-rolling and shabby chic. People are invited to bring along a small piece of furniture or they can work on sample panels, provided by the Men’s Shed. The cost of the workshops is £6 per session or £25 for the full course if paid before or at the first workshop. Crewkerne & District Men’s Shed is grateful to Linda and Richard Wilyman for providing them with an excellent base in the town and for the support received from the Rotary Club of Crewkerne, South Somerset District Council and Crewkerne Town Council. For more information on the training workshops, please contact Mick on 07791854097.