Following the very successful Buddy Bench project “Midsomer Norton Men’s Shed” has operated over the last few years they now plan to offer colourful bespoke bird nesting boxes to schools and community spaces in the area.

Men’s Shed has been supported in this project by kind donations of material by local suppliers Wickes DIY Store and Protek Wood Stain.

Men’s Shed now has a tremendous workshop and social area at Farrington Farm Shop thanks to the generosity of Andy and Tish Jeffery in providing the space for the Shed to develop its activities on the site. With these facilities, plus the support of Wickes, Protek and Midsomer Norton Community Trust, Men’s Shed aims to offer the bird nesting box scheme to other schools and community locations in the area.

The RSPB approved nesting boxes are offered with a range of apertures which are interchangeable to suit birds from blue tits, great tits, robins and starlings and the aim is to manufacture one hundred boxes.

Membership of “The Shed” is open to anyone over the age of 18 and is for people of any skill or ability. For each person the first two sessions will be free (just to see if you like it). If you decide to become a “Shedder”, the fees are £12 per year and £2 for each visit. Midsomer Norton Men’s Shed is part of the Midsomer Norton Community Trust and a registered charity.

The Shed is open every Tuesday and Friday from 9.30 am – 1pm.

Current Shed Chairman Richard Jordan, said: “We greatly appreciated all the help given by the local community and suppliers and for all of those members of the general public who have so generously donated tools and workshop equipment. Without this support Midsomer Norton Men’s Shed simply would not exist.

“If anyone out there wants to give “shedding” a try please come along - you will find us behind the big barn at Farrington Farm Shop.

“We are a friendly bunch eager to share a cuppa and a biscuit!”

Contact Richard Jordan on: [email protected] or call: 07818 420685