WW1 Centenary Silhouettes

Dear Men
Our silhouettes of the 11 fallen from Poringland are now in the Village Memorial Gardens. They look impressive and are a fitting tribute to mark the centenary of the end of the Great War.
Well done everyone – you have done the village proud!


New Shed Project

The New Shed project has taken a significant step forward this month with the news that Poringland Parish Council has, at a recent meeting, agreed to offer us a 99 year lease at a peppercorn rate. This is very welcome news. To read the council minute and keep up to date on the New Shed Project visit our dedicated page.

UKMSA November Newsletter

This month our shed has been featured in the national newsletter. The extract is shown below but to read this month’s newsletter in full visit the archive

November 2018 edition


Prostate Cancer Awareness Event

If you wish to attend please contact HENRY GOWMAN 📩 or 📞 07906 701891

Give as you Live

We have passed a significant milestone by raising £100 through the Give as you Live platform. Every time a Poringland  & District Men’s Shed supporter uses the Give as you Live site to make a purchase we receive a donation from the supplier/retailer. If you haven’t yet signed up please Go To >>> and sign up Today! Thank you. And don’t forget to ask your friends and family to sign up!

Give as you live.

Big Breakfast at Lowestoft

Wednesday 10th October saw a group of 16 hungry men from PDMS head East to Lowestoft for a Big Breakfast and a visit to The Royal Navy Patrol Service Museum and Lowestoft Maritime Museum. Thank you to our supporters who funded this event.

PDMShedders enjoy breakfast.

Peer Support Event 28th November @ The Forum

For more information click here

PDMS will be attending this event – if you can help please contact Henry Gowman


Extended Opening Hours

Due to high demand we are now open every Thursday from 10:00 until 13:00 in addition to Tuesdays and Saturdays.


Awareness and support event

PDMS will be attending this event – if you can help please contact Henry Gowman

Shoulder to Shoulder 042

The latest edition of the UKMSA newsletter Shoulder to Shoulder is now available. All archived newsletter copies are available here


Vote for UKMSA

You can still help support Men’s Sheds, by shopping online at Waitrose and voting for UKMSA. Please encourage, friends, family and neighbours to do so as well, and talk to your nearest Waitrose store about local publicity. Don’t forget to promote us on social media too! For further details go to waitrose/en/home/inspiration/ community_matters.html


Planters or Hot Tubs?

PDMS were asked to help provide some planters for the Mow & Grow project in Bowthorpe. The finished article seems to resemble a hot tub – a tempting idea this hot Summer!


Cats going up in the world – with the help of PDMS!

Hi John, I hope this email finds you well. I just thought I’d send you some photographs of cats on the ladders.

The ladders are absolutely fantastic, and the cats love them. Since we’ve had the ladders we’ve had three cats in the pens, and all of them have spent most of the day (and night probably) on the top shelf. Cats love being higher up and the ladders are the perfect height for the cats to see what’s going on around them. They are also the perfect size as they don’t take up any space.

So I wanted to thank you and the Men’s Shed for making the ladders – they have made a huge difference to the cats’ lives.

Best wishes to you and all at the Men’s Shed!


Tree to Timber Event

A Tree to Timber Event is being held at Orchard Barn, Ringshall on Saturday 4th August. Full details can be found below.

Tree to Timber Event


Summer  Shows

The PDMShedders have been present at several local fetes and fairs this year including The Lord Mayor’s Procession in partnership with EACH who were promoting their NOOK appeal. For all the pictures go to our gallery page

The EACH float



Norfolk Community Foundation Photo Challenge

Poringland Mens Shed is building a carnival float for East Anglian Children’s Hospice who have been invited to take part in The Lord Mayors Parade through Norwich on 7th July. The theme is ‘circus’ and we have made silhouettes of circus performers and are in the process of painting them, plus a wall (in EACH corporate colours) to illustrate the new Children’s Hospice being built nearby our Shed.
Norfolk Community Foundation ( ) are running a photo competition on their Facebook page in which we have entered the photo below, showing our Men and Tal from EACH showing off their new found skill set.
Please support us and EACH by visiting the Facebook page and ‘liking’ our photo and help us raise funds should we win the competition, which is decided by public vote.
With many thanks,
Henry Gowman
Chair Poringland Men’s Shed

If you don’t “do” Facebook perhaps your family members can instead – especially the younger ones!

Tal Williams from EACH lends a hand .
Martin Fry Photography


Volunteers Week


Four members of the Shed attended a volunteers day at The School House Hub to promote the Shed and Network with other voluntary groups and also Henry and Les are representing us at South Norfolk Community Awards on June 7th as we have been shortlisted for an award.

Post evening note:

Dear all,
Les and I attended the awards ceremony last evening. We didn’t win but we were in splendid company and it is an accolade for PDMS to be shortlisted and for the success of the group to be recognised in this way.

Fair on the Yare 2018

We raised £73:00 at The Fair on the Yare with bucket ball proving a popular game once again and 14 bird boxes sold.


This summer, the UK Men’s Sheds Association is one of three good causes to benefit from the Waitrose online Community Matters awards scheme. During June, July and August, online shoppers will be invited to vote for one of three national charities at the checkout, and we’re hoping it will be UKMSA! A £25,000 donation will be shared between the charities in proportion to votes cast over the 3 months. You can help support Men’s Sheds, by shopping online at Waitrose and voting for UKMSA. Please encourage, friends, family and neighbours to do so as well, and talk to your nearest Waitrose store about local publicity. If you use social media or contribute to a newsletter, we’d be grateful if you could share this short piece: Waitrose online shoppers invited to support Men’s Sheds When faced by life-changing experiences – retirement, unemployment, bereavement – men can feel disconnected and disoriented, particularly when their identify has been tied up with their working lives. Men’s Sheds are communal workspaces bringing older men together to stay healthier and happier for longer through making, mending and learning. The UK Men’s Sheds Association (UKMSA) exists to inspire and support the development of Men’s Sheds. As a membership organisation, we represent the interests of more than 500 Men’s Sheds and over 10,000 Shedders. Our mission is to enable access to a Shed for every man that wants it. If you shop online with Waitrose in June, July or August, please vote for UKMSA for a share of a national £25,000 donation to help match men with Sheds. For further details go to community_matters_results.html


Lord Mayor’s Process- EACH float project 

PDMS is working with EACH to produce a float for this year’s Lord Mayor’s Show. The float will have a circus comes to town theme and here are some pictures that show the work in progress.

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Rockin’ Horse Gallops Away!

Further to our story (see below) the rockin’ horse was sold by EACH this month. Sally Rix, the store manager who sold the horse writes…….

Wanted to say a big thank you for the donation of the rocking horse. I sold it today for £300 after reducing my original price. I had various grandparents who wanted to but it for their grandchildren but unfortunately the parents didn’t have the space!
By a strange coincidence Keith came in shortly afterwards so I was able to thank him and chat about his skill.
Sally from EACH Unthank Rd Charity shop


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Cool for cats!

Poringland shedders come to the rescue with a cat ladder for a cat’s league premises. 

 Fair on the Yare 2018

We shall be at The Fair once again. Come along and join in the fun of the fair! 

PDMen’s Shed & South Norfolk Tree Warden Network working together

The Shed was approached to help build a sensory garden at an ex military cafe in Bowthorpe as part of the project SN Tree Warden Network provided funds for hedge planting.




Doorstops keep cabins cooler!

PDMS came to the rescue with some doorstops for a nearby office. A note of thanks was received…….

Dear Mr Banks

I would like to thank you and your colleagues at the ‘Men’s Shed’ for taking the time and effort to produce such a lovely set of door stops. These will come in very handy as we struggle to control the temperature in our little porta cabin.

Please do pass on my thanks to all involved.

With kindest regards

Nichola Dalzell MInstLM | EPIC-Norfolk Research Manager (Norwich)

The Rocking Horse Project




The Beast from the East closes the shed

The extreme weather has forced us to close on Saturday 3rd March. We shall reopen as normal on Tuesday 6th.


We have just learnt we have been awarded a generous grant from The Dulverton Trust Fund through Norfolk Community Foundation. We are most grateful.


This year’s AGM will take place on Tuesday 20th February at The Dove PH . Roger has kindly allowed us use of the marquee dining room for the formal AGM which will commence at 10:00 and finish promptly at 11:00. Coffee will be served. Following the AGM   we will adjourn to the barn.

Weird and Wonderful Wood May 2018

For more information click here


An Informal General Meeting was held on 16th January. A summary of the discussion can be found here.

We have now joined the UK Mens Shed Association. This brings a number of benefits including access to the UK MSA resources and voting rights. For more information on the UK MSA visit the website.