International Mensday November 19th

For more information on Mensday click here

Henry recently gave an interview to Gillette as part of International Mensday publicity.

To read his interview click here


The Shedders get diggin’

Steve, John and Henry responded to a request from a Poringland resident to plant some trees in her garden. Job done!

PDMS is going🦇BATS!

Bat boxes collected.

John loads up 20 Bat boxes for Norwich Bat Group – made by PDMS


PDMS goes Back to School!

Thank you from Brooke Primary School.

On September 11th PDMensshed was invited to attend school for the official handover of the Buddy Bench and Reading Tree we had made. The children put the finishing touches to the tree decorating it with cut outs supplied by PDMS. And of course during playtime the children enjoyed our Bucket & Ball and Mad Mower games! For more pictures to to our Gallery page. Click here



Lawnmower game -Poringland Fete.

The stop the mower game was built by PDMShedders following a request from South Yare Wildlife Group who  wanted to promote the need to let wildflowers grow for the bees to thrive. It has since been played at Countryfile Live and BirdFair.

Rodney Aldis wrote,

I am indebted to Les Banks and his colleagues at the Poringland Men’s Shed for working up my idea and getting the game built when they had several other projects in hand. Les also came up with the strap-line we used ‘Don’t mow it, Grow it. Save the nectar.’

The read the full story and more about the South Yare Wildlife Group follow this Link here


PDMS Go Crazy …..over Golf !

A busy month finishing two major projects…..A Buddy Bench for Brooke School and a Crazy Golf course set for residents and visitors to Lydia Eva Court care home in Gorleston. To read more about the Lydia Eva project click here

Please see below a message from Sandra about what our efforts, in making the mini crazy golf sets, meant to the staff and residents. It does give some sense of the importance of helping our wider community by harnessing the various skills we have and working together. It sums up what I was think Mens Shed should be about.
Well done you all and thank you to the crowd that came along.

From Sandra:
What a beautiful day, a huge thank you for you and all you colleagues and their partners at the men shed for coming today. We really enjoyed the day and our residents were participating and laughing. I had the opportunity to show Les around part of Lydia Eva and he will be able to tell you about this when you catch up. I was so delighted that looking around everyone was smiling


PDMS wins Community Group of the Year Award


At an Award Ceremony held in the famous and beautiful Diss Corn Hall last evening, our Shed was named as South Norfolk Community Group of The Year. This is a great achievement but most importantly it is recognition from our own community of the positive impact we have had on so many people’s lives, including our own.
Just a reminder that we have achieved this standing within our community over 4 short years, involving enforced moves and remaking our Shed project each time.
This award is a great boost for us and will be an important factor in securing funding for our new build.
Well done everybody!
Henry Gowman Chair PDMS

Full details of all the award winners can be found here


PDMShedders attend Well being event at South Norfolk Council

Kerrie Gallagher, Communities Manager wrote:

Thanks so much for coming along – we have had such excellent feedback!

I loved it, cant wait to get my box up in the garden 😊

PDMShedders signpost Maggie’s Place at Loddon Allotments

Hello Henry

I am trying to set up a project to help carers on an allotment in Loddon. The idea is to create a place where carers can come to do some light gardening, chat to other people going through similar things and have a cup of tea.

I was inspired to do this by my mum, who cares full time for my dad, an Alzheimer’s sufferer. I see how much she gets out of going out in her garden or to her allotment and as a gardener myself I understand the power of gardening to lift the spirits and take your mind off your worries for a while so I thought I would try to set up a gardening project for people who perhaps don’t have their own garden and have become isolated by their caring duties.

I am very new to setting up a community project so Julie suggested I should come and talk to you about how you started your men’s shed. She also suggested you might be able to help me by creating a wooden sign to help me direct people to my plot on the allotments. I’m just looking for something basic on a wooden post that could be hammered into the ground. If that is something your men’s shed group could do please could you let me know how much it would cost.

I have attached a copy of my leaflet in case you have any carers coming to your shed who might be interested in a bit of gardening.

I look forward to hearing from you

Kind Regards


Bluebells and Butterflies

We were approached by Pauline Williamson to make 50 butterflies for a Bluebell event at East Hills Wood. The event takes place on Saturday 11th May.





To demonstrate our support for the Armed Forces Community we have now signed the Armed Forces Covenant. To read the covenant click here

2019 has started in our usual way with a Big Brainstorming Breakfast ! This time we ate at Green Pastures café and discussed the New Shed proposals.