Norfolk County Council Social Infrastructure Fund Award

Henry Gowman, Chair of Poringland and District Men’s Shed, said:

“We are beyond delighted to be the recipient of such a generous and important grant which will enable us to build our own Shed thereby securing our future.”

“We formed our Shed workshop almost exactly seven years ago and have had to move three times. Having the money to build a permanent home for our project will enable us to extend our activities and welcome even more men to our Shed, which is important as we can provide a base for recovery from the social isolation caused by Covid-19.”

“Having a modern purpose built Shed will enable us to extend our repair service whereby we fix household goods, prolonging their usefulness, and preventing them going to landfill.”

“We will also be building allotments and engaging with our village primary school on an intergenerational project in sowing seeds, maintaining the plots, harvesting and eating the produce, most of which will be going to our village food bank.”

New Notice Board – made for Brooke Parish Council

Peter, John and Les erected the new notice board for Brooke Parish Council

Peter Stuart alongside the notice board.

Family Heirloom Repaired

One of the first jobs to be completed following our re-opening is the repair of this chair.

Family Heirloom Repaired


20th July 1942 – 21st April 2021


Dear Men,
It is with some shock and a great deal of regret that I have to inform you that Roy died suddenly at his home on Wednesday evening.
Roy was an original member of our Shed at its first ever exploratory meeting at The Royal Oak in 2014 and became and remained our treasurer.
He took a keen interest in all Shed matters and was supportive in all that we did and have achieved over the years.
He kept our finances in excellent order and had only just completed and submitted our annual accounts for 2020 when he died.
Roy had a good sense of humour and forgave my misunderstanding when I asked him to take on the responsibility of treasurer as I understood he had been a bank manager in Africa.  He accepted the challenge but later told me that he had never been a bank manager – he had been sent to Africa to build a bank!
Roy certainly laid the financial foundations that have kept our Shed solvent.
He was a good man and will be missed.  I have sent our condolences to his widow Nikki.
With kind regards,


Shed re-opens 13th April

Open For Business!

We are pleased to announce, in line with the government’s roadmap, that we shall be opening the shed at 10:00 am 0n Tuesday 13th April. We will of course continue to follow the Covid secure advice of HANDS-FACE-SPACE and fresh air. Please bring your own refreshments and mask. We look forward to seeing you there!