The Waterlooville Men's Shed, unlike others, is open:
Monday to Friday
9.30 am to 3.30 pm
(excludes Bank Holidays and Public Holidays)
The Waterlooville Men's Shed was established in June 2014.
It currently has a membership of over thirty.
The property has had extensive work undertaken on it by the members themselves.
There is a social room, metal working bay, welding area, electronics room, machine room, main workshop and wood turning room.
The main equipment available to members includes:
metal lathe, pillar drills, welders, bench saws, routers and planers, sanders, wood turning lathes and numerous hand tools.
What is a Men’s Shed?
A Men's Shed is a larger version of the typical man’s shed in the garden – a place where he feels at home and pursues practical interests with a high degree of autonomy.
A Men's Shed offers this to a group of such men where members share the tools and resources they need to work on projects of their own choosing at their own pace and in a safe, friendly and inclusive venue.
They are places of skill-sharing and informal learning, of individual pursuits and community projects, of purpose, achievement and social interaction.
A place of leisure, where men come together to work. A Shed’s activities usually involve making or mending in wood (e.g. carpentry, joinery, turning, carving, whittling, marquetry, furniture renovation) and may include activities as varied as bike repair, gardening, vehicle repair, tool renovation, upholstery, boat renovation, model engineering, milling, turning in plastics, etc. Reclamation, reuse and restoration will feature strongly – and some say that is true of the men too!
Whichever activities are pursued the essence of a Shed is the network of relationships between the members.