Our Shed

Our Shed (The Calne Men's Shed) originated with a process started back in November 2016, when Jane Vaughan, Community Engagement Manager for Calne got together a small group of like minded people to see if the concept would work in our town, was there even a need for it? It very quickly transpired that not only was the need there, but also the people willing to get it to work.

There followed a series of meetings to get a workable strategy in place, culminating with a public meeting to try and gauge if the future members, wanted a "Shed" in Calne.

It became quite clear that there was a desire for such an organisation and with many signing up for membership, then and there. We were up, if not quite running.

Like most good ideas, you get started and then you get either lucky, or unlucky, we got very lucky. We were offered an opportunity to share premises with The Repair Academy, by The Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, who leased the premises from Hills Waste Solutions. All three of these organisations were very helpful in getting us started.

Things move on however and the owners of the building in which we were located needed to repossess the building in order to redevelop it, this meant we had to vacate our premises by the end of this February (2020).

Fortunately for us, some space became available in an old shop located in the centre of Calne in Church Street. Although it was initially only secured for six months, the shop known as Calne Central enabled us to keep going through the Covid pandemic.

Now, thanks to Calne Town Council we have secured our current and hopefully permanent home at the Groundsmans Buiding in Anchor Rd, a more suitable place in which we can fulfil the expectations of our Shed community.