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Mayor Cllr Tony Ring opens Ringwood Men's Shed

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INSTEAD of cutting a ribbon to open the Ringwood Men’s Shed project, the town’s mayor sawed in half a block of wood.

Cllr Tony Ring was accompanied at the DIY ceremony by branch members, including former town mayor Tim Ward, one of the group’s main organisers.

Mr Ward told the A&T that the club, based at the former Scout hall on Strides Lane footpath, was set up for people to make things, keep active and socialise.

Saw point for Cllr Tony Ring at the opening (photo: Derek Maidment)
Saw point for Cllr Tony Ring at the opening (photo: Derek Maidment)

He said members had constructed a mud kitchen for Poulner Junior School to help children play together in the wake of the pandemic.

“It really is incredible the effect the pandemic has had on lots of people, including children, so it’s great we are able to help out with something like that,” said Mr Ward.

The normal opening hours of the base will be 10am-2pm Monday-Friday, and it will also hold a weekly social gathering on Thursdays between 3pm and 5pm at the town’s Conservative Club.

Mr Ward added: “We’ve got 40-plus members already and some strictly go to the workshop whereas others want just to socialise, and many do both, all of which is absolutely fine.

“We are very grateful to the Conservative Club for allowing us to use its space and also to Colin and Lindsay for allowing us to use the hut for our group.”

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