Men’s Shed gifts bench to St John’s Court

PUBLISHED: 14:11 28 March 2015

St John's Court team manger Trevor Moir, Senior Mental Health Practicioner Steve Hammond and Dr Teg Freer are pictured seated on the new bench that was presented by the Mens' Shed this week. Ref exe 0590-12-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

St John's Court team manger Trevor Moir, Senior Mental Health Practicioner Steve Hammond and Dr Teg Freer are pictured seated on the new bench that was presented by the Mens' Shed this week. Ref exe 0590-12-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

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A men’s social group has once again come to the rescue by hand-crafting much-needed seating for a vital local service.

The Men’s Shed, a project run by the Open Door Centre, has so far built a picnic bench for St John’s Court, a bird table for a school, and fixed a fence for local residents.

This week, members returned to St John’s Court, which is the headquarters for the mental health and recovery team for East Devon, gifting them special seating that can be used by clients and staff.

The bench was handmade using recycled wood. Secretary of the Men’s Shed, Dot Taylor, said: “When we visited St John’s Court for the presentation of the picnic bench for use by the staff, psychiatrist Teg Freer mentioned that a ‘seating bench’ would enable staff to sit and meet up with clients and care users, and would be most beneficial.”

The Men’s Shed, based at Clayton House Community Centre, Salterton Road, is a weekly social group which is doing its bit for the community.

Members can socialise over a game of pool or darts, and share skills.

They want to develop a workshop and Dot added: “The district council fully supported our proposal for a purpose-built Men’s Shed on land adjacent to Clayton House Community Centre.

“We are now ready to apply for planning permission. We have had to overcome many obstacles, and it has been a lengthy process, but I am sure we will get there eventually.”


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