Men’s Shed Insurance Experts
One of the best bits of my job is visiting companies, organisations and charities. I love to see the buildings that we insure (or might
insure!) and meet the people who trust us to provide the insurance that keeps them safe.
This morning we visited Eastleigh Men’s Shed. Hidden away in the trees down a long country lane in the River Hamble Country Park, we had almost
given up and decided we were lost when we chanced on a cluster of buildings lit brightly from the inside where we could see men wearing eye protection and dust masks - shoulder-to-shoulder - at work benches. We had arrived at Eastleigh Men’s
A warm welcome awaited us with coffee and biscuits immediately offered by Brian and Andi. Admittedly it was an invitation to make our own coffee – so as not to disturb the workers who were busily manufacturing wooden poppies and crosses
for a commission to commemorate Remembrance Sunday.
A large wooden workshop with a row of benches front and back with another long, wide workbench running all the way down the middle. An air purifier hangs from the ceiling and the hubbub of voices
is broken by the whine of a lathe and scream of a circular saw. My colleague - who was making his first-ever visit to Shed – described the scene before us as ‘organised chaos’, but it is more than that: Eastleigh Men’s Shed is
a busy, working workshop where every activity has its place and where Shedders know where everything is. Some of the workspaces are cluttered, but only with the necessary tools and the debris of the job in-hand.
The work-benches, of course, were
made by the Shedders themselves with old fire doors making sturdy work-tops. The Shed was also built by the Shedders on the concrete platform of a former hut which had housed some of the 40,000 servicemen stationed there in 1944 in the run-up to D-Day.
At the end of the morning shift the “lunch-bell rang” - or so it seemed - as everyone instinctively knew when to clear up for lunch. Out came the industrial vacuum to suck up all the sawdust; the dust-pans and brushes to sweep the benches
and floors; and the tools put back into neat rows on their shelves!
Eastleigh Men’s Shed – a great place to spend time….if you can find it in the deep dark woods!
Health & Safety
Tips for Sheds
- Fire Extinguishers – in-date, serviced and located under a sign which points clearly to them?
- First Aid Boxes – in-date, full of all
the right stuff, clearly visible and easily accessible?
- Health and Safety Policy – read by all of your Shedders with printed copies available in the Shed?
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In case of confusion, we insure lots of Sheds, but we are not in any way associated with the UK Men’s Sheds Association,
though we’d quite like to be……….
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in England and Wales - Company Number 11662181 and is Authorised and Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FRN 829601).