9th Aug, 2020

Closure threat: Redditch Community Shed has one month to find new home

Harry Leach 19th Jun, 2020

THE race is on for members of Redditch Community Shed to find new premises for the charity or else face permanent closure.

The Shed has operated for many years at a small unit in the Old Needle Works on Britten Street.

But due to the long-term impact of Covid-19 – and subsequent social distancing rules – the current HQ is too small for 20-plus members and it is unsafe to restart the group’s activities.

Prior to lockdown it offered a friendly setting for users to hone their existing skills by working alongside each other on various community projects.

Community Shed founder, Roly Duke, has continued to fork out £250 in rent each month and more than £1,000 overall since lockdown began.

He said: “I cannot continue to throw money at the wall so I’ve handed in our one-month’s notice and asked the landlord to terminate our lease.

“We’re looking for a bigger venue so the group can continue its activities but at a reasonable price.

“I don’t mind paying more than £250 as long as it’s big enough for all of our members.”

The Community Shed is partially funded by the National Lottery as well as local businesses.

If you would like to offer your support in helping find the group a new suitable venue, contact Roly by calling 07980 374617.

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