17th Jun, 2019

Redditch Sheds regular crafts handmade viola for grandson

Ross Crawford 28th Aug, 2018

A TEENAGE musician is the proud owner of a handcrafted viola made by his grandfather at the Redditch Sheds project.

It took Roger Harris months to craft the delicate instrument, working away in the unit run by the Sheds team at The Old Needleworks in Britten House off Britten Street in the town centre.

And it was pitch perfect for his 15-year-old grandson Henry Grant, who now has a beautifully made and unique viola to call his own.

The Sheds project recently heard it had won a £10,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fun and is run by 70-year-old Rolly Duke who has been there since the scheme began under the wing of Age Concern.

When they pulled out Rolly kept it going on his own, doing maintenance at Britten House and desperately applying for grants to keep it afloat.

The Sheds project enables men and women to practice and maintain their skills doing a variety of crafts and then passing those skills on to the younger generation.

Ideas in the pipeline include home maintenance workshops for young couples, basic DIY for men and women as well as crafting things for sale.

“Sheds is a great scheme – it gets people out of the house, gives them a purpose and it’s a good social as well,” said Rolly.

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