Posted on 22nd November 2017
Members of Burgess Hill Shed are celebrating the achievement of two key milestones after completing the first year of operation and meeting their target of 50 members.
During the past year, members have worked hard to build a well-equipped workshop, made and repaired equipment for other charities, groups and people in the community, made and sold woodcraft products, held two open days for public awareness and attended several fayres and village days. It has been a very busy year for BH-Shed and its band of part-time volunteer members.
A registered charity, BH-Shed operates a community space in Burgess Hill for people to engage in activities and projects to enhance learning and well-being. The well-equipped workshop in Burgess Hill provides wonderful opportunities for members of any age within our community to get involved in meaningful activities – ones that can make a real difference to themselves and their community. The workshop welcomes anyone needing space and equipment to undertake their own projects and hobbies and is able to accommodate people with mobility problems.
BH-Shed is seeking to grow membership further by introducing more facilities to help younger people engage with science, technology, engineering and maths through action.
Over the next year, BH-Shed plans to incorporate more art and craft activities, including a new potters’ studio, and a Makerlab is being developed to provide opportunities for creativity and engagement with new technologies. Altogether, this will provide a really great combination of activities for enhancing well-being across all ages.
"As MP for Mid Sussex I believe passionately in the importance of a vibrant local business community in order to create and sustain fantastic opportunities that enable people to meet their responsibilities, prosper and fulfil their potential. I am committed to collaborating with BHBPA and others to be an effective collective voice for Burgess Hill."
"I am delighted to have a long-standing relationship with the BHBPA. Since its foundation the Association has gone from strength to strength and there is no doubt that it has brought huge benefits to its members and the business community as a whole through the partnerships it has formed with the local authorities, Sussex Police and local organisations. It is paramount that Burgess Hill businesses have an effective collective voice."
"“I have belonged to this group since I started my own business, Lea Graham Associates, in 1986. The association has been through several incarnations since then, but its most recent one, BHBPA, is by far the best.
It’s much more than just a networking group, although it is supremely good at that too. BHBPA is inclusive and friendly and acts like a mutual-support society. The events are stimulating, worthwhile and often great fun and I believe most members share this opinion.”"
"The BHBPA is a fantastic hub for our business community to get together and catch up, discuss important local issues and connect new and interesting enterprises."