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.
"This association was started with a lot of effort from a few local businessmen and has proved to be a very powerful and useful tool for our business. The BHBPA has influence at the top level; when action is needed, the BHBPA gets it done. We are kept in touch with all that is happening on our doorstep and will often act because of what is published in the weekly emails / newsletters."
"Since joining BHBPA we have found it to be a dynamic and vibrant members’ organisation, with excellent, regular and informative meetings.
Peter Liddell does a first class job in ensuring that members’ interests are aired and addressed.
"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."
"“Sutton Winson have been members of the BHBPA for around 7 years. We have found it a great way to keep in touch with Burgess Hill businesses and to meet with likeminded people. It’s not just another “networking” group, as it tackles the real issues and gets things done”"