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.
"“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 the most effective and dynamic business organisation I have ever worked with in over 30 years in Local Government. It has a very active and large membership whose points of view are taken seriously by all government structures. Peter Liddell does an excellent job in providing unique and enjoyable networking opportunities where members interact and discuss points of mutual interest. It provides a forum for businesses to discuss common issues, to share experiences and to play a powerful and meaningful role in the Burgess Hill community. The BHBPA provides important and credible support for all its members and ensures that their best interests are represented where necessary. "
"“I can’t speak highly enough of the BHBPA. As a small local business we feel very much part of a community and thoroughly enjoy the annual exhibition and meetings throughout the year. Over the years we have built fantastic working relationships with many BHBPA members and every meeting and event offers us opportunities to work with more. This is networking at its best! ” "
"As the local hospice for the area, it’s great that we receive so much support from the BHBPA. Last year the members raised an amazing £2150 through activities such as Bake Off and the BHBiz Awards. Each well planned members meeting enables good networking opportunities and speakers that are relevant to the present climate and local issues. We are proud to be members of BHBPA."