The newest free festival in town has rocked the grounds of Sandown Airport and delighted hundreds of revellers from the Island and mainland.
‘Isle of Wight Shed Fest’ was the brain child of Lois Prior, Age UK Isle of Wight’s Men in Sheds Co-ordinator, and was designed to be a celebration of the Men in Sheds movement, and to share the achievements of the Island’s Sheds over the last four years.
The event offered a gloriously sunny afternoon of live, local music, stalls, free training, games and refreshments. It also gave festival goers a chance to learn more about Men in Sheds, and meet some of the Shedders from the Island, and across the South Coast.
The event was opened by the Island’s High Sheriff, Geoff Underwood, and nearly 500 revellers were treated to live music from the Newport and Wootton Acoustic Music Sheds, the Boogie Woogie Sisters, Bucket Bluesmen and Guy James Robbers. Free training sessions and information were delivered by Jigsaw Training and Development Services, IWASP (IW Against Scams Partnership), Isle of Wight Prostate Cancer Support Group and the Southern Shed Network, amongst others.
David Walcock, from West Wight Shed commented, “We’ve had a wonderful time today, with lots of enquiries about becoming a member. What’s great about the Shed is that it doesn’t matter what your level of fitness is, or what your skills are, we all learn from each other, and we all do as much as we are able. We’ve got our new Shed now, so we’d love to see some new members join us”.
You can find out more about all of the Men’s Sheds here: Age UK Isle of Wight Men in Sheds