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Learn the Drums, or Come & Play
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As you will see from our Events Calendar, we will be receiving a visit from Alison Clement (Public Health Wales  ) on the 19th July. This is the information she has sent me. If you know of anyone who would be interested invite them along.   

When others were in our workshop, fabric engineering was taking place upstairs. John Gates is seen preparing the men in sewing techniques, ready for us to make our own waistcoats. John teaches at the local adult education centre.

Games Jamboree

Wednesday 23rd May, what a great night. Everyone said how much they enjoyed themselves. Chris the chair from the Caerau Shed wrote to ask when is the next one. Other that the curling game all the other games were made in or small wood working room by or members. 14 turned up 7 from ShedQuarters and 7 from Caerau.

So we split into 7 pairs to have a go on the games. As well as the curling there was roll-a-ball, bounce-a-ball, two games of shove-ha'penny (but because of inflation it was shove-two-pence). two marble alleys and skittles.

The winner of each game was given a voucher. With a prize (four cans of beer) going to the person with the most vouchers at the end of the night.

The night ended well as there was a draw for the prize one member from each shed. Colin from ShedQuarters and Paul from Caerau Men's Shed shared the prize and went home with a couple of cans of beer each.

We received a very nice thank you card and donation of £50 from the Village Association of Top Llangynwyd. They were very grateful that a bench in the village has been (in their words) so splendidly restored, and it was a pleasure to see it being used again.

I would like to thank Alan, David and Garfield for carrying out the work. 

The association was so pleased with the restoration that they have taken a photograph of it to send to the local Gazette newspaper and will be attaching a plaque on the bench to say that it was restored by the Maesteg Shedquarters

Days at our Shed....

While members were producing in the workshop, Les was teaching in the music room, after he had prepared a superb shepherd's pie for us all. Thanks Les it was Yummy.

Last week several of our members voted to have a go at fabric manipulation and engineering. I won’t call it dressmaking because I don’t think of it that way. If someone wants to make dresses I won’t stop them or judge them, I have made several. It is about time that men made clothes that they want in the style they want and in the colours and materials that they want.

If you look into any clothes shop or catalogue there is loads of choice of smart designs and bright colours for women but there is always that small dark corner, usually at the back of the store. Where the clothes, would not look out of place in a muddy field. Because that is the colour of them, in very few choices of style.

There are places in the world where men dress in smart colourful clothes. Why can’t the men in Wales dress just as smart. We don’t all wear mufflers and cheese-cutter caps and yorks. Can you remember what yorks are?

Learn a new skill. Learn how to turn a two dimensional cloth into a three dimensional article that fits you and shows your personality.

Remember that it is the PeaCock that has the brightest feathers.        

 

During Steve's talk on Depression he spoke about Mindfulness as a means to overcome Depression and Stress. Afterward we asked for more information on Mindfulness.

He arranged for his colleagues Emma, Clair and Kate to come and give us a talk on the subject. The ladies used two diagrams to illustrate the talk. One was what they called the "Jelly Man". They drew a picture of a man on the whiteboard to describe how depression or stress can affect the various parts of the body. Starting at the head with headaches, Heart palpitations and shortness of breath, Stomach upset, going back and fore to the toilet more often and shaky legs (that is where the jelly man comes in).

The second diagram they drew was of a triangle. Starting at the apex with

Thoughts <>Feelings <> Behaviour

Once your mind starts going around the triangle the faster and faster it seems to go. Our worries build until we can’t cope  As with the fire triangle (Fuel <> heat <> Oxygen), you break the triangle to put the fire out. Break the mind triangle to combat depression and stress.

Mindfulness is our natural ability to be aware of or hold thoughts, feelings, sound, how our body feels and the environment.

Rather than worrying about what has or might happen. When we concentrate on the present we deal with whatever is happening not worrying about what might happen.

We also had a chance to practice Mindfulness by listening to a 10 minute tape helping us to meditate and to concentrate on different parts of our body, our breathing, sounds or images. Using Mindfulness as a way of calming our mind and dealing with depression and stress.

We found it a interesting and pleasant experience