A GROUP of shed enthusiasts that challenge isolation and loneliness through construction projects are inviting people to visit their newest workshop on Thursday.

Men in Sheds Lancing and Sompting have refurbished a barn from the 1830s to be used as a workshop for their community projects, and are encouraging anyone to come for a visit on August 12 between 10am and 12pm.

The barn, which is a heritage site located in Manor Park, has been refurbished from a semi-derelict state to now be used as a workshop and meeting space.

The Argus: Men in Shed's barn in Manor Park (cc: Andy Brook)Men in Shed's barn in Manor Park (cc: Andy Brook)

It used to belong to the Manor Estate and was once used as a stable for horses.

Andy Brook, chair of the group, said anyone is welcome to the open day at Manor Park on Thursday.

He said: “The main purpose is to challenge isolation and loneliness. Our sheds we regard as being safe spaces. That’s where people can come and chat, and if they really want to get involved with tools, they can.”

The charity involve members, also known as "shedders", with various craft projects in the local area such as building planters or restoring memorial benches.

He added: “Our work includes projects for schools, sheltered housing and places like that. There is no funding for these things.”

All the wood used by the group is donated by local tradespeople or passed on by locals.

The Argus: Men in Sheds planter

Mr Brook added: “We are challenging isolation by using conversations, by using skills and going out and doing things like that.”

Despite the name, the group welcomes both men and women to come and join their projects.

He added: “We are looking for new shedders. We are inviting people to come along and have a look at the barn.”

If you are interested in attending the open day and coming along for a cup of tea, you can find the group with the details below:

BN15 0PW, The Barn and Garage, The Street, Manor Park, Lancing.

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