The Men’s Shed was pleased to receive a request from the Alresford Town Council for help in refurbishing the Town Map, situated outside the Barclays Bank building, on the alleyway up to the Church. No-one knew who owned this map display, drawn from an original A E Wade print in the 1950s. So no-one took responsibility for repairing areas of wood on the housing that had decayed, and for scraping and repainting the framework.
The Men’s Shed were pleased to do this, in time for the Watercress Festival: it turned out that one of the Shed members is the son of the guy who built the original wooden frame, as his first job when joining Wild Brothers the builders, way back in the 50s we think. At least the map looked smart for the Watercress event, which is more than could be said for the Barclays Bank Building itself! Maybe the Men’s Shed could move in there?