Boat shed that withstood world wars to reopen as community Men’s Shed

The iconic Boat Shed on Victoria Road in Mablethorpe is set to reopen later this year as a Men’s Shed for use by the community.

East Lindsey District Council have secured the lease from Mablethorpe and Sutton Town Council and £17,986 from Ørsted’s East Coast Community Fund to enable a number of major works to take place.

Funding of £4,796 from the Coastal Community Challenge is also helping towards the crucial repairs and improvements that include new windows, extensive brickwork repair, a new boiler system and decoration throughout.

The Boatshed began its life as just that, the shed that the lifeboat was housed in. It was built and opened in September 1900. Since then it has weathered 2 wars, the East Coast floods of 1953 and seen Mablethorpe develop from a small rural village into a family holiday resort.

More recently it has been used for various community events until it closed its doors two years ago.

When it reopens again in April this year as one of over 500 Men’s Shed throughout the country, it will serve as a community hub for both men and women of all ages to learn new skills and form friendships, helping to reduce loneliness and isolation.

Portfolio Holder for Finance, Councillor Richard Fry, said: “We’re delighted to be involved in bringing the Boat Shed back into use to benefit the community for years to come and safeguarding its future.”

“There has been a lot of local support for this project and we thought it important to repay that by helping to establish the Boat Shed as a real asset for the community. I’d also like to pass on our thanks to Ørsted’s East Coast Community Fund and the Coastal Community Challenge for agreeing to help fund the project.”

The Men’s Shed will be open 9am until 12noon on a Monday, and Wednesday through to Saturday, there’s no need to book, anyone over 18 can turn up.