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Wymondham Carnival refreshments for church projects 

Alive Church, Wymondham will be serving refreshments at the Wymondham Carnival on Sunday to raise money for The Shed, their new creative and practical project for men and Butterflies, their fortnightly sessions for women.

On Sunday, July 23 Alive Church, Wymondham will spend the afternoon in Wymondham Central Hall serving tea, coffee and cake to those enjoying the Wymondham Carnival.
As well as a desire to serve the Carnival and the local community, the church is seeking to raise funds for two of their innovative church projects aimed at engaging, serving and supporting men and women in the town.

The Shed is a new project that aims to provide a place where men can come and get involved in practical activities.  Alive Church is currently renovating a derelict building on Ayton Road, that will be called The ARC (Alive Resource Centre) to house the project and is aiming to finish in September.

Pastor Barry Rooks of Alive Church, Wymondham explains the premise of The Shed, an initiative that started in Australia and is spreading across the UK.  He said: “The idea, in general, is that women tend to relate better face-to-face; men relate better shoulder-to-shoulder. So if men are actually doing a task, working beside each other, they are more likely to talk and open up about things they are struggling with.” 

As well as helping men talk, the process of learning to make things, some of which can be sold to the public, leads to greater self-esteem and confidence.

“I got the idea for The Shed initially because I saw so many aimless men walking around the town, and I thought: ‘what is there for these men to do?’ There is nowhere for them to go like that.”

Barry said: “We will have lots of tools set out, lots of workstations and men will be able to come and pretty much do anything that you can do with your hands from woodworking, to working on cars, to painting, to woodturning, working on computers, anything of a practical nature. Men can come and work on their own, or with others.  There will be free membership and we will run classes.” 

Alive Church will also be raising money at the Carnival for Butterflies, a group for women which meets fortnightly on a Thursday morning at Fairland Church Centre in Wymondham. The free group is for any woman who would like friendship and support or just some 'me time' to unwind relax, chat and make new friends.

At Butterflies you can experience a little 'at home' style pampering with nail painting or a relaxing hand massage. There are craft activities including jewellery making, card making, colouring, knitting, crochet and a sewing machine for bigger projects. They will also keep you topped up with great coffee, tea and cake. Butterflies is also equipped to signpost anyone looking for a bit more support to other organisations able to offer more specialist help.

The Wymondham Carnival starts at 11am and will include a parade of floats, based on the theme of children’s books, live music, a fun fair and stalls.  Alive Church will be serving refreshments from 2pm - 6pm.
To find out more about The Shed, Wymondham and Butterflies please click on the links.

volunteers work on renovating building on Ayton Road to house The Shed

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