Grab your spade and gardening gloves, as a new community project is set to launch.

A new Bridport Community Shed will be up and running from Thursday, June 14 at Othona near Burton Bradstock.

The aim of the shed is to be a space where people can come together to take part in practical skills and crafts.

Sessions have been designed and will be run by the members, providing opportunities for people to share skills, create, learn and develop social networks.

Activities will often involve traditional crafts such as joinery, furniture renovation, metal work and bike repair, but each activity will meet the interests of members.

Recycling and repurposing will also play a major role in the activities on offer.

The shed is the first in Bridport, with the nearest ones currently in Dorchester and Portland.

Ed Brand, chair of the project, came up with the idea after moving to Bridport from Corsham, Wiltshire.

Ed said: "I was involved in setting up the shed in Corsham, and when I saw there wasn't one in Bridport, I thought I would set one up.

"We spent a few months getting organised and are now ready to test the water by opening at pop-up shed at Othana, near Burton Bradstock.

"Please come along and tell us your ideas for a local shed, help with sorting tools and developing a temporary workshop, and have a cup of tea.

"Community sheds are spreading across the country and we want to get one up and running in Bridport.

"We are supported in this aim by a number of organisations including the Royal Voluntary Service, Dorset POPP, Othona, Magna Housing, Bridport Local Area Partnership and LiveWell-Dorset."

Sessions will take place every Thursday morning from Thursday, June 14, from 10am until 12.30pm.

After the trial period, the team of volunteers will continue working within the community.

Ed said: "After our time at Othana we will be running some workshops across the Bridport area, more details to follow.

"In the long-term, we are looking for longer-term accommodation for a community shed in Bridport, any suggestions are very welcome.

"We want a space to call our own, where we can set up workbenches, somewhere for tool storage and a workshop which can be used day-in, day-out ."

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