Tameside Arts Open Their (Shed) Doors
Wednesday 30th September 2015 10:43 Dukinfield News Posted by Tom Greggan

Tameside Arts opened it’s Dukinfield doors to showcase what the group has to offer.

Tameside Arts ia a user-led, not-for-profit, social enterprise that provides arts-related activities for people with physical or learning disabilities and sensory impairment.

Hosted at the group’s Loxley House base in the town, the action-packed day ran from 10am-2pm and was well attended.

Tameside Art’s Sam Cooke said: “The open day is just about showing off and showing what we do.

“It’s our ten year celebration of Tameside Arts this year and we celebrated that with a show at Denton Community College which was massively attended.

“We incorporated our AGM into the open day at Dukinfield where we show off the activities that we offer.

“It’s been wonderfully attended; more people than we could have hoped for came along.”

SING ALONG: The Manchester Airport Choir treat the open day attendees to a performance.

SING ALONG: The Manchester Airport Choir treat the open day attendees to a performance.

Among other things, the group’s members took part in West African development drumming, Bollywood dancing and were visited by the fire brigade with their sensory fire engine.

They were also treated to a performance from the Manchester Airport Choir. The Mayor and Mayoress of Tameside also paid the group a visit.

The open day at Loxley House also gave the ‘Men in Sheds’ group an opportunity to show off and share what they do. They share the facility with Tameside Arts.

Peter Clark from the group said: “Down at Loxley House we have what’s called ‘The Shed’ which is an ideal environment for any guys over 50 to come down, join us and do a bit of woodwork.

WOOD WORL: Peter Clarke, Eric Roberts and Tony Woods with the Mayor and Mayoress of Tameside

WOOD WORK: Peter Clarke, Eric Roberts and Tony Woods with the Mayor and Mayoress of Tameside

“Some of the guys just come down to have a cup of tea and read the newspaper. It’s more of a social thing really.

“The woodwork is secondary as we just get the guys together who may be feeling a little isolated or who may just want to get out and do something for a day.”

On the day itself, Pete said: “It was superb, everybody’s really been great. We’ve had the fire brigade down, we’ve had the Mayor, so hopefully it can do The Shed and Loxley House a lot of good!”