Hornsea Men in Sheds wants you to decorate your door for Easter!
By Bobbi Hadgraft
HORNSEA Men in Sheds is encouraging residents to step into spring by decorating their front doors this Easter.
As reported in the Gazette last week, the community group has lifted lockdown spirits by leaving unpainted cement figures around the town for residents to discover and decorate.
Now, ahead of Easter Sunday on April 4, Men in Sheds is eager for people to celebrate the holiday by dressing up their front doors. Those who submit a photo of their dazzling door will be entered into a draw for the chance to win one of at least eight prizes, courtesy of local businesses.
There are talks ongoing to arrange more prizes to add to the selection. Currently, prizes include vouchers which will be able to be redeemed at local hairdressers and shops which are supporting the project.
Businesses are also getting involved by displaying event posters in their windows to spread awareness.
Susan Graham, known locally as Curly Sue, is one of the trustees at Men in Sheds. Susan and her daughter Toni Marie have already been busy adorning their front door with Easter ornaments. Susan outlined the new community project. She said: “What we want people to do is decorate their doors in an Easter theme and a few of the local businesses have given us prizes.
“Obviously, with lockdown, we can’t physically go round and see all of these places. So, it was suggested that people email pictures of their door and we put entries into a lucky dip.”
Susan explained how the competition is not about being the best, it is about participating. She said: “It doesn’t matter if you go over the top with decorating or whether you put a bunny rabbit in a pot, it’s still classed as an entry, so it enters the lucky dip.
“We want everyone to have a good shot at it. You will notice at Christmas there are certain people who do their house up really good and they’re brilliant, but it’s not about winning, it’s about taking part. We want people to take part and to give people something to do in lockdown.”
WE WANT YOU: Trustees Brian Amherst and Alan Cusworth pose in front of the Shed’s Easter-themed door. Photos by Bobbi Hadgraft
Based on Cliff Road, Men in Sheds offers a space for members to socialise, learn and share their creative knowledge and expertise. One Trustee, Brian Amherst, uses his experience as a former multi-skilled maintenance technician to help others adopt new skills.
Trustee Alan Cusworth told the Gazette of his hopes for the group’s post-pandemic future: “I hope once things return to normal, we have plenty of new members and a lot of activities going on. A lot of it isn’t about what we want people to do, it’s about what people want to make themselves. There is going to be furniture restoration, a sewing group and anything anybody wants to do really.
“We were set up before COVID to support people in isolation. There are a lot of people who are on their own and don’t know what to do with themselves. Even people who are not alone but are retired. We are trying to support as many people as we can.”
Susan Graham added: “It’s not just about making things all the time. Members can pop in and have a coffee. That can take a couple of hours out of someone’s day. I go home afterwards and I’m always a little bit buzzing after being here.
“We are trying to adapt to the COVID situation at the moment. We haven’t had members in, but we are trying to help the community and get people to participate in an interest.”
Photographs of people’s Easter door entries should be emailed to: [email protected] The competition is open to all residents, including holiday-home owners, in Hornsea. The competition will close on Easter Sunday (April 4).
Men in Sheds welcomes and appreciates financial donations or the donation of furniture which can be restored and resold by the group to fund its operations.
To become a member of Hornsea Men in Sheds, or to donate, email: [email protected] For more information, join the ‘Hornsea Men in Sheds’ Facebook group.