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What is The Pit stop?

The Pit Stop brings men together through a variety of activities to build social connection, friendship and a sense of belonging. We do not charge entry fees and we ask few questions.

Do take our word for it, come and try it for yourself.

Sessions are held in Norwich, Kings Lynn, Cromer, Great Yarmouth, Dereham and North Walsham, see the column on the right for locations and times.

We also welcome new ideas for future development, so if you’re interested in developing activities – let us know.

For Norwich contact Colin Howey on 07784 307970 or email colin@menscraft.org.uk for more information.

For Great Yarmouth and Waveney contact Nick Buck via email nick@menscraft.org.uk for more information.

 

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Regular Activities include:

Art
Charles Ison is a self taught artist using water colours, pencils and acrylics. Simple techniques for the beginner and practiced alike.

Whittling
Graeme Malone is experienced in the ancient craft of whittling: using carving knives and axes to work freshly cut green wood. Graeme will show you how to use these tools safely and effectively and everybody gets the hang of it by the end of their first session.

Film Night
A number of men spend an evening a month together with a film at a local cinema followed by a drink afterwards. If interested please contact: ed@menscraft.org.uk

Board Games
Once a month we have an evening of Board Games at the centre – we have a whole variety of different games to choose from. For future dates contact: ed@menscraft.org.uk

Model Making
Mike Stopp has been making models from kits for over 20 years. Mike’s happy to help someone get started or to natter with the regulars around the modelling table. Making models can be very therapeutic and satisfying.

Money Advice
Rick from Equal Lives comes once a month to provide 1-to-1 advice on budgeting, investments and benefits.

IT – computers & phones
Once a month the Digital Inclusion Project provides us with a volunteer to help with computing or social media issues.

Health
Each month we have a health professional visit to give a talk or offer advice on different health issues.

We also offer other activities every session including games such as chess, backgammon, cards, dominoes, and scrabble. There’s also 1-to-1 advice on topics like health, money and computing.

Pit Stop Active

Heritage Walks
Led by local historians or naturalists we gain some gentle exercise whilst visiting various places of interest around the city.

Movement & Yoga
Cat Westwood runs a 90 minute class of simple yet effective movement exercises from her yoga, dance and shiatsu practice. Accessible for all and no prior experience needed. Enables more supple body movement, relaxes the mind.

Park Run
Join us and others at Park Runs on a Saturday at 9am. “I thought I was going to die, but I did it. I thought I was having a heart attack but it was only a stitch!”.

Parkrun is a fun, free event organised by volunteers for the benefit of everyone.

Examples of Pit Stop Courses

Joy of Food is a free cookery course for men with no previous experience or skills, through to the more experienced who wish to improve. Booking required.

Healthy Habits for the Head. A chance to do some maintenance work on our mental health, this course explores the Five Ways to Wellbeing: five evidence-based ‘actions’ that us chaps can all take to improve our personal wellbeing.

Building a Better Relationship with Money. A four week course looking how to manage our money better.

Online activities

We offer some activities via Zoom for check-in, informal conversation, and discussion.  Our Pit Stop online sessions are open to men anywhere in the county.

Quiz
Fridays 2-3pm

Email us for a link to join.

THE BLOG

Visit The Pit Stop blog

Pit stop locations

Cromer

Thursday 10.30 to 11.30am
Merchant's Place, Church Street, Cromer NR27 9ES

For further information contact

Crystal Kent (local host) crystal@menscraft.org.uk

mobile 07704 428872

Dereham

Tuesday 3 to 5pm
Dereham Memorial Hall, 62A Norwich Street, Dereham, NR19 1AD

For further information contact

Ben Holland-Smith (Local host) ben@menscraft.org.uk

mobile 07864 697718

Great Yarmouth

Friday 12 to 2pm
St George's Theatre Café, King Street, NR30 2PG

Lowestoft

Thursdays 2 - 4pm (Opens 28th April)
Re-Utilise, Unit 2,
Whapload Rd, Lowestoft, NR32 1UL.

For further information contact

nick@menscraft.org.uk

mobile 07542 587209

King's Lynn

Friday 11am to 1pm
The Connection Project, 28 Bridge Street, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 5AB

For further information contact Sarah Hayman

sarah@menscraft.org.uk mobile 07895 272237

North Walsham

Friday 2 to 4pm
Salvation Army Hall, Hall Lane, North Walsham, NR28 9DT

For further information contact

Crystal Kent (local host) crystal@menscraft.org.uk

mobile 07704 428872

Norwich

Tuesday 2 to 4pm
Men's Centre, 47-51 Pitt Street, Norwich, NR3 1DE

For further information contact Colin Howey on colin@menscraft.org.uk

mobile 07784 307970 

Wymondham

Thursdays 3 to 5pm (starts lat April 2022)
The Shed, 46-60 Ayton Road, Wymondham NR18 0QH.

Contact Ben Holland-Smith ben@menscraft.org.uk
mobile 07864 697718