The Saffron Walden Community Shed is part of a national group of sheds supported by the UK Mens Shed Association. It’s aim is to bring together both men and women (despite the name) who enjoy working in sheds, doing odd jobs of any description and spending time together.
We are a small group of local people that have set up a workshop where people can meet socially and work together on small practical projects, mending, making, or pursue crafts and hobbies. Our shed is principally aimed at those who are retired, unemployed or are unwell, have time to spare and are looking for somewhere to meet and make friends.
We call it a shed but we are very fortunate to use the River Barn at St Marks College Audley End for our workshop. Built in 2006 the River Barn is a warm and comfortable space with toilet facilities, and an area for tea and coffee making. We have received funding to equip the shed with a good range of woodworking equipment, power tools and hand tools and have members with a range of skills who can help with training and advice on the use of the equipment.
As well as our members carrying out their own projects we take on various jobs to support the local community. We have worked with Saffron Walden museum to manufacture bird boxes, bug boxes and planters for a project they ran for young people and have built several items for them around the museum. We have made trollies for the Saffron Walden Food Bank and are currently working with the cubs to support them in their DIY badge. Along with numerous other projects for different charities, organisations and individuals.
Locally our Shed is being supported by the Council for Voluntary Service Uttlesford (CVSU) and by the Essex Shed Network.
We normally open Monday to Friday mornings from 9am to 1pm. Although we are currently shut due to the Covid Lockdwn. If you would like to get involved then contact us.
One of our first pieces of donated equipment is a Pole Lathe. So if you are interested in green wood working and want to learn about wood turning the old fashioned way then contact us. We now also have an electric lathe which is much easier to use and a number of our team are experienced in wood turning and would be happy to give some lessons in wood turning.