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 have recently been given use of the Old Granary, Home Farm, Audley End for our workshop. We have received funding to equip our workshop 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, along with numerous other projects for different charities, organisations and individuals.
Another aspect of our work is recycling. We make every effort to use as much recycled wood as we can in all the items that we make. We have a large woodstore where we have a collection of secondhand wood donated by individuals and local companies.
We open Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. If you would like to get involved, then contact us.