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Our stall at the Heritage craft day at the Saffron Walden Museum

The members took our pole lathe along to the Heritage Craft day at the Saffron Walden Museum and we demonstrated how wood turning was done in the days before electricity.  We also had a bug box making craft activity for the children.





Enjoying our new tea room

We have now completed our new tea room.  Somewhere warm to meet and drink tea and eat cake!!






Concreting the floor

Our new barn was originally a granary (hence it’s name) and it  had a large hole in the floor where the grain dryer had been.  It took nearly three cubic metres of concrete to fill it up.  We now have a nice flat entrance way into the workshop.





What a difference

Just six weeks of being in our new barn and the progress is amazing.  We have stud walls up which partition off our area of the barn and the first of the work benches going in.





The big clean up

We have a bit of work ahead of us to clean up the barn but many willing hands so hopefully it won’t take too long.





We have new premises

After being told our current site was up for sale, and we would have to move out, we have now found new premises.  We are very thankful for the generous offer, by Audley End Estate, of a lovely old Victorian barn just a short distance from our current premises.  Lots of work ahead to clean it and make it into a workshop, but we are excited by the extra space it will give us.




Our Shed has Reopened

After six months of lockdown the Saffron Walden Community Shed reopened on Monday 7th September.  After a period of careful planning and implementation of a number of changes to our workshop to ensure we meet all the guidelines for social distancing etc we are now back in the shed and have already started making.  As numbers allowed in the workshop are now limited we have increased the number of sessions we run each week to allow all the members to be able to attend one session per week.


Visit by the High Sheriff

We were very pleased to be visited by the High Sheriff of Essex James Bettley and a number of members of Saffron Walden Council as part of Mental Health Awareness week.





Museum Open Evening

The Community Shed were pleased to be able to support the Saffron Walden Museum for their open evening for young people.  Shed members were on hand to help the children build their very own bug boxes.



Shed Opening Event

We held our official opening on Saturday 4th May 2019.  Over fifty people came along to hear about our project and to take a look around our workshop.  Lots of interest in what we are doing both from people interested in joining our shed and local organisations who had projects that they thought the shed members may be able to do for them.  We were pleased to have Clive Emmett cut the ribbon for us and give a short talk about what e shed project is about.  Clive is Chief Executive Officer of the Council for Voluntary Service Uttlesford and a keen supporter of shed projects.



Support us at Tescos

We have been chosen by Tescos as one of the charities they support under their Bags of Help scheme.  During March and April 2019, the public have the chance to vote for three local charities by putting blue coins, available from the tills, in one of three boxes.  The more tokens we get the more they will donate to support the shed project up to a maximum of £4000.  This would help substantially in purchasing some equipment for the shed.  The boxes are situated in the Tesco Express and Radwinter Road store in Saffron Walden.

If you are shopping at Tescos please support us.



Nice clean air

We now have new air filter installed.  This unit runs continuously while we are in the shed filtering the area and removing dust.  We can even programme it to stay on after we leave for a number of hours, so the air is clean ready for our next session.




Our new signs

We have nice new signs pointing the way to our shed courtesy of a donation from local signwriter Alan Drury of adsignsignwriting in Little Chesterford.





Sam welcomes our newest member

Progress on the shed is going well. Benches installed and a new notice board on the wall.  Great to welcome our newest member to the team John, a retired woodwork teacher.  Here we have a picture of Sam welcoming John and comparing beards.




New member initiation

Chris joined us for the first time today and we focused on showing him the most important aspect of being a member of the shed.  Tea and Biscuits!!!  Despite that we got a lot of good work done.





We are making good progress

We are making good progress in getting our shed ready.  We have installed a stud wall to cordon off the area of the barn we have been allocated and installed double doors to allow us to get wood and machinery into the workspace.

The next stage involves a nice new coat of paint for walls and ceiling and then installation of benches and shelving.



PM launches Government’s first loneliness strategy

Loneliness is one of the greatest public health challenges of our time, Theresa May said as she launched the first cross-Government strategy to tackle it.  The Prime Minister confirmed all GPs in England will be able to refer patients experiencing loneliness to community activities and voluntary services by 2023.

This report by the government has a good section on the value of Men,s Shed projects to help support local communities.

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