News from the Saffron Walden Community Shed
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. Over fifty people came along to hear about our project and to take a look a round 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 support 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 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 Wladen.
If you are shoppimg 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.