Shed Inside launches at MOAT Foundation Community Hub in Fullbridge Mill, Maldon

Maldon Shedder Bob De Vries demonstrating pyrography at the Shed Inside Launch

We are pleased to announce that another Shed Inside has launched in Essex! The Essex Shed Network have partnered with MOAT Foundation to offer sessions at their Community Hub in Fullbridge Mill, Maldon every Tuesday between 10am and 12pm.

The launch took place on Tuesday 21st May and was attended by men interested to see what Shed Inside could offer. Also present was Maldon West Councillor, Mark Heard – who we must point out is not being arrested in the photo above, rather he is in conversation with two local PCSO’s who also came to the launch to find out more about Shed Inside!

Shed Inside offers a distilled version of Men’s Sheds- a space for projects, community involvement, company and conversation over a cuppa- but without the large power tools and the health and safety restrictions that they can bring.

Three regular Shedders were on hand to chat about Sheds and demonstrate the kinds of projects that Shed Insiders could engage with, including pyrography (artful wood burning with a soldering iron-like tool) which proved popular and will be available at Shed Inside sessions at Fullbridge Mill for the next few weeks, supervised by Maldon Shedder Bob De Vries.

If you would like to see a Shed Inside near you, please get in touch with Tracey Hall to discuss how Essex Shed Network can help.

Saffron Walden Community Shed Officially Open!

Saffron Walden Community Shed had it’s official launch on Saturday 4th May.

It was a bright, sunny morning and over 50 people came along to see the ribbon cut by Clive Emmett of Essex Shed Network and Mike Watts, SWCS Lead, before enjoying tea, cake and tours of the Shed and the historic St Marks College.

Whilst getting ready for their official launch, the SWCS Shedders have already been busy building bird boxes and planters for Saffron Walden Museum, refurbishing play equipment for a local nursery and making new targets for an archery range at St Marks College!

The Shed will be open 9am until 12pm every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Please email any enquiries to admin@swshed.org.uk

A Shed for Colchester?


An exciting opportunity is available for a Men’s Shed at a location between Langham and Boxted villages in Colchester. The potential Shed is a spacious barn that has been generously offered to the Essex Shed Network for conversion into a Men’s Shed!

We will be hosting an informative evening at Boxted Village Hall, Wednesday 22nd May at 7pm.

The evening will be a chance for the community and local men to quiz us about Men’s Sheds, who we are and how we support Shed projects and the potential Colchester Shed itself. We also hope to have a couple of Shedders from existing Sheds available to explain more about what activities they enjoy at Sheds, and the benefits they have gained from being members of a Shed.

Refreshments will be available and all are welcome to attend that are interested in finding out more.

Shed Inside launching at Fullbridge Mill, Maldon

Shed Inside will be arriving in community hubs across Essex in 2019

Following the introduction of Shed Inside sessions at the Ideas Hub in Chelmsford Library, we are pleased to announce that we have now partnered with MOAT Foundation to offer the same at their Fullbridge Mill Community Hub in Maldon.

The official launch date is Tuesday 21st May, so anyone who is interested is welcome to come down between 10am and 12pm to find out more over tea/coffee. The sessions will be run weekly on a Tuesday between 10am and 12pm and will offer men a safe space to engage in practical projects and talk ‘shoulder to shoulder’- just like the Shedders do in full-blown Sheds- but in a comfortable, accessible environment that avoids the use of major tools.

The MOAT Community Hub at Fullbridge Mill is a light and welcoming space that includes an IT suite as well as a large table for working on projects, plus a comfy seating area with riverside views. The location is 5 minutes from a bus stop (outside Tesco) and the building itself has wheel chair access and a lift.

For more info about the launch and Shed Inside at Fullbridge Mill please contact Nicola Syder of MOAT Foundation. If you would like to start a Shed Inside at a community hub near you then get in touch with Tracey Hall at Essex Shed Network

Men’s Sheds ‘Inspiring Essex’

Essex County Council filmed Chelmsford Men’s Shed as part of their Future of Essex series showcasing community initiatives from across the county. It’s a great series of films about the initiatives that are out there and the people who work hard to maintain them. The full series is available to view on the Inspiring Essex page of The Essex Map website.

Sarah Troop Laskar of Essex Shed Network provided dialogue for the Men’s Shed film which featured the Chelmsford Shedders and Peter Brooks of Chelmsford CVS (custodians of the Chelmsford Shed project).

Chelmsford Shed are currently over-subscribed and desperately need extra volunteers to supervise additional sessions. So if you watch the video and want to get involved please drop us a line and we’ll pass your details along.

ESN partners shortlisted for NAVCA Awards 2019

Essex Shed Network partners Maldon and District CVS and CVS Uttlesford were this week shortlisted for an award in the inaugural NAVCA awards, recognising the contribution of voluntary sector infrastructure across the country.

The nomination,which was received in the Collaboration and Partnership category, was in recognition of the strong partnership work that had taken place between MDCVS and CVSU to set up the Essex Shed Network and procure three year funding from the National Lottery for the development and expansion of Men in Shed projects across the county.

MDCVS Director Sarah Troop said “I’m immensely proud that Maldon and District CVS and CVS Uttlesford were shortlisted in this category. The fellow nominees are all so impressive so to be recognised alongside them is a great achievement for our small teams”

CVSU Chief Exec Clive Emmett said  “I was extremely pleased to have been shortlisted for these new NAVCA awards and count ourselves privilaged to reach the point we did in the process considering the strong field. I am also very pleased that it was in partnership with our colleagues at Maldon CVS, an organisation we find it very easy to work with collaboratively.”

Read more about the awards, winners and other shortlisted organisations here https://navca.org.uk/navca-awards-winners 

New Members of the Essex Shed Network Team

We are pleased to welcome on board Tracey Hall, Outreach Officer and Matt Hume, Shed Development Officer. Both Tracey and Matt will be helping to support existing Sheds whilst working hard to establish new Men’s Sheds and Shed Inside projects across the county.

Tracey has worked in the charity and voluntary sector for 15 years, starting as a PTA committee member and school governor before going on to become the Royal British Legions Community Fundraiser and Volunteer Manager for Essex. More recently Tracey worked at Anglia Ruskin Universities Students’ Union as their Volunteer coordinator.

A large part of Tracey’s role at Essex Shed Network will be applying her experience to developing Shed Inside projects. Shed Inside was developed for people unable to attend a Men’s Shed for health or mobility reasons. A Shed Inside offers smaller projects and games whilst still offering the social interaction and peer support that are so fundamental to Men’s Sheds. And that’s something which Tracey is keen for all members of the community to have access to-

“I am very excited to start taking the Shed Inside concept to the next level and introduce it to new partners – community hubs such as libraries and hospices are perfect venues for hosting Shed Inside sessions”

Matt has have been involved with local Government work since January 2016 working at Plume Academy’s Special Educational Needs Department and more recently for Maldon District Council as a Community Protection Officer.

“I love meeting new people, travelling and helping local communities. I play a number of instruments in my spare time, hold a BA(Hons) in Music Production and I’m an amateur calligrapher”

Like many Shedders Matt holds more than one string to his bow! His energy and drive will be an asset in ensuring that new Sheds receive all the help, guidance or support they need to get off the ground and be successful.

tracey@essexshednetwork.co.uk or 07935 216806

matt@essexshednetwork.co.uk or 07935 216808

Potential Funding Opportunity for Sheds

The Calor Rural Community fund offers rural off grid communities the chance to win funding for projects that will improve local life.

Projects with a value of up to £10,000 will be eligible to apply for a funding grant between £1,000 and £5,000 to support their chosen project. Projects supported by the Fund may include for example adult learning classes, new furniture for the village hall, or providing new equipment for youth clubs and other similar groups.

Applications for funding are divided into three categories: £1,000, £2,500 and £5,000 and winners from each category are carefully selected following a three stage process:

  1. Organisations must first submit a proposal application and which will be screened by Calor to check that it has met the eligibility criteria,
  2. The general public will vote for the application that they would like to see win a grant. Applications with the highest number of votes from each grant category at the end of the voting period will be deemed as finalists, and
  3. The winners from each grant category will selected by an independent panel of judges with the highest score based on a number of criteria.

Eligibility criteria:

  • has been in existence for a minimum of 6 months;
  • is a not-for-profit organisation;
  • exists for the benefit of the wider community and not the individual;
  • operates on a non-discriminatory basis (i.e. not to discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by law,)
  • is non-politicalproject must be capable of completion within 12 months of the date of the grant if successful;
  • be carried out in the UK for the benefit of an off-grid rural community in England, Scotland or Wales

Applications to receive a grant for a project will start on 5 March 2019.

Entrants must register their details www.calor.co.uk/communityfund   

Barnston Shed Drop-In Event

Barnston Shed Logo

Following some improvement works to make it more comfortable, Barnston Shed is re-opening and to celebrate we are holding a ‘drop-in’ day with tea, coffee and cake on Saturday 2nd March between 10am and 1pm.

The Barnston Shed is in a wonderful rural location not far from Barnston village. It’s a fully equipped Shed and ready to be used, so if you are interested in joining Barnston Shed – or would like to find out more – then please just turn up on the day!

Parking is available on site, location here – https://goo.gl/maps/BNDeNRXyB9U2 . Look out for signs as you turn onto High Easter Road from the B1008 in Barnston.

If you’d like further information please contact us at esn@maldoncvs.org.uk

Sheds on the Airwaves

Sheds have been featured on two different BBC Essex Radio Shows recently;  Dave Monk’s Drivetime Show on 14th February and BBC Essex Quest on Sunday 17th February.

The Dave Monk interview with Maldon Shedder Steve Troop was a very open and honest account of a man hit rocking bottom, before starting on the road to recovery and how attending a Men’s Shed contributed to that.

Dave Monk Interview

Also, Clive Emmett, CEO of CVS Uttlesford and partner in the Essex Shed Network, gave further information and insight about Shed projects over a phone interview.

The full interview can be listened to here starting at 2hrs and 8mins in

Following the launch of Harlow Shed and the attention it gained locally and on social media, BBC Essex Radio got in touch with ESN to ask if Harlow Shed could be part of  Essex Quest- a treasure hunt show where presenters are directed to different locations by solving clues.

Essex Quest @ HarlowSo it was that Harlow Shed became a part of the show on Sunday 17th February and founding Shedder Martin Wedgwood was there to meet the presenters along with Clive Emmett (again!). As well as giving the frantic Essex Quest team their next clue, Martin and Clive gave an interview about Harlow Shed and what Sheds are all about, if you’d like to hear this then click here, the Shed features from around 1hr 37mins.