Barnston Shed Opens


The Barnston Shed opened on Monday 30th January 2017

Clive Emmett, CEO of Uttlesford CVS and Susan Hastings-Herbert, Shed Coordinator for West Essex gave a brief talk on ‘Men in Sheds’ projects and the help that they had, in getting the Shed open.

The Barnston Shed had various different funding sources including: The Independence, Choice and Control Fund (ICCF) and a contribution from the Essex Shed Network.

Monks Farm and Rainbow Rural, both located at the site, will be involved in this Shed’s future.

If you are interested in joining please contact Susan on 01371 878400 or email on

Pier Avenue Baptist Church Shed

Minister Sean Fountain & the ‘two Bobs’ at the Pier Avenue Shed location. 

Local Church and community worker Bob said “I hope that the Shed will aid and assist many local and homeless people in the vicinity to gain new skills and confidence, that they can take with them going forward.

The community at Pier Avenue Baptist Church are hoping that their Shed project will be up and running by the Spring and that it will help foster a stronger local community.

Sean Fountain, the Minister, along with others connected to the Pier Avenue Baptist Church visited the Maldon Shed last year, to gain tips and an insight into an active and successful Shed.

The development of the Pier Avenue Baptist Church has been facilitated with help from the Volunteer Centre’s boss David Eniffer. If you are interested in helping or joining the Shed, David can be contacted on 01255 470847 (Office) or by e-mail:

Hardie Park meet on Friday 13th!

A new Men in Sheds project at Hardie Park – Stanford le Hope, has held it’s first Shed meeting. Bravely meeting on Friday the 13th of January, people from the local community met to discuss what activities their Shed might offer.

Local community worker Rob Groves was very up beat on the benefits a Shed might bring to the local community. He commented “With our Hardie Park cafe doing so well, there have been plenty of people expressing an interest in joining and helping with the Shed project. As we already have volunteers at Hardie Park and a spare freight container on site, we hope to have our Shed up and running by the Spring.”

Founder of the Rayleigh Shed – John Youell & Shed Coordinator Hamish Macdiarmid visited Hardie Park at the end of last year and gave a short presentation and Q&A on Sheds.

If you are interested in joining the Hardie Park Shed or visiting the Park Cafe, please call  07803 295374 or visit Hardie Rd, Stanford-le-Hope,Essex, SS17 0PB.