£1,000 available for local projects

A new fund from Recycle for Essex has been launched that might be of interest to Essex Sheds. The Essex Community Reuse Fund wants to support local projects that

  • Inspire people and communities to be creative and sustainable with their waste
  • Provide skills and opportunities to build an environmentally sustainable community
  • Make use of recycled, reused or reclaimed materials from the household
  • Reduce the amount of reusable household waste being thrown away

If your shed takes in household waste to refurbish and up-cycle take a look at whether this fund could be for you. They are looking to support local ideas which will inspire people and communities to be creative and sustainable with their household waste and provide skills and opportunities to build an environmentally sustainable community.

Pledges of up to £1,000 match funding are available. Find out more here

Please note: This fund is only available in the Essex County Council area!

The European Woodworking Show

This weekend saw the European Woodworking show take place at Cressing Temple Barns in Essex. The Essex Shed Network hosted a stall and display at the entrance to talk to show goers about Men in Sheds.

Over the weekend Shedders from five Essex Sheds took turns in manning the stall. There was an opportunity to get to know each other and discuss the differences between their sheds but also to talk to hundreds of people about Sheds.

Visitors to the stall included people from Sheds in other parts of the UK and wider keen to know what is happening here in Essex, local people interested in getting involved and tradesmen/skilled craftsman finding out more.

Over the weekend we spoke to hundreds of people with some key contacts being made. Some quotes from the day:

“Pleased I came, I learnt lots about Sheds” 
“Really impressed with the infrastructure for Sheds in Essex”
“I’m looking for somewhere I can keep my hands busy”
“We saw you here last time, great to see the project is doing so well”

Essex Shed Network is hosting a Quiz Night

Quiz night words and fireworks 

The Essex Shed Network, as part of Essex County Council’s Art of the possible festival, is hosting a Quiz night on Monday 30th October at Witham Public Hall.

It is an opportunity to test your quizzing knowledge but also a chance to meet the Essex Shedders. Existing Shed members can network, share their expertise and meet fellow Shedders. Potential Shedders can come along and learn more about Essex Sheds and hopefully get inspired to get involved.

To book a place visit the Art of the possible website

Or for more information please call: 01621 851891

Essex Shed Network prize draw

We are pleased to announce the three winners of our recent prize draw linked to our “Impact of Sheds” survey carried out to help us to demonstrate the value of Men in Shed Projects in Essex.

Thanks go to everyone who took the time to complete the survey, the results of which will be published shortly, and congratulations go to

1st prize = John Campbell (£50 screwfix voucher)
2nd prize = Paul David (£30 marks & spencer voucher)
3rd prize = Paul Stockdale-ward (a selection of  books about sheds)

First Aid Course for Essex Shedders

On Tuesday 5th September a number of Essex Shedders enjoyed a first aid course put on by the Essex Shed Network and facilitated by the British Red Cross.

As well as learning some basic first aid, Shedders enjoyed chatting over lunch to other Shedders of Essex. 

The Red Cross trainer commented “what a lovely group of chaps who participated well… in excellent facilities and a lovely lunch!”

Some of the participants stated that they would be interested in sending their supervisors to a similar event in the future.

New possibility of a Men’s Shed in Jaywick

The Essex Shed Network Coordinator visited the Jaywick Resource Centre on Wednesday 6th September, to see if there is a possibility for a ‘Men in Sheds’ project there.

After a warm welcome and a  lovely lunch, discussions with staff and clients, it is hoped that a talk in the future on sheds, will help develop a fledgling Shed group.

If anyone in Jaywick and the surrounding area has an interest in joining a Mens activity group please contact Hamish on 07714 740642.

Garden Soup event features new Shed

During the Art of the Possible Cressing Temple Barns will be hosting a GardenSOUP event to promote their community activities and raise funds for local projects.

The event will also include an opportunity to see the new Cressing Temple Shed project.

It’s time to get involved on Saturday 21st October, from 11am – 1pm.

For more information and to book your tickets please click here