ESN Supports new Mens Health Project

The Essex Shed Network is pleased to support a new social initiative aimed at supporting men to get healthy or stay healthy

BLOKES was launched in Maldon on Saturday and is a new social initiative for men in the Maldon District being set up with a wellbeing twist, it looks to encourage guys to get together to make positive changes in their lives  This new group will host monthly headline events and will help guys get together to share interests or to try something new.

Read more about the launch and project on the Maldon and District CVS website

Don’t Just Sit There….. A health event for men

Don’t just sit there is an exciting event taking place just to mark Men’s Health Week 2018.

Taking place on Monday 18th June from 12:30pm the event will feature stand up comedy from John Ryan who addresses the serious business of health in an engaging and amusing way.

Hosted by BBC Essex DJ Ronnie Barbour Don’t Just Sit There looks at the funny side of men’s health whilst offering the opportunity to find out more about local activities to help men get active and stay healthy. The audience will also hear from a professional pop up panel – a series of professionals asked to explain themselves in just four minutes and will also be able to take part in a real warm up event led by James Taylor of Greenfields Housing Association in Braintree.

Being held in the Transition in Chelmsford this free event includes lunch and an opportunity to meet with local charities and groups who provide support to men in Essex.

Find out more and book online at

If you have any questions about this event please contact Hamish on 01621 851891 or email

Behind the scenes at Perrywoods

We at the Essex Shed Network recently had the pleasure of organising a group of Essex Shedders, to take up an invitation from of Perrywoods Garden Centre, for a behind the scenes tour.

The head horticulturalist at Perrywoods, Tanya, led the group through greenhouses, of varying temperatures and points in the growing cycle.She explained the finer points in how they grow their plants and make sure that they are at their best, just as they go into the garden centre for retail.

Tanya was able to answer a multitude of questions with some fascinating answers around controlling pests and animals that visit that shouldn’t including mice, rats, pigeons and hares!

After the tour Shedders from different parts of the County enjoyed a cream tea from the Garden Centres tea rooms and all were able to share stories on setting up Sheds and insights around sheds, gardening and other choice topics!

One of the Shedders present said, “It was good to keep in touch and discuss about shed opportunities”

If you have an idea of an event or place that your Shed might like to visit, please get in touch at or call us 01621 851891.


Shedders Fair

Shedders Fair took place on the 23rd of November in Northampton and was attended by members of the Essex Sheds, including some from Maldon, Cressing Temple Community, ‘Beacon’ Shed Thundersley and West Essex Sheds.

It was a chance for the Shedders to come together and to network and share ideas with likeminded folk from all over the UK.

The Essex shedders were treated to a buffet lunch and a chance to ask questions and learn about how the Shed Network was developed and where it is today. There were several demonstrations of advanced woodworking tools and group sessions were run with information on the future development of the Shed Network nationally.

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Essex Shed Network Quiz

As part of the Essex County Council’s ‘Art of the Possible’ festival, the Essex Shed Network (ESN) facilitated by the Maldon & District CVS, held a Quiz Night on Monday 30th October, at Witham Public Hall. It was a chance for shedders to meet and talk to others and also the opportunity to learn more about the Men in Shed Projects.

There were six teams present who were all competing for the winning prize! Out of these six teams there were five Shed’s represented, including Cressing, Maldon, Thundersley, West Essex and Dengie.

It was a fun evening which received lots of positive feedback. Fellow shedder’s said they found the quiz ‘interesting,’ ‘informative’ and ‘entertaining.’ The winning team were the ‘Famous Five’.

Those who attended agreed that the questions were challenging, yet very organised and well delivered. Overall, it was a great quiz night and a bigger battle of the ‘Shed’s heads’ in the future, is definitely on the cards!

Community project celebrates independence

Shed independece cropped for webRepresentatives from the Maldon Shed were at Maldon District Council Offices last week to celebrate their ‘graduation’ as an independent community group.

The project, which launched three years ago, has until this summer been hosted by local charity Maldon and District Community Voluntary Services. As a hosted project they received support to obtain start up funding, to develop their policies and procedures, attract new members and to promote themselves to the community. As the group developed they also received support to set up as an independent group. The Maldon Shed reached that milestone shortly before their third birthday in August 2017.

The event at Maldon District Council was an opportunity to demonstrate the skills of the ‘Shedders’ with Shed creations on show. Members of the public were able to buy products or commission bespoke items in time for Christmas.

The event was also an opportunity for the Maldon Shed to recognise the support received from Maldon District Council, who provided the old mortuary building that the project operates out of.

The Maldon Shed is open on Mondays, Wednesday and Saturdays at the Old Mortuary building in Maldon Cemetery. For more information visit

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

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.

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

Essex Shed Network at the European Woodworking Event

The Essex Shed Network will be representing themselves at the European Woodworking event on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th September, held at Cressing Temple Barns.

There will be Shedders from all over Essex on the stand throughout the weekend. They will be handing out leaflets on what the Shed project is all about, including what you can do if you join one of these community projects. You will also have the chance to sign up to our mailing list which enables us to keep you up to date on upcoming news and information.

The Essex Shed Network will be there to raise awareness to the general public about how they can get involved in the projects across Essex.

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