Occupation of Milking Shed now official

The new Essex Shed Project at Cressing Temple had an official opening on Tuesday 23rd January. This Shed has been created by refurbishing the old milking shed and aims to give local men and women the opportunity to share their skills and meet other like-minded, wood crafts people.

Councillor James Abbott and Councillor Angela Kilmartin from Braintree District Council joined more than forty other guests at the ‘Cressing Temple Community Shed’ and made short speeches focused on the benefits of Shed projects.

The Shed project at Cressing evolved from an ongoing garden project at the site, which has history going back to the 11th Century Knights Templar. Essex County Council have backed the development and the Essex Shed Network worked with the Shedders to help them to register as a Charity, put policies in place and even provided some start up funding.

To get involved in this exciting new Shed please contact Bob at r.adams389@btinternet.com

Men in Shed projects expand to reach more

The Essex Shed Network is launching a new pilot project, in partnership with West Essex Community Men’s Sheds to offer a social opportunity for men who may not be able to access the traditional workshop spaces provided by Men in Sheds projects.

The Shed inside project, which will launch in early January, will enable participants to benefit from the ethos of the Sheds by coming together and increasing their social network.

Sessions will run on alternate weeks and will initially be delivered across two locations; Great Dunmow and Asheldham on the Dengie Peninsula. Held in local community day centres they will feature opportunities to take part in a range of fun and engaging activities and games that will provide scope for social interaction, conversation and enrichment opportunities.

Hamish Macdiarmid the Essex Shed Network Coordinator says

 “Men in Shed projects provide fantastic social spaces for men however due to the workshop environment there are some people who cannot take part, usually for health and safety reasons. The Shed inside project aims to extend the reach of Sheds to include everyone and provide the same camaraderie and friendships to people who can be even more at risk of loneliness.”

To find out more contact Catherine on 01621 851891 (Maldon District) or Susan on 01370 878400 (Great Dunmow).

Hardie Park Shed recruiting Shedders

“Hardie Park have some men, they have a shed, they have some tools – now they just need to make it work.”

In order to run the Hardie Park Shed they require trained supervisors. If you think this might be for you then click REGISTER to show your interest. If you would like to pop along to one of the shed sessions to see if it’s something you want to get involved with then pop down on a Friday morning at 10am.

Training will take place in January and the Shed will open in February on a Monday and Friday. There are two shed sessions being held each day and the cost will be £2 per session which includes tea and coffee.

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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.

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 shed.coordinator@outlook.com

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: info@volunteercentretendring.org.uk

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.


Chelmsford Shed Unveiled


Picture attached: With The Chairman of Essex County Council are (l-r) Shedders: Paul, Kevin, John, David, Bob with Lorraine, Sophie from QBE, Cllr Walsh, Nick from Backhouse, Peter, Jon Lyons from Chelmsford City Council.

Celebrating International Men’s Day on the 19th of November, local charity, Centre Supporting Voluntary Action (CSVA), unveiled a home for a new Men’s Shed project for Chelmsford.

The new Chelmsford Shed aims to offer a space for men to share skills and become part of a community. Lorraine Jarvis, from the CSVA said: “The project could not have started without the help and support of many local people. Huge thanks go to Chelmsford City Council for identifying a suitable building, to local solicitors Backhouse for legal help, to Essex County Council ‘s Community Initiatives Fund (CIF) and the QBE Foundation who have helped to fund the main refurbishment. Our Shedders can now start to make the place their own.”

Cllr John Aldridge, Chairman of Essex County Council said:  “This is exactly the kind of community led project that our Community Initiatives Fund was set up to support. It’s a great example of how we are able to inject cash directly into local projects that make such a difference to the lives of so many local people and we wish all those involved in the Chelmsford Men’s Shed every success.”

Cllr Simon Walsh, Cabinet Member for Waste and Environment who leads the CIF programme added: “Since CIF launched ten years ago, we’ve invested almost £20 million into a diversity of community projects. Here is another great example of a grass roots project that will bring far-reaching health and well-being benefits to so many local people.”

Essex Shed Network Coordinator Hamish Macdiarmid commented, “All relevant funders and participants, including those previously mentioned, as well as Maldon & District CVS, Who Will Care, Essex Community Foundation/Community Resilience Fund are excited to see the Chelmsford Shed taking shape. Here’s to getting the ‘Shed On’ in 2017!”

To find out more about the Chelmsford Men’s Shed please call 01245 351888 or visit:  www.chelmsfordcvs.org.uk and click on the Chelmsford Shed logo.

For more information about The CIF visit www.essex.gov.uk/cif