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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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:
Organisations must first submit a proposal application and which will be screened by Calor to check that it has met the eligibility criteria,
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
The winners from each grant category will selected by an independent panel of judges with the highest score based on a number of 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
So 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.
After months of preparation and planning, the Harlow Men’s Shed is ready to launch! The container (which was transformed into a Shed at a location in Barnston) was carefully transported to Harlow by lorry, where a team carefully maneuvered it into position at its new site in Harlow Town Park.
The official launch will be held on Friday 8th February at 10am – 12.30pm
There will be a short opening ceremony followed by talks from Clive Emmett, CEO of Uttlesford CVS on the Essex Shed Network, plus an Essex Shedder will give their account of how their Shed has benefited them.
Refreshments will be available and the Essex Shed Network team will be on hand to answer questions or generally talk Shed with anyone and everyone!
Parking is available at Netteswell Cross Car Park (Map below) which is approx 5 minutes walk from the Shed- follow the signs saying ‘Harlow Shed’ from the car park.