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

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 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.

For more information please visit: http://www.europeanwoodworkingshow.eu/

Or if you are on social media:

Facebook facebook.com/EuropeanWoodworkingShow  

Twitter @EuroWoodShow

Instagram europeanwoodworkingshow

Shed Committee Members needed in Cressing

Work to set up a Men’s Shed project on the historical Cressing Temple Barns Site has been taking place over the past few months and the project team are now looking for Men to step forward to be part of the Committee.

Volunteers are needed to help to set up the Shed project and oversee it’s ongoing management. The Committee will be responsible for choosing the Sheds formal structure, setting up a bank account and ensuring health and safety policies are in place. 

Supported by the Essex Shed Network the Committee will take this fledgling project and help to grow it into a thriving community project supporting older men in the Cressing and Witham areas. 

Find out more and apply for this opportunity on the Volunteer Essex Website

An inaugural meeting of the Committee will be held at the barns on the 29th August.


Volunteers needed for European Woodworking show

The Essex Shed Network is looking forward to attending the European Woodworking Event at Cressing Temple Barns in September.

This is a great opportunity for us to talk to potential Shedders from across the County and wider. We will have a stand promoting the network and the individual Essex sheds both established and in development.

The European show is a leading woodworking show in the world with display and demonstrations from a range of craftsman including wood turners, carvers, pryrographers and toy makers.

We are looking for volunteers from Essex Shedders to help man the stand and talk to the public about Men in Shed projects and help promote. Cover is needed across the 2 days of the show but volunteers can choose to cover for a few hours, entry into the show by way of wristband will be provided and will be valid for the full weekend.

If you are able to support the Essex Shed Network at this event please get in touch.

Read more about the show here 

First Aid Training for Shedders

The Essex Shed Network is pleased to offer FREE first Aid training to supervisors, lead hands and committee members of Essex Sheds.

The training will be held on the 5th September in Chelmsford and be delivered by the British Red Cross.

Anyone interested in attending please contact Hamish on hamish@maldoncvs.org.uk or 07714 740642

Places are limited so get in touch quickly to avoid disappointment.

Latest Round of Shed funding opens

The Royal Voluntary Service funded by the Asda Foundation have today announced the opening of the Sheds Grant fund for applications to help support the set up of new Shed projects.

If you are Shed group run by volunteers who could use a grant of between £250-£1,000 then why not apply. Applications can be for

  • Tools and equipment
  • Building renovation costs – eg roofing/flooring materials
  • Revenue costs – eg rent/insurance contributions
  • Promotional materials

Round 3 of the grant programme opens on Monday 17th July and closes on Sunday 24th September.

For more information visit

West Essex Sheds receive training from college

Shedders from West Essex recently visited Chelmsford College to undertake Health and Safety training on the use of Power tools.

The training took place in the June half term break coinciding with Volunteers Week,

Read more about the training and the experience of the Shedders on the Chelmsford College Website

Mens Health Week

June 12- 18 is Men’s Health Week and this year the spotlight is on abdominal obesity also known as belly fat.

Research shows that men are more likely to be overweight with 68% of men now overweight or obese, with this they are more likely to face health problems such as diabetes because they are overweight. They are also less likely to get support to tackle their weight problems from health professionals.

The Men’s Health Forum is raising awareness this week and challenging men to consider whether they have a Hazardous Waist.

A Hazardous waist is defined as being over 37inches (94cm) and puts an individual at increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, cancer and stroke.

Move more – Eat well – Watch the booze

Read more online at the Men’s Health Forum website

Men in Sheds
Research has shown that involvement in a Men’s Shed has a range of health benefits for those involved.  The Shed environment has been proven to be a conduit to changes in health related behaviour amongst men. A paper written for the UK Mens Shed Association by Dr. Snorri Bjorn Rafnsson, UCL Department of Epidemiology and Public Health entitled “Social engagement, health and wellbeing of older men”  identifies a surprising number of ways that community involvement has health benefits for men ranging from reduced impact of a disability, improved dental health, reduced use of medications, lower levels of depression, reduced emotional distress and delayed onset of dementia.

Commendation for Shed Supervisors

The Who Will Care? Awards were launched in 2015 after research highlighted the importance of volunteering for a strong community, for now and in the future as the need for help and support from people in our communities grows.

The Awards celebrate thousands of individuals that are supporting each other within the communities of Essex.

The supervisors at all the Essex Sheds were put forward by the Essex Shed Network in recognition of all the hard work they contribute to the success of Men in Sheds in Essex and we are pleased to announce that they have received a certificate of commendation to acknowledge the acts of kindness and dedication to volunteering.

Read more about the Who Will Care? Awards here