Alresford Men's Shed is a Registered Charity, established in 2017, We have found some temporary accommodation in th Lorem Building, at 1 The Dean, and will open the Shed as a Member's workshop centre in January 2018. Start-up funding has been provided by the Alresford Pigs Association, and Hampshire County Council.
Initially it is planned to open the facility on Monday Mornings, Tuesday Afternoons and all day Thursday.
The Men’s Shed was pleased to receive a request from the Alresford Town Council for help in refurbishing the Town Map, situated outside the Barclays Bank building, on the alleyway up to the Church. No-one knew who owned this map display, drawn from an original A E Wade print in the 1950s. So no-one took responsibility for repairing areas of wood on the housing that had decayed, and for scraping and repainting the framework.
The Men’s Shed were pleased to do this, in time for the Watercress Festival: it turned out that one of the Shed members is the son of the guy who built the original wooden frame, as his first job when joining Wild Brothers the builders, way back in the 50s we think. At least the map looked smart for the Watercress event, which is more than could be said for the Barclays Bank Building itself! Maybe the Men’s Shed could move in there?
The Alresford Men’s Shed had a booth outside the Community Centre at the Alresford Watercress Festival today. We think we had some interest from some potential new members of the Shed, but more attention came from the kids games we had dreamt up in between other more serious jobs.
In fact most of the last 2-3 weeks have been spent on various projects for games, but two only managed to make it to the stand – both about getting balls into little holes.
The vertical bar billiards had a lot of people confused to start with, but the kids found it straightforward….
Some of the pics from today are shown below, and if you want copies of pics of you or your kids, please email us for them! We will need to know which one you are talking about, so the collages are labelled A,B,C and D, and count along the top row first and then continue on the next line, to find the picture number…..
The Alresford Men’s Shed has been in operation since the end of January…… but some people have questioned what we get up to! Apart from drinking tea of course…. so here goes:
We’ve had requests from other charities, and from friends of the Shed, to build some outdoor things from wood. It started with needing shelves for ourselves, to put wood, and the tools on. So we built those, mostly from old pallets, which we could get free. Then our neighbours wanted the same, so we equipped the whole building.
Jackie Porter asked us for some leaflet boxes, to put on one of the HCC sponsored walk routes, so half a dozen of those are in progress. Then friends of Barn Owls needed some “Owl boxes” to put in old barns, so two of those have been built and are pictured. Another neighbour wanted a simple “A” frame advertising board, so that is in progress.
Other projects have involved cutting shop display shelves to length, , and making eight wooden (small) mallets for kids to use in their nature study field courses.
In the photo there is also a kitchen table that has been resurfaced: the legs were repaired and will now be repainted. Also there is the first demo “Bluetit box”, which we could produce for anyone wanting to help their local housing problems for the birds next year.
Repair projects mostly come in and go back out very fast, so getting pictures is difficult! These are some that could be caught in progress….
The plastic chairs came from the Community Centre, and the seats needed re-gluing, plus all but one have had new ‘Feet’ added to the legs. The drawers have been cleaned off, and will now be repainted (as per instructions). The chair has lost some of the leg supports – or at least they are not fixed in place! New bits will be added to make the chair legs secure. We have repaired several chests of drawers, and some of these were donated to us, for repair and then sale, in a local auction. Another drawer needed an old handle replacing, which we sourced.
Metal-work and gadgets
Sometimes we can repair things that, frankly, we don’t know much about: like a petrol driven leaf blower that was donated (on its way to the dump), and a really old electric sewing machine. The donations arising from these projects, when we succeed, are always appreciated. One other should be mentioned: one of the Pigs 3-wheel walking aids was heading for the scrap heap, after two wheels fell off. Like a case of “one wheel on my wagon”! But thru one Shed member, who rebuilt two new bearings in plastic, it was restored – then he also found someone who needed it, and had the pleasure of seeing it in use!
We’re still here, in the Dean, working away, why not give us your repair or wood-work projects to keep us busier? (In return for a donation to Shed funds, plus material costs, of course)
The Alresford Men’s Shed has discovered that not many of the members either want to get up, or are allowed out first thing on Mondays! So as from 23rd April we are moving the Monday Shed opening from the morning to the afternoon.
So our new opening times will be
Monday and Thursday afternoons, from 2pm to 4.30pm
plus Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 9.30 am until around 12.30pm.
Lots of new equipment has been purchased, plus many members have donated their “spare” tools, and lots of timber has come in for general use, donated by James White Fencing and Cleeve Construction, plus several Shed members.
The Alresford Men’s Shed physically opened its doors at Unit 1, The Dean, to accept Membership registration forms on Tuesday 23 January, 6 weeks ago. Lots of people came to have a look round, and 17 Membership forms were completed on the day! All were impressed by the transformation of the bare factory rooms into a workshop equipped with work benches, large work and rest areas, and storage rooms. The array of tools available in the workshop is impressive, clipped onto wall boards: most are new, purchased by the Shed using their start-up funding, but since the opening there have been several donations of larger items, such as a chop saw, bench vices, a pillar drill, several electric saws, vacuum extractors etc. We now have a BIG sign outside, for the short-sighted, and anyone else that wants to find us, opposite Valdean Caravan Park.
Two days later, Peter Tudor, a Shed Trustee, completed the first ‘Community’ project in the Shed, by repairing the seat cushions of six chairs from St John’s Church. This was a straightforward task of replacing the hardboard underneath the foam of the seat cushion with a slightly stronger sheet of plywood. Peter says that there are several more chairs that need this sort of attention in the Alresford Church, so more seats will follow! The picture shows Peter with the first six seat cushions, plus also some of the tools positioned behind the workbenches.
The Alresford Men’s Shed is delighted to accept donations of tools that are surplus to requirements from anyone. Membership is open to all, so please come along to meet the people and see the facilities available. More important, you will be able to visualise what you might be able to do in the Shed, and see some projects on-going. Volunteers are repairing restaurant tables, drawer handles, chair backs, and even making shelves for storage areas. If you have some repair jobs, or something you want building, why not drop in and see what we can do for you? Maybe we could help you to up-cycle some old furniture, for sale to the ‘trendy people’ of Alresford…..
Monday and Thursday morning (from 23 April the Monday session will be in the afternoon)