Shed members help build St John’s Christmas crib

The Alresford Men’s Shed were delighted to help St John’s Church in Alresford bring a little better spirit of Christmas to the town and the Churchyard path last month, with four of them creating and building a full sized crib and stable at the North entrance. Organised by Peter Tudor, the redundant garage from Howard Bagley was reconstructed into the stable by Shed members Keith Brickwood, Bill Bailey and Jim Scott. These guys dealt with the erection, and the disassembly in January, having made the design in a kit like form. The crib was even better when seen at night, with very effective lighting inside: but the photo is a daytime shot.

A similar task was undertaken in the Shed for East Stratton Church, by Jim Scott, who has also renewed their noticeboards and “No parking” signs. For East Stratton the crib was a smaller design, and assembled inside the Church: it is also easily dismantled for storage, to be used again next year.


Shed re-opening after Covid! Standard opening hours….

The Alresford Men’s Shed stopped operations during the lockdown in Summer 2020, and since then have been carefully modifying operations and opening hours. Our regular advertised sessions, when people can drop in, were suspended up to 2nd November 2020, re-opened, only to be forced to shut down once more on 5th November! During Summer 2021 the Shed re-opened once again, and from November 2021 the opening hours for public access have been increased to be 10 a.m. to 12.30 every weekday morning, Monday to Friday. We hope this will be our future opening pattern.

Most of our members are over 50, some by a long way! Several are shielding, or consider themselves vulnerable, and have decided to stay at home at present.  However the Shed is open to Shed members at any time, as long as there are two people present, to ensure their personal safety.

Several members are continuing their own projects, or undertaking some repair jobs, at home, when this is considered possible. To do this they do make occasional visits to the premises, to collect or return various items of equipment or tools that might be required, on loan from the Shed. This is how the Shed has been carrying out the occasional job during this difficult period.

The mobility equipment stored in the Shed for the Pigs is still available for recycling around the community, by arrangement. Please make initial contact direct to the Alresford Pigs.


Resale items

The following items are offered for sale to raise funds for the Shed. For further info please email via the website. These units are not necessarily held at the Shed, because of space limitations.


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DSC07714Suitable for a bedroom or lounge, this unit is in black leather effect material, and is on two levels. At the base is a shelf for magazines, or a hifi system even. The top level has two square sections set into the recessed top. The two separate units are double sided, and can present either a cushioned top, for seating, or a tray that provides a table top. The unit was bought from TK Max and has a fire cert label.

Dimensions 18” x 34”, 19” high

NB: This unit has now been relocated to the dump, ie Alresford Recycling Centre, Prospect Road on 2 Feb: probably now much cheaper! But we couldn’t store it any more – too many jobs on!


Pictures from Watercress Day 2019

The Alresford Men’s Shed were delighted to attend the Watercress Festival this year, courtesy of Alresford Rotary, and were able to sell some of their surplus woodworking achievements to the visitors. Mainly the idea was to attract new members, since our stay in the Dean factory seems to be assured for another year.

In a crowded event, we hope some of the kids, and parents, enjoyed being able to take part in our vertical ball rolling competition! Some of those involved are pictured here:



Community Project

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?

For more information about AE Wade, see the alresfordmemories website