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

Watercress Festival pics

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….

Vertical bar billiards: the golf ball is put in the green carrier, and the strings are used to pull this up past all the holes to reach the top one!

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…..

watercress A

watercress B


watercress C

watercress D


The Alresford Men’s Shed is Open

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.

P1010174 Peter Tudor


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…..



Opening hours:

Monday and Thursday morning (from 23 April the Monday session will be in the afternoon)

Tuesday and Thursday afternoon




The Alresford “Shed” is Open!

The Alresford Pigs have supported the Alresford Men’s Shed with a substantial donation to help the charity to be established in the town. The idea of a “Men’s Shed” is that it provides a workshop and meeting place, mainly for retired men. If they don’t have many  practical skills then they are still welcome, maybe they can gain them or polish budding skills at the Shed, it is a place where they can meet other guys and become involved in projects, often which benefit the community. In doing so they develop relationships, get out of the house, and gain something with a purpose. Often they would also have their own DIY repair jobs, and other skilled Shed members would help them undertake these, using shared experience.

Frequently their wives also encourage this activity, not only to get the repair jobs done, but to get them out of the house for a change! This might be why the Alresford Ladies Group has also promised the Shed a donation: all the founder members are men – but if there is a demand then they will accommodate ladies who might want to use the woodworking facilities, or other tools, or just need to use space to repair something for themselves. The Alresford Co-op has generously also made a donation, from their Community Fund.

Opening Now!

The Shed Trustees have found some premises in the Dean, in one of the commercial units there. This is short term, in that with the current development plans, in a year or so the site will be re-developed. But in the meantime, the benches and racking for tools are now installed, tools are available, some donated, some purchased, and the Shed will officially open for visitors and Members on Tuesday January 23rd. Initially the opening times are Mondays 0930-1230, Tuesdays 1400-1630 and Thursdays both morning and afternoon: from 23rd April the Monday session will be in the afternoon..

The Shed is looking for projects for the Community, other Charities, and individuals. Materials are chargeable, but the labour is provided – although donations towards the running costs are welcome. Membership is £50 a year. The Shed is located at Unit 1, The Dean: (the Lorem building). Members of the public can bring those repair problems that can’t be done anywhere else, to see what we can do. An underlying rule of the shed is that we do not take away business from anyone else providing a similar service.

The Shed has strict rules for Health and Safety: eg no children in the workshop, Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) must be worn, etc.

Over the next year a site for a new Shed is being sought, to allow the Shed members to build a new Shed from scratch.

The Alresford Men’s Shed is a registered Charity. The Shed website is www.alresfordmensshed.org.uk.



Support from the Ladies Group!

There has been a lot of progress in the first few weeks of this year, now that the Alresford Men’s Shed has been able to commence creating the workshop area in 1 The Dean, our first Shed location – look out for our signboard outside the building soon, under the ‘Lorem’ sign. After clearing the rooms, half a dozen work benches have been built, and racking for tools erected.

This website, www.alresfordmensshed.org.uk has gone live.

News from the Alresford Ladies Group

While our search for grants from major donors continues, we are delighted that the Alresford Ladies Group has voted to donate half their Charity giving for 2018 to the Men’s Shed!

Some sceptics might say that the Ladies want to find somewhere to send their menfolk, to get them out of the house, more reasonable people suggest it might be a way of telling the same menfolk to do those repairs, down at the Shed, where someone competent will suggest how to do it! This could be very true, but actually the Shed is expecting to attract Ladies as Members as well, and they will get the same help and support as the male Shed Members. So we look forward to having some of the Alresford Ladies join up too.

The Shed is buying and collecting donated tools, to equip the benches: so please sort the shed or the garage out and locate anything surplus to your needs. We are also looking for projects/jobs that we can do for individuals, or the community more widely, in the very near future – so line up any jobs that you would like us to consider doing for you. Repairing chair legs, rewiring table lamps, covering up scratches – anything is possible. There will be a charge for any materials used, but the labour is free – of course donations to our costs are welcomed.

Equal opportunities

The Alresford Men’s Shed is open to all, men and women.

Our only restrictions relate to children – they are not allowed in the workshop for sensible safety and insurance reasons.