Outdoor Shedding

We are now able to be outside to work as we socially distance. 

Here are some tasks that have been going on over the past week.

BayThorpe Shed has done a superb job repanelling the rear of the Scout Hut/ Shed. Slats were damaged and rotted. See the difference!



BayThorpe Shedders also went to town on completing the refurbishment of equipment at the playground, including the galleon.

At Staithes this week the Velux windows were installed and a raised floor added to the subsidiary machine shop. 

Sleights Shed has a weekend job helping the Primary School by cleaning off loose paint and rust and priming the metalwork on the school gates! 

Preparation with scrapers, abrasive and elbow grease was achieved by Shedders Bob and Graham on Saturday with the hope that a coat of Hammerite can be applied on Sunday (always weather permitting!).

It’s a very good way to meet people in our neighbourhood. One passer by asked whether I was the father of the school Headteacher. Age qualified me, but there is no truth in the rumour:-)

The flakey job has been done but the high wind prevented any paint being applied or it would have been like spray painting. After school Monday we hope.

Staithes Shedder Malcolm is in touch with some very pertinent thoughts about life and thankfulness

“Morning all,

A perspective. 

Imagine you were born in 1900.

When you’re 14, World War I begins and ends when you’re 18 with 22 million dead.

Soon after a global pandemic, the Spanish Flu, appears, killing 50 million people. And you’re alive and 20 years old.

When you’re 29 you survive the global economic crisis that started with the collapse of the New York Stock Exchange, causing inflation, unemployment and famine.

When you’re 33 years old the nazis come to power.

When you’re 39, World War II begins and ends when you’re 45 years old with a 60 million dead. In the Holocaust 6 million Jews die.

When you’re 52, the Korean War begins.

When you’re 64, the Vietnam War begins and ends when you’re 75.

A child born in 1985 thinks his grandparents have no idea how difficult life is, but they have survived several wars and catastrophes.

Today we have all the comforts in a new world, amid a new pandemic. But we complain because we need to wear masks. We complain because we must stay confined to our homes where we have food, electricity, running water, wifi, even Netflix! None of that existed back in the day. But humanity survived those circumstances and never lost their joy of living.

A small change in our perspective can generate miracles. We should be thankful that we are alive. We should do everything we need to do to protect and help each other.”

Indeed he’s right. Don’t complain (maybe grumble a bit!) but above all be thankful. Many of us are very thankful for technology being here so we can see each other and our hair styles! Thanks Malcolm.

Here is something some Shedders will drool over. Awaiting the reopening of our Sheds indoors


From BBC News website – telemedicine gains a strong foothold for GP consultations

GP appointments over the phone or via video call have surged during lockdown, figures reveal, with the practice likely to continue after restrictions are fully lifted.

NHS figures reveal that 48% of GP appointments in May were carried out over the telephone, compared with just 14% in February. Despite appointment numbers dropping during lockdown, from 25m in February to 17m in May, the figures suggest many GPs have turned to “telemedicine” to interact with patients.

Dr Richard Vautrey, GP committee chair at the British Medical Association, said: “There has been a massive change from the vast majority of consultations in general practice taking place face to face, to now the vast majority taking place by telephone or increasingly by video consultation.”

Malcolm has sent photos of the Shedding he’s been doing

I’ve finished my vege pods. Just for interest, I’ve attached a few photos of the pods within the box with a removable front for access.

The second photo shows the boxes with the front removed,  the third with the front slid back in place.

The last photo shows my Rennie Macintosh inspired slatted fence back rather than three boring supporting panel lats, which I’m quite chuffed about. 

What next? Need to make some type of cold frame top for my boxes as it’s like a wind tunnel. The Toms and Broccoli are surviving in the used Marihuana pots, you can see them in photo 1. Happy baccy wont have a look in. Suck on a Happy Tom.



THIS WEEK Tuesday 7th – Thursday 9th is SHEDFEST 2020 Tuesday pm is discussion concerning Sheds opening. Nothing is clear cut. We are wanting Shedders back soon BUT we know some of you will not be rushing in because of continuing concerns about Covid-19 and personal circumstances.



10:00 – Official Welcome

10:10 – 11:00 | Tales from Wales with Rob Visintainer
Men’s Sheds CYMRU

An entertaining and insightful journey to some of the Men’s Sheds in Wales and how
they are supporting a healthy and happy community of men followed by the opportunity
for Shedders to ask questions.

11:00 – 12:00 | Keep on Turning! with the Blind Wood Turner aka Chris Fisher RPT

The Blind Woodturner Youtube Channel

An inspirational demonstration and conversation with ‘the blind woodturner’ on how being a maker can turn lives around.

12:00- 13:30 | Break for Lunch 13:30 – Welcome Back

13:30 – 14:35 Unlocking the Shed with Charlie Bethel, Rob Visintainer, David Helmers

With Men’s Sheds reopening in Australia, about to open in Ireland and nearing an opening in parts of the United Kingdom, our panel will discuss what is working, what to consider and look at what the short term and long term ‘normal’ might look like for Sheds.  This will be followed by the opportunity for questions from Shedders.

EVENING ZOOM SESSION – limited spaces, pre-booking required

19:00 – Metalworking – Register on Eventbrite

A discussion on Cold and Sheet metal working providing an opportunity for discussion for Shedders, hosted by Mike Jenn and Geoff Allison


10:00 – 10:50 Meet Peter Sefton


Peter is an accomplished craftsman, how did he get where he is, challenges, any funny anecdotes, top tips for Shedders.

10:50 – 11:50 Shed Leadership with Phil Wheatley, Mike Jenn, Ivor Anderson

Phil talks about what he sees as the evolving stages of leadership in Men’s Sheds with a panel discussion and an opportunity to ask questions.

12:00 – 13:30 | Break for Lunch

13:30 – 14:30 Re-engaging with your community

A panel discussion about re-connecting with your communities, looking for income, sustainable revenue, available support followed by the opportunity for Shedders to ask the panel questions.

14:30 – Axminster’s Machine Maintenance with Craig Steele

Axminster YouTube Channel

With workshops potentially opening in the next few months, Craig Steele opens the workshop to talk about machine maintenance as you dust off the sheets!  A perfect opportunity to ask Craig about all those funny noises your machines are making!

EVENING ZOOM SESSION – limited spaces, pre-booking required

19:00 – Carving / Sculpture

Guests talk about their work followed by an open discussion with participants.


10:00 – 11:00 What is a Men’s Shed? with Charlie Bethel, Rob Visintainer,

Kate Gordon, Geoff Alison, Alan Clarke

How do you support and engage men in your communities?  

A presentation and panel discussion on why you should engage with Men’s Sheds

and if you do not have one, how to get one!

11:00 – 12:00 Ronseal Supporting Sheds with Julie Chadwick

Ronseal Website

Julie will talk about Ronseal’s involvement with Men’s Sheds as the partnership enters the second year and particularly looks at a DIY workshop programme as a means to generate income for Sheds.

12:00 – 13:00 Generate income without effort by Roisin Lyons

Easy Fundraising Website

Presentation followed by a Q&A.

13:00 – Plenary Session  

EVENING ZOOM SESSION – limited spaces, pre-booking required

19:00 – Making Musical Instruments

Guests talk about their work followed by an open discussion with participants

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