Update from some Shedders



Do feel free to say how you are getting on during Shed closedown due to Covid-19 lockdown.


“Big Col” Easterby

Graham placed a Messenger call to Colin who is sadly for him and us now in a Whitby care home. With a bit of jiggery-pokery (a technical term) we managed to talk and look each other in the eye.

Colin sends his regards to Maggie, Malcolm and the Brians and the rest of the crew. Colin is unfortunately in 14 day lockdown in his room. 

He maintains a cheerful disposition despite the look on his face (the one on the left!). He is keen to join a Zoom chat with others and that is precisely what we will orchestrate on his tablet. Lockdown is not forever and our job will ultimately be to get him from his new home to the Staithes Shed and the Whitby Shed too for a bit of lively banter. 

Margret Maier (Maggie from Germany or anywhere but!)

Maggie and the Christmas logs

Maggie sent greetings to Littlebeck Shedders that in the autumn of 2016 she attended over a 5 month period. Well do the Shedders there remember the many parallels with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Maggie was an inspiration to start a Shed for women. Without expectation of anything she and an immediate successor from Redcar, Paula, both attended the Shed with remarkable positive (yes, positive!!) impact both on themselves and the guys. Banter was still the order of the day and Maggie and Paula both learned the precious thing that banter is – it spells acceptance and inclusion!

Maggie was with Graham and Joan at the Victoria Farm Nursery cafe soon after Maggie came to Whitby and it was there that we and she met Len and Ros Thomson by pure accident. They were/are from the Gold Coast in Australia and Len was an active Shedder who went on to become a regular Shed friend.  It’s amazing what a day can bring!

Here is a message and a newsletter of what Maggie is currently up to.

Hello Graham and Joan!

I hope, both of you are well??!! You can´t imagine, how thankful I am for the wonderful time in your home. It was a big present from our Lord and from you.

How are you doing???

With my best regards, Maggy


My dear English speaking friends, in a time as this I hope you are well!? We know about many big problems ecumenically, social, financially.

I greet you as friends in many countries all over the world. Attached you find my newsletter from our ministry in Pakistan, Lebanon, Syria, I share the experiences in the last month.

I´m very thankful for God´s grace to be able to do this ministry together with some volunteers.

Jesus is Lord! He is almighty and reigns!

I wish you the experience of God´s faithfulness, his love and power.

Be blessed!

Margret Meier


Lo and behold, Paula!

Within minutes of Paula being mentioned above she sent a begging email to Roger. Looking for 1.2m x 1.2m piece of 18mm or more ply. She is engaging on a partial caravan restoration and needs to replace the floor of the toilet/shower area. No such piece in Littlebeck but there may be something in Staithes.

Great to continue to have contact with Paula (and Margret) two or three years on. All still part of the Whitby District Sheds family.

WEDNESDAY TODAY – It is UK Shed Show at 10am – noon. Go to Frome 96.6fm on the internet and listen live. It will be then be available from Thursday with other past Shows to listen to.

Or click here!  http://frome.fm/2020/03/uk-shed-show/ 


The Making of Us – a reflective video for now but preparing for the future

Now for Some Pam Ayres to further entertain us. Can you hear the rhythm of her voice coming through?:-). She’s got over worrying about her teeth and is now into battling the virus.

I’m normally a social girl
I love to meet my mates
But lately with the virus here
We can’t go out the gates.
You see, we are the ‘oldies’ now
We need to stay inside
If they haven’t seen us for a while
They’ll think we’ve upped and died.
They’ll never know the things we did
Before we got this old
There wasn’t any Facebook
So not everything was told.
We may seem sweet old ladies 
Who would never be uncouth
But we grew up in the 60s –
If you only knew the truth!
There was sex and drugs and rock ‘n roll
The pill and miniskirts
We smoked, we drank, we partied
And were quite outrageous flirts.
Then we settled down, got married
And turned into someone’s mum,
Somebody’s wife, then nana,
Who on earth did we become?
We didn’t mind the change of pace
Because our lives were full 
But to bury us before we’re dead
Is like a red rag to a bull!
So here you find me stuck inside
For 4 weeks, maybe more
I finally found myself again
Then I had to close the door!
It didn’t really bother me
I’d while away the hour
I’d bake for all the family
But I’ve got no flaming flour!
Now Netflix is just wonderful
I like a gutsy thriller
I’m swooning over Idris
Or some random sexy killer.
At least I’ve got a stash of booze
For when I’m being idle
There’s wine and whiskey, even gin
If I’m feeling suicidal!
So let’s all drink to lockdown
To recovery and health
And hope this awful virus
Doesn’t decimate our wealth.
We’ll all get through the crisis
And be back to join our mates
Just hoping I’m not far too wide
To fit through the flaming gates!


To keep in contact with us and to provide entertainment ,Shedder Malcolm has sent this video. 


Finally, the Two Ronnies. These are some of the early trials of telemedicine. Now you do not even need to go to the surgery!!



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