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Prior to the Covid 19 crisis and the update above, our regular sessions have been continuing for our members on most weekdays, and we’ve enough room that we no longer have to work outside… We have had 22 active members this year in spite of the restrictions -
Our generous sponsors enabled us to start from scratch in just a few months! In addition local support has been received. Our founding Steering Group, Trustees and Members would like to express our profound gratitude to them all.
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Our current Trustees are Neville De Moraes, Pete Gumbrell, Tim Perrin, Peter Tiplady and Bryan Shelden.
Please feel free to contact any of us should you have any queries or questions about The Henfield Shed.
Alongside the creation of the numerous Bug and Bird boxes we are now using every inch of space in the Shed to make a variety of items ranging from Cat ladders & Shelves, to Hedgehog houses, Flute stands, Owl boxes, Cheese boards, a tombola and a Christmas star and Manger for the Free Church. All of these pieces of work have generated donations for us from the local community.
Some members have been practicing their woodturning, and other members are learning for the first time. Some very high-
Bird Boxes have been a staple item for us to produce for a while now, but we’ve recently concentrated on these ‘novelty’ ones just for fun! Here are some pictures of them to tempt you…
A fuller update on the ‘Village Pump’!
You may recall we were asked by the Parish Council to replace the roof above the pump in the Library Car Park. If you looked carefully at the bricks above the pump, there was evidence that there was once a roof there, through the marks on the bricks as well as the large holes in the brickwork which undoubtedly supported the roof.
We wanted to replace the roof with something like the one that was there originally, and appealed for anyone with a photograph of the original roof to come forward so we could see what it was like.
Our current status is OPEN UNDER CURRENT COVID RULES from 12th April
The Henfield Shed opens its doors once again from 12th April 2021. This is the date when the current Government lockdown restrictions relax under the next phase.
Visitors please note that you will only be able to visit by prior appointment -
Please note that when we are open, we will use the same COVID rules that were in place last year.
If you need to contact The Henfield Shed for any reason please email by clicking here or use our Facebook page. In the meantime stay safe…
Alan Barwick came up with a photo of the old roof, now long gone but we were a bit stumped as to how to make a new one until Dick Nye arrived with a very substantial cedar shingled roof from a child’s Wendy House he’d been asked to dismantle.
A new roof for the village pump
Members of The Henfield Shed have recently assisted the Parish Council, using part of a donated cedar shingled Wendy House roof to make a new roof canopy over the old village pump, on the rear garden wall of the Post Office garden in the Library car park, helping to create a central feature to the raised bed of flowers and young fruit trees established by Sustainable Henfield. These photographs show the pump as it was until this year, the old, slate roof (with thanks to Alan Barwick) and the new one.
The new roof in place, protecting another Henfield Historical Asset for a good few years to come!
We publish a ‘Shedder Newsletter’ which goes to all members. The most recent (late November 2020) has a series of updates on projects and work recently completed for the local community. These are repeated here for everyone to see we are still as active as possible under the current circumstances, and will be making sawdust again as soon as we possibly can.
During the first lockdown the Shed was deep cleaned and we made many NHS rainbows for the village. One of these found its way to New Zealand!
When we returned, things were slow for the first week then we were hit with our customers’ ‘inspiration’ from the re-
Shedders made wooden chopping blocks / boards, wooden steps, wine racks, too many hedgehog boxes to mention, wooden keepsake boxes, bespoke shelving, a Crib Board, a sink top repair and even a rustic egg box!
For the garden we made wheelbarrow planters, many raised bed planters, a log store, a wellington boot rack, the Shed stock item bird and bug boxes, a bird table, a gate repair and a mower house.
For the wider village community we were asked to take on three 'larger' jobs: these were to
Kirsty Hayden, who runs Eastmead Cattery in Small Dole, was kind enough to send us the following testimonial:
I first read about the Henfield Shed in a local parish magazine and then happened to spot a lovely cat picture in the window of Southdown Galleries. On enquiring and subsequently buying it I discovered that the clever chaps in the Henfield Shed had made it. I run Eastmead Boarding Cattery in Small Dole and I needed to update some of my pens so that I could make them interchangeable.
On chatting to Pete and the team it soon became apparent that they were willing to take on all sorts of challenges and they happily took on the project. Since then they have replaced all my wooden ramps in the pens with white ones (far easier to clean) using recycled facia board panels and have recently designed and fitted some removable acrylic panels for the front of the cattery to help keep the winter wind and rain out. All of these projects would have been difficult to find tradespeople to take on as they are fiddly and very time consuming. Great people to work with and the camaraderie between them is lovely to see and very amusing to listen to their banter.
Well done Pete, Roger, Tony and the team!
In total we have completed 75 jobs post (first) lockdown which is fantastic and testament to the Shedders that come along week in week out. It should also be noted that with the exception of a couple of these jobs all were made with recycled wood, which in the current sustainable world we live in is a great use of timber that was bound for the tip.
Since January we have opened on 98 separate occasions with 22 Shedders coming along when they could. Following the rule of six we ran a rota to ensure everybody who wanted to attend could. In the main this worked but we all know it is not ideal. It has to be said that the Henfield Shed is well ahead of other Sheds in the UK when it comes to opening post lockdown. In fact during a conversation with the UK Men’s Sheds Association (West Sussex), they said we were exemplary!
Given all that has happened this year we have not been able to take on any new members. As a result we have four people waiting to join us when the current restrictions have been lifted. Use the ‘Contact Us’ or ‘Join Our Shed’ link at the top of the page if you want to enquire about joining.
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Just a few more photos to prove we are still working on a range of projects for our local community…
The Henfield Shed in Lockdown
Whilst the recent Lockdown closed our workshop once again, some of the Shedders were able to continue to support the local community by doing small jobs in their own workshops and garages; recent projects include a couple of bird tables and a notice board for a member of the Sustainable Henfield group*. Now that we can re-
* Sustainable Henfield 2030 is stepping up its efforts to make people aware of what can be recycled and how best to go about recycling and re-
In the meantime, some Shedders with time on their hands are ready and willing to take on more small jobs; with Spring on the way, garden birds will soon begin looking for nest boxes, the Henfield Bird Watch group is still keen for more people to erect Swift nest boxes on their houses – The Shed has already supplied over 20. Have you seen any signs of Hedgehogs in your garden? We’ve made half a dozen Hedgehog Houses. Do get in touch if you think we could make something for you.