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Bird Boxes for Henfield Bird Watch project

We’re really proud to have been commissioned to produce a trial batch of bird nesting boxes just in time for the nesting season. These will be to several different species-specific designs, mostly to do with the size of the hole! Henfield Bird Watch will monitor them for this season and hopefully come back to us for more, with any modifications necessary to be incorporated in a future batch. We delivered in time for the nesting season.

This is where we showcase some of our projects, products and services. This is developing quickly now we are up and running as a community resource

Our first proper job had to be to clear, refit and prepare the Shed for occupation and use. As well as buying and fixing insulation in the roof, we needed to source and fit a rubber insulated floor over the concrete. This has made the whole shed easier to heat and much more comfortable in the colder months.  In addition we had to move all the various donations of tools and equipment in, and the assembly/erection of many of the new items bought took a time too!  All is well now though - the only problem is lack of space, but we’ll overcome that by having smaller groups working on different projects on different days. Very ingenious are ‘shedders’!

An antique table repair

A rather distressed occasional table was brought in to the shed the other day. Sadly the table had taken a tumble had suffered somewhat. We were asked if there was anything we could do to recover the situation, and one of our members with the appropriate skills (Gerry) was prepared to do his best. As you can see from the accompanying photographs his best was very good indeed, and the table has been united with its delighted owner on his 90th birthday! (The owner not the table)

Henfield Gardens and Arts Festival Sign

A request came in to make a new sign board to pin notices up for Gardens and Arts and two of our members have made the sign - you’ll see it outside Jeremy’s in the High Street from late April until the festival is over. Lots of useful info on there so have a look!

A local resident commissioned a planter for her mother’s 104th birthday, to a specific design - yes it IS a planter with space for 3 or 4 pots, though designed to sit on the ground. We were pleased with how this looks and repeated it, as it was the RAF’s centenary year.

Our latest venture into producing, inspired by our successful creation of a WWI biplane-planter hybrid, was to produce another ten of these to display as part of the Gardens and Arts festival. These were sponsored by Red Oaks and were on display in their garden, some hung from trees…

To the left are a few pictures of them in preparation and on their way to Red Oaks.

Meanwhile back at the ranch our tool sale was in full swing, and we had many visitors who were also buying some bird boxes, planters and other items we’d made, or ordering new ones.  

Woodturning demonstrations went on all day and drew constant visitors (very well done and thank you to Gerry!)  

Lastly some final shots of the planters at Red Oaks resplendent with their contents!

…and we mustn’t forget the successful completion of the ‘Bug Box’ project, and the sale, again with demonstrations, at the ‘Great Get Together’…

Our very busy June was in preparation for, and then participating in two of Henfield’s major ‘open’ events.  On Saturday 9th June we were open all day from 11am for demonstrations and sale of some of our products. We also had our first and very successful sale of surplus tools.

We also had a busy day on Saturday 23rd June ‘Great Get Together’ with the shed open again for demonstrations, and welcomed many more new friends, and sold more products.

The signs designed and made by our members for the Henfield Memorial Field celebrations are complete and delivered early in September.

We won the prize for ‘Most Creative Tree’ - again!

Christmas Tree Festival

The Henfield Shed was represented in the Henfield Evangelical Church Christmas tree Festival on 7th December. Our lignum gurus won the prize for the ‘Most Creative Tree’ for the second year running and we are very proud of them, and the extra attention it brought to The Henfield Shed. The tree was auctioned off at the end of the competition and the resulting £70 added to the Church’s chosen charity, Tearfund (tearfund.org).

In June members of The Henfield Shed built a rocket to help the library's efforts to launch their Space Chase. This is the 20th year of the Summer Reading Challenge.

Children of all ages are being encouraged to read and the library staff have gone to enormous lengths to make it fun. To help them, the shedders built a rocket which can be used as a useful prop for lots of different activities. We landed the rocket in the library on Wednesday.

Sallyanne and Shirley at the library were thrilled. They both enthused " we are truly delighted with the rocket - it is a great addition to our Summer Reading Challenge at the Library. The children will absolutely love having their photos taken with it. Thank you so much to all the Henfield Shedders!"