Men's Shed Newsletter No. 23

31 July 2022

Hello Shedders and Friends

The last two Wednesdays at the church hall have been as good as ever, with lots of chat and discussion of future plans, and a bit of making. We prepared for…

Damerham Fair

We had a wonderful day on Saturday at the fair. The weather was perfect and the fair was very well attended with a lovely atmosphere.

We put on a much simpler display than at Frogham, and didn’t try to sell anything except the idea of a Shed. Photo boards gave us something to talk to people about, and flyers flew out to people with an immediate or future interest.

Paul D put in extra work to help with setting up and taking down the fair, earned some brownie points, and made a useful contact with the co-chair of show was works for Elliotts.

We made other contacts too, including a transport company (potentially useful for shifting containers and mobile offices), Fordingbridge Museum, local gamekeepers and coppicers, and a chap from Breamore Countryside Museum where they’re in need of volunteers to breathe new life into the exhibits – perhaps that could be a destination for Shed outing.

Paul also gave a demonstration/talk, but his slot was right at the end of the show and was poorly attended. Lucy even fell asleep.

Community Build and Information Day

From Fordingbridge Greener Living:

On the 6th August (this Saturday!) we will be hosting our ‘Community Build and Information Day’ as part of the Community Garden Project. This will be a joint day with the Avon Valley Shed where we will be constructing the shed kindly donated by Fordingbridge Town Council and building the raised planters from reclaimed wood and pallets (thank you to all those who donated including Elliotts!). This day will also provide an opportunity for local organisations and community members to find out more about the Community Garden project and how to be involved when it is up and running. We will be there from 10:00 until 15:00. If you have any useful tools which can help us construct planters and raised beds then please bring them along! If you have any questions or queries then please email:

The standing for the shed has already been put in, so we’ll just need some people with a range of tools to get the job done. See Apparently tea and cakes will be involved, but I’d recommend taking a packed lunch if you can spare the whole day to help.

The community garden is at the back of the allotments on Green Lane (I think). We’ll confirm the details on Wednesday, but if you have any questions please ask Paul D.

Diary Dates

  • This Wednesday 3 August 9:30am: workshop session at St. Mary’s church hall as usual.
  • Saturday 6 August, 10am: Community Garden – see above.

That’s all for now.