First Men's Shed Open Meeting 3 November 2021

First Men's Shed Open Meeting

We finally held our first Men’s Shed open meeting at St. Mary’s Church Hall on Wednesday 3 November at 10:30am. There was an encouraging turn-out considering that covid hasn’t gone away, and life isn’t easy for everyone. The vicar Gary Philbrick and curate Tom Burden came along to support us too. Gary Knight gave a good overview of what sheds are all about. How the Avon Valley Shed develops will… Read More

Our Vision 7 December 2020

Our Vision

A Simple Concept To provide a creative space in the heart of the community where people can come together to make, craft and repair, share techniques and learn new skills. To provide opportunities for people to get involved in community projects, working as a team to help improve our local environment and our amenities. To provide a safe, inspiring, supportive, inclusive, welcoming environment that brings people together. Through our activities… Read More

Further discussions needed over plans for Men's Shed 29 October 2020

Another article in the Salisbury Journal, recounting the Fordingbridge Town Council meeting on when the Finance Committee discussed our application for Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funding. The Journal keeps referring to the project as a “Men’s Shed”, despite the fact that the Avon Valley Shed will be for everyone.

Shed Meeting 6 October 2020

The Trustees, Town Council representatives, and architects met via Zoom on 6 October 2020 at 7pm. Although we don’t actually have a lease on the old toilet block in the Rec yet, we are already looking forward, and have ideas about how that building could be expanded in the future. Dale and Lucy have suggested forming a small courtyard by creating a second building, about the same size and shape… Read More

Avon Valley Shed is now a Charity 23 September 2020

We are delighted to announce that Avon Valley Shed has been registered as a charity. This emphasises our aims, which are: To promote social inclusion for the public benefit by seeking to prevent people within Fordingbridge and the surrounding area from becoming socially excluded, relieving the needs of those people who are socially excluded and assisting them to integrate into society through the provision of facilities in which they… Read More

FTC discuss toilet block lease 16 September 2020

Fordingbridge Town Council’s General Purposes Committee met on 16 September, and discussed our suggestions for a lease for the old toilet block. Ian Lemon presented on our behalf and did a great job. He says: Hi All, Just a quick update on tonight’s Council Meeting. Gary, Chris, and myself attended. The Town Councillors discussed our proposals and the previous terms of the Rugby Club Lease. After a discussion with… Read More

FTC discuss toilet block lease 7 September 2020

Fordingbridge Town Council’s Finance and Policy Committee discussed out use of the building on the recreation ground on 28 August 2020. The minutes of the meeting are available on the Council’s website. They raised questions about the terms of the lease, and the possible need for separately metered water and electricity supplies. The Salisbury Journal reported on the meeting and noted that “if the council wanted to consider the… Read More

Shed Meeting 29 July 2020

At a meeting on 29 July 2020, the group who are behind the Avon Valley Shed held a real, in person, meeting at Gary’s house. Socially distanced in the courtyard at the back of course, but it was good to meet properly instead of over the internet. We made progress with the bank account and our application for charitable status. Dale and Lucy presented some of their ideas for… Read More

Plans "moving forward" at last 9 July 2020

Our plans to use the building in Fordingbridge Recreation Ground are moving forward at last. The Salisbury Journal reports that the Town Council are backing the project, and are keen to put a lease in place so that Avon Valley Shed will finally have a place to use.