Complete lockdown for the first three months of 2021 inevitably delayed progress on the opening of the workshop, but since then Shedders have been working hard, within the Covid restrictions, to equip and prepare it for use.

As well as finishing off items such as insulation and electrics, it has now been fitted out with equipment bought using the generous grants from various organisations and is ready for items to be made and sold using largely recycled wood.

The Shed will be open for use by Members from Tuesday 3 August 2021. Normal sessions will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 – 2 for both using the workshop or simply having a cup of tea and a chat – providing a space for men to connect and socialise is as important as providing facilities to make things! Despite the various Covid restrictions plenty of new friendships have already been forged.

We are also keen to make use of the wider opportunities that the site offers, and to develop inter-generational joint projects with the Little Tinkers staff and children. Links have also already been made with other local organisations such as Brighter Heathfield, the Heathfield Bonfire Society and the Heathfield Benefice, and those will continue and develop.

We have tried to create an environment that is as safe as possible for everybody using the facilities given the potentially dangerous nature of some of them, so health  & safety has been a priority – anybody using any item of equipment will first receive training in its safe use.

Following all the preparations outlined above, we are delighted that the Shed will be officially opened by Roger Daltrey on Saturday 18 September.

Since the early days of the Shed, even before we had physical premises of our own, we have produced items for sale at local markets to raise funds to support our continued operation. We will be at various local events during the remainder of this calendar year – it would be great to see you at any (or all!) of them:

25 July – Horam Manor Farm Market
15 August – Heathfield & Waldron Rotary Car Show (Waldron)
30 August – Le Marché
Oct/Nov/Dec – Heathfield Farmers’ Market (dates tbc)

If you are interested in finding out more about this exciting project, or are able to support us in any way, we would love to hear from you.

You can contact us by email at
or by phoning 01435 866960
or speak to Nic (our Membership Secretary) on 07850 992059

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Last updated 17 July 2021