I am pleased to say a number of new initiatives & changes have been introduced in the last few months down at the Shed. We have extended our opening hours on Tuesdays & Thursdays, gained 4 new members, & an additional 2 committee members. With the extended hours it opens up the opportunity for having lunch together & a chance to ‘put the world to right’! Members are invited to come for the full day, just the morning or the afternoon and to stay for lunch if they wish. It is also hoped that those less practical members who enjoy the social side of being a Shedder, can also come between 12.30-1.30pm to enjoy lunch and a chat with everyone else.

We have started the regular social sessions at the Runt in Tun (4th Monday in the month @7pm) & a breakfast get together at Hooks (2nd Monday in the month 9am). A diary of events is now available & this has been followed up with monthly newsletters to all members. Click on the links below to read or download our recent newsletters:

HMS Newsletter May/June 2022 (PDF, 401Kb)
HMS Newsletter April 2022 (PDF, 403Kb)
HMS Newsletter March 2022 (PDF, 490Kb)

We are now present at the Holy Cross market every 3rd Thursday in the month selling our wares. In addition, we will have stalls at the April, Oct, November & December Heathfield Farmer’s Markets & also Le Marche & the Rotary Classic Car show in August.

We have had quite a number of commissions since the 5 wooden planters we supplied via Brighter Heathfield located in the town. We completed a range of bird, bat, owl & dormouse boxes for the Parish Council & are currently working on a display unit & trays for the Union Church’s Community Food project. On site we have assisted with the planting of 10 Apple trees – part of Thatcher’s Community Orchard Project.

A full diary of events is now in place including further details of the above & also lathe training, wood carving & sculpture. A Curry evening  & Chinese night are in the pipeline as well as a number of visits to other Sheds & places of interest. The diary will continue to be enhanced going forward & members kept informed by newsletter & web.

We have a double whammy on Monday 4th April – we will have a presence at both the Parish Council’s Annual Assembly & also at a reception held by the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex linked with Age Concern Heathfield & District. We have been nominated for a Queens Award for Voluntary Services, in recognition of the work and support we give to the community & in particular during lockdown. It would be great to achieve this after 32 years local voluntary service!

We aim to maintain our membership fees as previous years at £35 & in addition have introduced a social membership category at £20. Subscriptions are due in May & if any members are not intending to renew, we would ask them to please advise. The membership fees only just cover our rent & we rely on our sales to cover the costs of utilities, materials & the like. All members are encouraged to assist with sales items in any way they can. If you are interested in possible membership, please contact us via email: or via Nic on 07850 992059. We have a small number of vacancies currently & if interested please let us know.

A number of Shedder’s recently underwent First Aid training together with volunteers from Age Concern’s medical car & bus services. This was very well attended & we aim to try to gain funds to allow us to fit a defibrillator on site.

It is important to mention that after 18 months or so, Ken decided to stand down from the Chairman’s role & Peter B has taken this back on board in the interim. Our AGM is in October this year & we are looking for nominees for this role to ensure continuity.

Peter Brock
Acting Chairman, Heathfield Men’s Shed

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