After a long, drawn out preparation period, punctuated by Covid lockdowns and restrictions, the Heathfield Men’s Shed was finally officially opened by Roger Daltrey on Saturday 18 September!

The sun shone and the outside shelter, mainly erected to provide cover in the event of rain, provided much needed shade. As well as the Shedders themselves and partners, guests included volunteer drivers from Age Concern, Huw Merriman MP, Amanda Hamblin (one of the Deputy Lieutenants of Sussex), Patrick Coffey, Vice Chairman of Heathfield and Waldron Parish Council, and representatives from neighbouring Sheds at Uckfield and Mayfield.

When not eating the delicious food prepared and served by a small army of willing helpers, guests could look around the facilities, watch demonstrations of wood turning by Peter Brock and Peter Coulstock, and some of the items we make for sale being worked on by Roger Dann and Peter Collyer (yes, yet another Peter!), or just make the most of an enjoyable social occasion.

Roger Daltrey was very interested in and impressed by the Shed itself and the facilities available, and spoke passionately and knowledgeably about the Men’s Shed movement and its benefits, complimenting all connected with the Heathfield Shed for bringing it to fruition – we had first talked with him about our aspirations at a Wealden Works presentation event over three years ago!

The shared site with Little Tinkers Nursery School and its surroundings offers lots of opportunities for inter-generational working and Roger, who is well known for his support for local youth projects, was prompted to make an impassioned plea for more to be done to improve facilities for local young people in general, before cutting the celebratory cake and ribbon to declare the Shed officially open.

The success of the day was down to many people working tirelessly before and during the day itself to ensure that everything ran smoothly – a fitting climax to several years of effort.

We now look forward to making the most of the excellent facilities we have!

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

Ken Jarvis
Chairman, Heathfield Men’s Shed

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Last updated 24 September 2021