May the sunshine continue
Last Wednesday saw our friends Southern Timber Frames deliver the IBeams and Sheet material for our new workshop roof, 25 Beams and 36 sheets of T&G OSB, and there were only five of us there to unload it. as it was late in the day it was all stacked up and left for the night, on Thursday the team in atttendance managed to get more than half of the IBeams in place. Then on Monday Bryan, Trevor and Johhny carried on with the work managing to get some of the OSB installed as well. We are just hoping for a break in the weather on Wednesday and Thursday to try and get the job finished, so that we can get the roofing contractors in fit the felt.
At last some decent weather
We will be holding our AGM at Paulines Lodge, Cricket Activity Centre, Pylands Lane, SO31 1BH
from Midday on Thursday 12th April
Sarah an artist from Winchester recently asked if we could produce some flower presses for her?
This is what we have done, she will now decorate and personalise them, she aslo does the same with bedroom door plaques.
If you have any commission work for us please get in touch
Our New Shed Site
Heavy Duty Planters
This week we completed work on and delivered three large wheelchair friendly planters to Countess Mountbatten Hospice in West End. they are going to be used by patients during physiotherapy / ocupational health sessions. We hope they will give lots of pleasure to all that use and see them. If we can help anyone else with siniler projects please get in touch email@example.com
Wood finishing talk
On Thursday many of the team gathered to hear a talk on the use of wood finishing products, given by Mark from Liberon Limited who manufacture a wide range of top quality wood colouring and finishing products.
Mark is very knowledgeable and passionate about the whole process of colouring and protecting wood, he was able to give great hints and tips and answer a wealth of questions from those present.
We would like to thank him for coming along to see us and for his long commute from Devon.
Busy times at the Shed
This week the team have been busy building some large Trough style planters for the Countess Mountbatten Hospice. this is a place close to the heart of our Vice Chairman Brian who reguarly gives up his spare time to volunteer around their gardens and also as a host for first time family visitors.
These monster planters are designed with Wheelchair users in mind. as you can see in the picture most of the work is being done outside as one takes up half of the main workshop and took six of us to carry it, so they will be hard to steal once the are filled with earth and planted
Southern Mens Shed Network
Eastleigh Mens Shed were pleased to host the January meeting of the Southern Mens Shed Network, on Monday 15th January at Pilands Wood Community Centre
Our good friends at Tried and Tested Tools came along with a selection of their tool range and some generous donations to the tool raffle.
As well as the usual tea and coffee with a selection of cakes and biscuits, we provided a hot pasty or sausage roll or a healthy option of a root vegetable soup and a granary roll.
The soup made by Sue our chairman's wife went down very well, but it appears that many also needed to have a pasty or sausage roll as well. Luckily we had prepared enough of everything to go around even if the "Healthy Eating" message was a little lost in translation.
The meeting was well attended by many of the local sheds, with a wide variety of subjects being covered. We now look forward to the next meeting being held by Romsey Mens Shed in their new building sometime in April
In the meantime watch this space for updates on our search for a new home
Hugh, Neville, Andi & John delivering the raised planters to the Mansbridge Community Allotment on Thursday
We can build planters and other garden furniture to order
contact us at
firstname.lastname@example.org or ring Andi on 07547 918966
Busy days at Shed
Today we sent a three man team to Berrywood Primary School, to replace a rotten wooden surround to one of the bamboo trees, it now looks good with it's new deck surround. meanwhile back at the shed the guys were giving the school car a fresh coat of paint, should be ready for its MOT tomorrow. Chris and Ken are working on the EBC info board and Graham with his electrical repairs. more commissioned projects to be completed tomorrow and next week including raised beds and a woodstore.
Lime washing at the windmill
For the past two Fridays, we have had a team working at Bursledon Windmill, the inside walls needed a fresh coat of Lime Wash. so armed with disposable boilersuits and paintbrushes we have managed to finish the whole building all five floors in a couple of sessions. Well done to Johnny O, Neville, Bruce, John B, Trevor and Andi.
The windmill is well worth a visit, It's over 200 years old and is the only working windmill in Hampshire. one of our next projects is to make them a large raised bed to go by the main barn entrance
Check them out, they are open on Sundays 10-4
We Build Bespoke Planters
Do you have bare spaces in your garden, we can help you to fill them with our bespoke planter service.
We will build any planter of you choice, any size and from a variety of materials to suit every pocket.
Just give us some dimensions and any preferences and we will give you a very competitive price
contact email@example.com for more details
Eastleigh Mens Shed are looking for a new home
After three and a half years in existence on their current site, the twenty plus members of “The Shed” are now in danger of being made homeless, on the back of an out of date covenant placed on the land in the 1920’s.
The group who only meet for a few hours twice a week, making and repairing things for the local community.
They are now looking for any space in which to re-locate, ideally a small building that can house a reasonable sized workshop, but having built their workshop from scratch using lots of recycled materials they would also be able to build again should anybody be able to provide a small amount of land.
If there is a local business or landowner able to help please contact them by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by telephone 07547 918966.
Their website www.eastleighmensshed.co.uk will give you an insight into their valuable work and some of the great project that they run, including weekly table tennis for seniors and a monthly Repair Café.
Eastleigh Mens Shed
Eastleigh Mens Shed was established early in 2014, by it's four founder members Hugh, Bryan, Graham and Andi. from a small group meeting in a pub twice a month we now have in excess
of twenty members meeting at our Hamble base on at least three days per week.
Eastleigh Mens Shed is a larger version of the typical man’s shed in the garden – a place where he feels at home and pursues practical interests with a high degree of autonomy.
Eastleigh Mens Shed offers this to a group of such men where members share the tools and resources they need to work on group projects or one of their own choosing at their own pace and in a safe, friendly and inclusive venue. We are a place of skill-sharing and informal learning, of individual pursuits and community projects, of purpose, achievement and social interaction. A place of leisure where men come together to work.
A Shed’s activities usually involve making or mending in wood (e.g. carpentry, joinery, turning, carving, whittling, marquetry, furniture renovation) but may include metalworking (milling, sheet metal, welding, etc.) bike repair, gardening, electronics, tool renovation, boat renovation, model engineering (model railways, planes) and even building a car! Reclamation, reuse and restoration will feature strongly – and some say that is true of the men too! Although Sheds mostly attract older men, some have included men of any age, women and young people. Whichever activities are pursued the essence of a Shed is not a building, which some don’t have, but the network of relationships between the members.
A New Name for our Train
What a good evening 3 Rivers had last night at Chandlers Ford Station.
They had a steady stream of visitors and passengers come and partake in some seasonal food and drink, which helped to promote the work of the partnership at the station.
A competition was run to name the new wooden train planter on the old platform, with the winning name of “Fordy” being picked randomly out of a box. Well done to Julie, who came up with this fitting name, and we shall be sending her a prize in the New Year. She has also started us thinking about putting spring bulbs into the planter in the next few weeks to start bringing the train into its proper use!