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One of the best bits of my job is visiting companies, organisations and charities.  I love to see the buildings that we insure (or might insure!) and meet the people who trust us to provide the insurance that keeps them safe.

This morning we visited Eastleigh Men’s Shed. Hidden away in the trees down a long country lane in the River Hamble Country Park, we had almost given up and decided we were lost when we chanced on a cluster of buildings lit brightly from the inside where we could see men wearing eye protection and dust masks - shoulder-to-shoulder - at work benches.  We had arrived at Eastleigh Men’s Shed!

A warm welcome awaited us with coffee and biscuits immediately offered by Brian and Andi.  Admittedly it was an invitation to make our own coffee – so as not to disturb the workers who were busily manufacturing wooden poppies and crosses for a commission to commemorate Remembrance Sunday.

A large wooden workshop with a row of benches front and back with another long, wide workbench running all the way down the middle.  An air purifier hangs from the ceiling and the hubbub of voices is broken by the whine of a lathe and scream of a circular saw.  My colleague - who was making his first-ever visit to Shed – described the scene before us as ‘organised chaos’, but it is more than that: Eastleigh Men’s Shed is a busy, working workshop where every activity has its place and where Shedders know where everything is.  Some of the workspaces are cluttered, but only with the necessary tools and the debris of the job in-hand.

The work-benches, of course, were made by the Shedders themselves with old fire doors making sturdy work-tops.  The Shed was also built by the Shedders on the concrete platform of a former hut which had housed some of the 40,000 servicemen stationed there in 1944 in the run-up to D-Day.  At the end of the morning shift the “lunch-bell rang” - or so it seemed - as everyone instinctively knew when to clear up for lunch.  Out came the industrial vacuum to suck up all the sawdust; the dust-pans and brushes to sweep the benches and floors; and the tools put back into neat rows on their shelves!

 Eastleigh Men’s Shed – a great place to spend time….if you can find it in the deep dark woods!

 Health & Safety Tips for Sheds

  • Fire Extinguishers – in-date, serviced and located under a sign which points clearly to them?
  • First Aid Boxes – in-date, full of all the right stuff, clearly visible and easily accessible?
  • Health and Safety Policy – read by all of your Shedders with printed copies available in the Shed?

 

Call us for a quote on 01256 770440 / email: john@wessex-insurance.com

In case of confusion, we insure lots of Sheds, but we are not in any way associated with the UK Men’s Sheds Association, though we’d quite like to be………. 

 

Wessex insurance Services is a trading name of Wessex Business Services Ltd which is registered in England and Wales - Company Number 11662181 and is Authorised and Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FRN 829601).

Sand Pit Lid

Pavilion Pirate Pre School recently asked if we could make them a lid for their very popular sandpit, the only problem was a tree growing thorough the middle of it.

Here is what we delivered to them today

The Usual Suspects

Yesterday, Rosie from Light UP Drama asked us for some help with scenery for her up and coming performance of Chicago, so today we made her some of these (models not included)

Dust Masks

We have been taking a very serious look at the risk of dust inhalation, So we contacted our old friends at Alpha Solway for some advice, and they sent us some information sheets and then sent us some of their Alpha Flow dust masks to try out. First impressions are that they are top quality and very comfortable. here are Phil and Geoff being the first to try them out

  • Busy Day at the shed

    We had a busy day at the shed on Tuesday, we built two raised beds for a local primmry school

  • and this outdoor dining table for a local customer

  • Raised Beds

    earlier this week, we installed some raised beds at Bursledon Railway Station,

  • they have now been planted with Sunflowers and Cosmos by the children of Buttercups pre school which they have grown from seed,

  • they'll need watering but will soon look great

Berrywood School Play-shop

Today we delivered the newlyconstructed play shop for the Year R's at Berrywood school in Hedge End. They are going to have a lovely surprise after their Easter Holiday.

If any other schools or playgroups in the area want something similar contact us at info@eastleighmensshed.co.uk.

or come along and meet us at the Botley Community Centre on Saturday 18th May more details to follow soon

Mike one of our members was recently asked by his osteopath to make him a wall mounted rack for storing yoga mats. no sooner said than done

What have we been building lately?

So the Mystery is now over, We Built five of these large Toy Storage Boxes for the Year R Playground at Berrywood School in Hedfe End. we also adapted a wooden workbench for them.

Our next project for them is going to be a wooden playshop, watch this space for more news

  • Trevor & Brian Return the Rocking Horse home

    Trevors wife told us that the rocking horse on the childrens ward at Southampton General hospiital, had lost it's mane, tail and reigns and was looking very sorry although still loved by the children

  • Here's the horse restored to it's full glory

    Trevor, Brian and Steegie have worked wonders, we purchased a new mane and tail, and we were donated a carbon fibre tube and resin by easycomposites Ltd
    Unit 39, Park Hall Business Village, Longton, Stoke on Trent, ST3 5XA.
    The horse has now returned home ready for many more years of service. Well done lads

More planters for local railway stations

This month we have delivered four large planters to Eastleigh Railway Station and another two to Millbrook station. As usual they were commissioned by Three Rivers Community Rail Partnership who we have been working wiyth for nearly four years, they are a great team of local volunteers who give up their time to keep our local stations looking as good as they do

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.

Flower Presses

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

info@eastleighmensshed.co.uk

 

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 andi@eastleighmensshed.co.uk

 

 

 

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

 

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

https://hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk/bursledon-windmill

 

We Build Bespoke Planters

This one is 3.7 metres long and looking beautiful in it's new home

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 info@eastleighmensshed.co.uk for more details

 

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!