Raffle for bumper Easter basket full of goodies!
The raffle draw will be held after the Coronovirus lockdown finishes – so hang onto your tickets!

Sale at Marks & Spencer, The Rushes, Loughborough, Thursday 5 March 10am – 3.30pm

We’re selling things we have made at The Charnwood Shed. Wood and ceramic items including bird nesting boxes, bug hotels, bowls, etc.

Also a RAFFLE for a bumper Easter basket!
The raffle draw will be held after the Coronovirus lockdown finishes – so hang onto your tickets!

Come along and help us get to our target of £12,500 to keep out Shed running for another year. The Shed provides a safe and sociable place for over-50s to learn new skills or continue life-time hobbies.

Pottery Classes at The Shed

Pottery at The Shed
Pottery at The Shed

Richard is organising a new session of pottery classes on Friday evenings at The Shed.

The pottery classes start this Friday 7th February 2020 and run up to and including Friday 27th March 2020. Time 8 pm to 10 pm.
Venue: Unit 9, Oaks Industrial Estate, Festival Way, Loughborough, LE11 5XN
The cost is £9 for a 2 hr session. 
Minimum sign up is 4 weeks.
Payment in advance in cash, participants can pay for 4 weeks at a time or for all 8 weeks in one go.
Maximum number 12 people.
Contact Richard Dowling on 07860 320429 to check availability.

No experience necessary, but if you have done pottery before you will be able to build on your experience and skills. If you can’t make the first week it may be possible to join in later.

Pots made at The Shed
Pots and vases made at The Shed

Donation from Loughborough Jubilee Rotary Club

Men & Women from the Charnwood Shed in Loughborough with Michael Charlesworth, President of Loughborough Beacon Rotary Club
Men & Women from the Charnwood Shed, Loughborough, with Michael Charlesworth, President of Loughborough Beacon Rotary Club

Michael Charlesworth, President of Loughborough Beacon Rotary Club, visited our Shed this morning and presented us with a cheque for £1000 raised through the efforts of their satellite club Jubilee. A big THANK YOU from all of us.

The Rotary Club recognise the important role The Shed plays in combating loneliness and social isolation amongst older residents, many of who do not have facilities for making things at home or a garden to potter in. Making articles from wood or clay is a really satisfying activity, especially when you can share ideas and knowledge with like-minded souls. But a well-equipped Shed like ours requires funding. So we are very grateful to the members of Loughborough Jubilee Rotary Club for their support.
Loughborough Beacon Rotary Club website >>

Receiving the cheque
Updating our chart
Updating the Funds Chart

Men & Women in Sheds at Loughborough Christmas Market

We had a stall at Loughborough Christmas Charity Market on Sunday 24 November. We sold items made by Men and Women in Sheds, Loughborough, a lot of them were made using reclaimed and recycled materials. We made over £400 towards the cost of keeping the Shed open.

Stall at Loughborough Christmas Charity market
A very Christmassy display!
Treasure hunt for the children – £1 to have 3 goes to find the treasure under a festive cup.
Christmas Tree with ornaments made at The Shed
Christmas ornaments made at The Shed

Raising funds to keep the Shed running

We get amazing support from AgeUK, Charnwood Borough, Leicestershire County Council and others but we need to raise more money to keep the Shed operating.

We make and sell items at various events and also receive commissions for things like benches and planters. See our Sales page >>

Since July we’ve raised more than £5,000! See our chart below. We’re aiming to raise £12,500 for the year – so we’re pretty much on target.

We’ve raised £5000 since July

“Outstanding” award for our Garden!

Outstanding certificate in Britain in Bloom awards
Certificate from Britain in Bloom

We’ve been awarded “Outstanding” in the “It’s your Neighbourhood” section of the Britain in Bloom awards.

The garden was judged on 3 criteria:

  • Community Participation
  • Environmental Responsibility
  • Gardening Achievement

and we received 87 out of 100 possible points which gave us the top Level 5 – OUTSTANDING.

Last year we achieved level 4 so all the hard work this year has paid off.

This is how the “garden” was when we started
Starting to build the raised beds in 2016
Completed raised beds and decking made by Men in Sheds. Veg coming along nicely. This year the vine on the south-facing wall produced delicious grapes.


Welcome to Men & Women in Sheds Charnwood at Loughborough.

If you are 50+ and interested in learning or sharing skills in a workshop environment then Men & Women in Sheds is for you!

  • Woodworking
  • Pottery
  • Model railway