Garden during summer 2020

During the lockdown we were still able to pop in and water the garden and plant up a few thing. It has flourished and provides fresh veg – and grapes – and is a quiet place just to sit and chat.

Seedlings are started off in the greenhouse – which was made from empty plastic water bottles and bamboos.

From Deirdra

Trish and I are looking forward to the reopening of the Shed.  We have now been going for almost 3 years and miss the company and support we get from all the wonderful Shed community.  This is a picture of the last project we worked on together to raise funds for the Shed.  We had lots of help from Trevor, who made sure we ‘did it right’!

Footrest made by Trish and Deirdra to raise funds for Charnwood Shed
Footrest made by Trish and Deirdra to raise funds for the Shed

Easter Raffle

Due to the Covid situation we were unable to draw the raffle on April 7th as intended but we have finally done it. Susie will be delivering the prizes in the next few days.

!st  Prize….A Regency Hamper (Downton Hamper with red wine) Blue ticket 279
2nd Prize…M&S Bottle of Merlot    Blue ticket 347
3rd Prize…M&S Belgian collection chocolate biscuits.   Yellow ticket 452

Thank you to everyone who contributed, we made over £100 for the shed!

Missing my Tuesday fix!

It’s Tuesday and I’m missing my fix – my usual weekly session at Men and Women in Sheds in Loughborough.
Owen and Shedders have been working hard to get the Shed Covid-safe so hopefully it will open again soon.

Pottering around my garden at home I see some of the things I made at The Shed:

Staging for strawberries and seed trays in the greenhouse
Garden table and store to keep bamboos and garden stakes in order
Frame to support climbing roses

Also made several planters. I have a long list of other items that I’ll be creating as soon as we get back!


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.

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