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News - August 2020

By John Pegram (Secretary) Christchurch Men's Shed

Friday, 14 August 2020


Christchurch Men's Shed Contributor



(or as we used to say in the old days, greetings everyone!)
Our first socially distanced meeting was a success with 16 of us attending on the day.
Barry provided cake (thank you Sue!) and Les Mercer provided the entertainment when after cycling from Bournemouth, his lightweight camping stool collapsed!
So on that basis, I suggest we go again on Thursday 20th August at 2.00 pm at the same location just West of the main car park on the cliff top at Highcliffe (by the Cliffhanger Cafe).
If the weather gods are against us, I will email everyone on the morning to cancel!
Bring your own comfy chair and refreshments!
The Old School House
Work to get the lease in place is on-going and with everything in the hands of our solicitors, there is not much we can do right now to speed things along.
We submitted a document outlining the current condition of the Lower Hall which will serve as the reference point at take-over and have applied for grants from several funding streams for items such as PPE and other equipment to get the shed up and running once the lease is finally signed.
Does anyone think we could get away with applying for a grant for essential equipment such as an inflatable pub?
Home Shed Projects
Jerry has moved on and is now into carving wood sprites.
I hear that he has swapped one of his carvings for a bundle of tools for the shed - good work that man!
Mac has finished his carving of Mary Poppins.
Just to add to the challenge, Mac selected the hardest piece of wood he could find!
Can I take this opportunity to remind our carvers and whittlers that we will be needing a "green man" to go over the door in our new shed!
John Blakeman has been busy re-shaping his garden but did find time to make a couple of items for Mrs B's sewing room including a shelf
And John MacBean made a caddy for his collection of remotes (with just a hint of his taste in music)
Bikes for sale - all proceeds to Christchurch Men's Shed
Ladies / girls Ridgeback
Has been sitting unused under my carport for 5-years so there are some small rust spots but effectively the bike is brand new.
(and before anyone mentions it, I have turned the front forks the right way round - this was how it was put together by the bike shop!!!)
It is a small frame and would suit someone around 5ft.
Carrera Mountain bike
This is an "old school" mountain bike - no suspension, cantilever brakes and twist grip gear shifters.
It is my bike and has had plenty of use but is still in good condition.
If anyone is interested, please contact me on this email address: [email protected]
No reasonable offer refused and any money will go to our shed fighting fund.
Greystone's House
We have been back to remove the front reception desk and have salvaged some handy pieces of wood which are currently stored in our workshop.
Jerry and John MacB have fitted new curtain rails.
The decorators are working their way through the building and it is looking a lot brighter now.
I expect we will get a call to help out with putting the shelves and notice boards etc back in place at some time but as of now, there is no news on when Greystone's will reopen.
That's it for now folks!

Hope to see you at our next get-together!

John Pegram

Contact Information

Robin Heels (Secretary)

  • 07547922246
Registered charity number 1175104

Find Christchurch Men's Shed

Greystones House, Waterford Road, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 5JL


Additional Information

Located in the Lower Hall of The Old School. The Old School is near Highcliffe Medical Centre and opposite Highcliffe Play Park by the pedestrian light controlled crossing.