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News April 2023

By John Pegram (Secretary) Christchurch Men's Shed

Friday, 2 June 2023


Christchurch Men's Shed Contributor


Workshop News

In the past few weeks, we have made good progress on the workshop layout - if you haven't visited for a while, you might be pleasantly surprised.

Wood has been moved to the new store freeing up a lot of floor space thereby allowing benches and machinery to be rearranged to make better use of the available work space.
The electrics on the belt sander have been refurbished and the unit is available to use.
Likewise our Myford-7 lathe is ready to go and the mini-mill just needs bolting down on its new base, so step forward metalworkers.
Our floor standing band saw is operational however the newly acquired "small" band saw needs new rubber tyres (and maybe a new blade)
The bench grinder has been fitted with a fully adjustable tool rest and a "fine" white wheel.
In addition, the chop saw, table saw, planer-thicknesser, wood working lathes, heavy duty and mini bench drills, the router table and the power tools are all good to go.
Planes, spoke shaves and chisels are all sharp, the workshop is nice and warm (and being North facing, it doesn't get too hot either)
So there is no excuse to put off those projects any longer.......why not drop in for a chat and a cuppa (if you are very lucky, there may be chocolate biscuits as well) and see what you could achieve! Don't be put off by any lack of workshop skills, there are always members happy to help and we are a friendly bunch!
Currently the workshop is open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings.
With workshop attendances increasing, the Trustees are looking to expand our working week.
For starters, Jerry will be opening up the shed on Monday mornings from the 12th June.
Monday mornings will be designated "quiet days" for members using mostly hand tools with the operation of machinery restricted so that noise and dust are kept to a minimum.
Some recent projects coming out out the shed included:
Micks blue chair - very nice Mick!
Bat and bird boxes for the Red House Museum
Cliff's pair of HiFi speakers - they sound good too!
New Members
Please welcome the following new members:
David Coulthard
Ian Maybank
Mark Ashton
And we have received a complaint! As you might guess it was from that well known trouble maker, Steve Clarke who claims he was never formally welcomed to CMS.
Well let me correct that omission right now - a big welcome to new (old) member Steve Clarke but Steve, if you tell me that the notice board is crooked one more time, I wont be held responsible for my actions.
On a sadder note, I have to announce the passing of Gerry Bird. Gerry had been ill for some time but coming to the shed he said, had helped take his mind of things.
RIP Gerry!
Forthcoming events
Two dates for your diary:
Our next Mudeford Club lunch is on Friday 2nd June at the usual start tine of 12.00 noon.
Jerry has booked the East Christchurch Sports and Social Club for a skittles event on the afternoon of Thursday 29th June.
Same venue as last time and again members and partners will be welcome.
More information on this shortly.
.....and a reminder that the Monday morning "quiet" workshop sessions will commence on Monday 12th June
Be there and be square(ish)!
John Pegram
Christchurch Men's Shed
PS This is not our new bench grinder set-up!

Contact Information

Robin Heels (Secretary)

  • 07547922246
Registered charity number 1175104

Find Christchurch Men's Shed

The Old School, 254 Lymington Road, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 5ET


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.