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News November 2023

By John Pegram (Secretary) Christchurch Men's Shed

Tuesday, 12 December 2023


Christchurch Men's Shed Contributor


Tiz the time to be merry / drink sherry or just take refuge in the shed until it is all over!
Alas, the shed will be closed during Christmas week so you will just have to tough it out, but it will reopen for any survivors on Tuesday 2nd January 2024.
Last week was the final Monday morning "quiet" session for this year.
The plan is to restart Monday mornings some time later in January - watch this space!
Meanwhile, there is just time to get those last minute Christmas presents made!
If you are looking for the ultimate, non-shedding Xmas tree, forget Nordman Fir, Peter Aird is your man - but better be quick!
Here's the man himself with an early prototype:
Stop Press
Shock horror - Lenny did not win first prize at the skittles.
The lucky person this year was Carole Perkins.
Geoff Jones got the highest individual score of 12 from 3-balls.
And thanks to whoever donated the bottle of Barefoot Malbec - very drinkable!
The event raised a total of £358,70 for the shed - thanks to Jerry, Margaret and Janet for organising things and to everyone for their generosity!
We also have a few items for sale in the Bulstrodes auction next week to add to the kitty.
Shed Purchases and Acquisitions
It would be interesting to hear requests from members regarding new equipment for next year.
The workshop is pretty full as it is, so we might want to think about upgrades to existing machinery, additional hand tools or consumables.
Maybe an upgrade to one of the woodworking lathes, a couple of fine hand saws, some additional storage cupboards - let me know what you would like and we can put it to the Trustees
Next Year
I know I shouldn't be, as shedders are obviously fine gentlemen, but I am still surprised what a friendly bunch we are.
Membership is steadily growing as is the quantity and variety of projects coming out of the workshop.
We have received a couple of requests for community projects that members can get involved with and we are planning some general maintenance on the School buildings next year.
Donations of wood, especially hard wood, wood for turning or carving are always welcome. So, if you have any wood surplus to requirements, maybe from old furniture or left over from home projects, please let us know before taking it to the tip - we might be able to make better use of it!
If anyone has been thinking about joining us, you can be assured of a warm welcome (and maybe even a cup of tea) so why not make it a Resolution to start the New Year by dropping into the shed?
John Pegram
Christchurch Men's Shed
PS, whatever you do, don't show this picture to anyone outside the shed - they will think we just sit around talking and drinking tea.......

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.