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Shoulder to shoulder is back and in this edition, we have an editorial followed by short articles covering: news of a homeless Shed; notice of a coracle event; what's going on with this newsletter; a who's who and an EGM announcement. 

I'm Mike Brading and you may or may not know that I have taken over as chair of the UKMSA from Mike Jenn, So, to those I don't know, "Hello" and I hope to meet you soon. I'm going to start with a bit of an editorial....

The UKMSA exists to "enable every man who wants to join a Shed to be able to". That means encouraging new Sheds to open and supporting existing Sheds so that they continue to thrive and, where possible, grow.

We've seen a large number of changes in the trustees and staff, and a lot has been going on mainly to continue to build a sound base to do our job. Examples include:

• A substantial grant for the Rayne Foundation to enable us to drive our Ambassador programme, which is all about getting out there and encouraging groups of people to start and run Sheds

• Recruitment of new operational team (see the who's who section below) and new trustees

• Appointment of Treasurer, Mark Lindsey, who has brought much clarity and order to our finances

• Jo Phillips of RVS (and also a trustee of the UKMSA) has run another round of ASDA funding, resulting in a number of Sheds receiving very useful boosts to get them going. Two others from the UKMSA were on the review panel for this great initiative and we thanks the ASDA foundation for its continued generosity.

• Getting more media coverage - there have been radio and TV appearances. We've been on national stations like Channel 4, LBC and Talk Radio, as well as BBC local radio in Cambridgeshire and Stoke.

• There's been a real increase in the number of people following us on Twitter and Facebook

• We've  started to improve our use of IT so we can get more done. This will carry on and we've started an IT Shed (which is in its early stages) to help us get more out of our systems.

The trustees and staff are committed to make the UKMSA a charity that represents the interests of Shedders in the UK, delivers real benefits to Sheds and builds a strong Shed community, enjoyed by our members and respected by everyone we come into contact with. In the July Shoulder to shoulder, we'll talk more about what we are going to do, which will include our plans to improve the information we supply (website, guides, etc.).

Finally, the most used part of our website is the Find A Shed section: that page has been visited 45,000 times this year so far. Most Sheds are on the map, but some are not and some that are have out of date information. Can I ask each Shed to have someone check their information and, if it is incorrect or missing, either email admin@ukmsa.org.uk or fill in the form at the bottom of the Find A Shed page? People are clearly trying to make contact with Sheds, often to join or offer donations; if your information isn't up to date, it makes it hard or impossible for them to get in touch.

Until next time, happy shedding!

Mike Brading
Chair, UKMSA
chair@ukmsa.org.uk

 

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Eastleigh Men's Shed are homeless

This is reproduced from the Southern Men's Shed Network Forum. By Andi Saunders on May 28, 2017 02:47 pm Just to let you all know, after three very happy years building up our workshops in Hamble, we are now desperately looking for a new home. We have always had a couple of NIMBY neighbours out to stop us, and now …

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Has your Men’s Shed built a Coracle ?

If it has, please join us at the Carmarthen River Festival 2017. It's being held on the River Towy at The Quay, Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire, SA31 3LN, on the 8th July 2017  from 4pm until 8.30pm (Main Event at 5.30pm) Who is us ? – The Frome Shed (Somerset) and the Ferryside Shed (Carmarthen), who have both made Coracles and will be participating …

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Shoulder to shoulder

First, apologies that Shoulder to shoulder has not appeared in the last two months. This is mainly due to the various things we have had to do relating to the changes in people at the UKMSA - however, I do regret and apologise for the gap. As of July, it will be relaunched in a new format with more information from …

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Who's who at the UKMSA

Shed Fest in Birmingham last October marked the start of a large number of changes to the people who run the UKMSA for its members. Here's an update of who's who: Victoria Little, Director of Services Victoria makes sure everything we should be delivering is delivered Kaye Lay, Shed Advisor Kaye acts as a focus for phone calls and emails into …

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Extraordinary General Meeting

The UKMSA is governed by its constitution. The new trustees want to make some small modifications to simplify trustee appointments and encourage wider representation on the board, especially across the UK. To do this we will be calling an EGM for July 12th and will put the changes forward for approval at that meeting, which we hope member Sheds will …

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Shed Leader - Please forward on this newsletter to all your Shedders who have email addresses, and encourage them to register for their own copy at:
http://ukmsa.org.uk/new-developments/

Otherwise please print and place on your noticeboard for those Shedders who don't use email.