Men in Sheds West Bletchley

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  • in reply to: Managing the Dust Hazard #1421

    But that’s hardly a practical solution. Dust is a serious health issue that Sheds ignore at their peril.

    in reply to: Social Prescribing and Sheds #1253

    Hi Laura, I have perhaps a lead in to my GP Practice as I am a very active member of their Patient Participation Group. As part of our regular six-weekly PPG meetings, we now have a standard agenda item covering Men in Sheds West Bletchley’s activities where I provide an update on what we are doing, and what we plan to do. In addition, I regular contribute articles for the Practice newsletter, and we also now have a strap-line banner advertisement on the waiting room visual display so what we do is well known within the Practice and is supported wholeheartedly by the GPs and Practice Manager.

    In addition and outside of Men in Sheds, I am currently editing a “social prescribing” directory which lists all voluntary bodies in the Westbrook, Shenley Church End and West Bletchley areas of the wider Milton Keynes conurbation. This will be held on the Practice IT system as a fully searchable Excel spreadsheet which the GP can tailor to each patient during the consultation and “socially prescribe”. Men in Sheds is part of that with me as the contact.

    I have also through my PPG work, promoted the benefits of the Shed Movement more widely to the local Clinical Commissioning Group and a direct result of that is that I have a sympathetic ear in my Shed’s search for larger premises so if necessary, I could call upon contacts within the CCG to provide verbal backing to what we seek to achieve.

    It is not an instant ‘hit’ that will produce quick results, but something that requires dedication and patience. You often find yourself starting at first base to explain what Men’s Sheds are, and it is quite helpful to be able to have some sort of locally-based handout which gives a flavour of what we do. A newsletter is ideal for that if you have one, but given that I have a finite amount of time and have other interests, it is sometimes difficult to have something to hand which is up to date and relevant.

    One reservation which I have personally, and I stress it is personal, is we mostly do not have any medical training in how to manage requests to admit those who experience difficulties such as speech loss as a result of stroke or whose disability causes difficulties in adapting the Shed environment to meet those needs. We need to reach out to those people, but lack the experience and/or training to do so.

    Hopefully that is concise enough but happy to take this offline in more detail if necessary.

    With best wishes, Paul

    in reply to: New Shedder #1226

    Hi Chris,

    I’m sure that I speak on behalf of most when I say that we would welcome anybody who felt that they had something to contribute or get out of membership of our Shed. We do not discriminate on grounds of age or abilities.

    Sorry Steve, I have only just seen your response – seems the email alert failed to trigger a message in my mailbox!

    My Shed, Men in Sheds West Bletchley, is hosting the July gathering of the Buckinghamshire Shed Network and I have invited a speaker from UKMSA to come along and talk to those assembled about the work of the UKMSA and what more we can get out of our membership (It will probably be Laura I understand that comes). If free, you are most welcome to come along – it is to take place on Wednesday 11th July from 10.30 am until 2pm at the offices of West Bletchley Council. I will be sending out details to the Buckinghamshire Network nearer the time via our Google Group, but for now, I’m more than happy to add you to the distribution list so that you get an idea of the sort of things that go on so if you could email offline at pegwr33@gmail.com I’ll be pleased to take that forward.

    It might be a bit ambitious, but might a South East/South of England “Meet the Sheds” Event be worth organising where ideas can be exchanged? It was tried in a small way this way a few years back locally and spawned quite a bit of interest although it was before I got involved with Shedding so my knowledge is hazy at best but I know contacts who would be able to advise. Hiring a conference facility at a hotel or sports venue might be a cheap option if we could interest UKMSA or a sponsor to cover or part-cover the costs.

    With best wishes,


    in reply to: Insurance #1083

    I’d be very interested to hear from other Sheds about their experience of using the ‘approved’ insurer, Ladbrook either good or bad.

    in reply to: UKMSA 'Volunteer Ambassador' Paul Egerton #995

    Hi Roger,

    I’m sure you have already mentioned this to UKMSA, but I’ll raise it as we have an Ambassador’s meeting next week. First off though, someone needs to identify a potential meeting place. Do you know if the local authority has been approached as they often have property on their portfolio which they might be prepared to rent or better still, allow use of free of charge in the start-up phase? Once that has been identified, a public notice inviting expressions of interest can be issued.


    in reply to: What things is your Shed making? #967

    Just started turning some pegs to make Gardeners marker lines which we hope to sell at the local Carnival in June to make some money for the Shed.

    in reply to: Another possible victim! #966

    Hi Bob,

    Check first if there are other Sheds present in your area – this website has an excellent tool which will help you – and if not, do make contact with Laura Winkley, at UKMSA – email: admin@ukmsa.org.uk and she can point you towards lots of useful stuff.


    in reply to: insurance #947

    Hi Eddy,

    As an Ambassador, I’m hearing that some of the ‘new’ insurance suppliers are not properly understanding Shed’s needs. When I have evidence of this, I’ll be sharing it with the UKMSA.

    My own Shed has since day 1, insured with Zurich and found them to be fairly reasonable and responsive. We did that mainly because they are the insurers to our landlord, West Bletchley Council so their requirements were more than covered.

    Paul Egerton

    Hi Steve,

    Good to know that I’m not the only Shedder posting!

    We have a lose-knit group of Sheds based in the County of Buckinghamshire and come together on roughly a three monthly basis by rotation around each Shed with the host Shed arranging the programme. In between times, we exchange views/requests for information by means of a Google discussion group which I set up and administer. We have had discussions on a wide range of topics such as mental health, how to effectively use social media to promote the Shed, engaging with Bucks County Council’s waste reduction programme and our most recent meeting was an outing to the Greatmoor Energy from Waste plant that was organised by the Winslow Shed.

    We don’t yet have a web presence, but to be frank, we don’t need one as we are small enough to communicate between ourselves and via individual Shed websites.

    Tony Smith-Crallan and Kookie will be familiar to you as they are both located in your region. We regularly talk as Ambassadors but are always keen to hear about Shed stuff.

    Paul Egerton

    in reply to: Use of Facebook and other social media #905

    Hi Andy and welcome to the UKMSA Forum. We in West Bletchley use Social Media mainly to publicise what we are doing/events we are attending/or simply just to offer a new product or say something about another we are in the process of making.

    The important thing is to keep it simple but snappy and importantly, relevant. I’ve found that a good picture is essential. As to products, the Shed website is probably the best forum for that, so just provide a link in your social media post.


    in reply to: New website design #901

    I’ll echo both these comments. One thing I would note though, it takes some time for the UKMSA server to respond when you try to login, post or generally find anything. It’s not my service provider, as I have no problems with anything else.

    Now lets see some posts from Sheds!

    in reply to: Resource and plans library #898

    The RSPB also have a good number of free resources that can be downloaded. I was looking for a step-by-step guide on how to make and construct a Bee Hotel. I found this which I offer a a project that I know several Sheds have undertaken. https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/give-nature-a-home-in-your-garden/garden-activities/buildabeebandb/

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