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ShedFest 2024 

 

Thursday 11th July 2024 Worcester University Arena

 

What an absolutely unbelievable day at ShedFest 2024, officially our biggest ever!
 
 A whopping 500 of you smashed our ticketing system in record time to join us at the University of Worcester Arena for the day to network, share ideas, join multiple workshop sessions, watch demonstrations and attend our AGM to help steer our strategy going forward.
 
 
We operate as a small team, so our immediate thanks and gratitude are expressed to the small army of Shedders, our ambassadors & trustees, who helped us with setting up late in to Wednesday evening, which we couldn’t have done it without you – thank you all.
 
 
Our amazing partners helped all our guests have a special takeaway goody bag, featuring a pot of paint, carpenters’ pencil, biscuits, tea bag, a copy of Sorted Magazine, a UKMSA mug, and a copy of our 1,000 Faces book. These generous donations were thanks to Ronseal, Tite-Fix, Ladbrook Insurance, Taylors of Harrogate, Grandma Wild’s, The Cotton Textile Company and Sorted Magazine.
Comedian and author Geoff Norcott, opened this year’s ShedFest following an introduction from Rob Lloyd, our chair of trustees.
 
 
In our exhibition hall, Hobsons Brewery drew plenty of attention with their pop-up bar showcasing our very own Shed Ale. They can also support your Sheds fundraising with the Shed Ale, some further information to follow. Click Here for Shed Ale
 
Ronseal ran a competition to ‘win everything on the table’ and Ladbrook Insurance also had a draw to win vouchers and goodies among a long list of activities and games on display throughout the hall.
 
 Over 30 exhibitors in total helped with resources, fundraising, craftwork, health and wellbeing, and more, including Royal British Legion, who we launched a partnership with earlier this year.
 
 Our friends at Carveco (one of the event sponsors), Axminster Tools & Woodworkers Workshop led the way with some brilliant practical demonstrations of their craft and digital software for designers. Fellow workshops throughout the day to name a few included advice on Shed vitality, mental health in Sheds, DBS myth busting, IT for Sheds, and suicide intervention.
 
 We’ve been inundated with positive reviews, comments and thank yous in our inboxes and on our social media channels since the event, Thank you to everyone involved and our sponsors; Carveco, Wessex Insurance, and our paint champions, Ronseal.
 
We can’t wait to do it all again next year, watch this space for updates and announcements on the date, venue and tickets.
 
Thank you to everyone who joined us for making ShedFest 2024 our biggest and best ever!

 

ShedFest 2024  UK Men’s Sheds Association’s annual celebration of Men’s Sheds across the UK.

 

This year’s keynote speaker for ShedFest2024, was comedian and author of ‘The British Bloke Decoded’- Geoff Norcott

 Shedders from across the UK, exchanged banter, advice about tools and running Sheds, and attended some great talks including ‘Using technology in your Shed’, ‘Mental Health Session’, and ‘DBS Mythbusting’ presented by DBS Outreach Service and more. There were live demonstrations for those looking for more practical creative advice. It was the biggest-ever exhibition hall with our partners, including Ronseal, Tite-Fix, Metalcraft, Lumberjack, Carveco, and more.

Congratulations to the winners of a signed copy of Geoff Norcotts epic book ‘The British Bloke Decoded’

Turned Item
Ice Cream and Snowman by Blew Shed

Other item
Three Men – Richard Shearing, Shrewsbury Men’s Shed

Wildlife Habitat
Birdbox/Borrowers House – James, Colwyn Bay Men’s Shed 

Click images to enlarge.

Live Tweet or share on your socials using the hashtag #UKShedFest2024

SHEDFEST PROGRAMME

 

List of exhibitors

  1. St John Ambulance
  2. Arthritis Action
  3. Tools With A Mission
  4. UKMSA Health & Wellbeing Advisory Group (HAWAG)
  5. Onduline
  6. Lumberjack Tools
  7. Tite-fix
  8. Axminster Tools
  9. Carveco
  10. Ronseal
  11. Metalcraft
  12. Gloucester & District Model Boat Club
  13. Alzheimers Society
  14. Cancer Research UK
  15. Cruse Bereavement Support
  16. Silvertime Legal charge
  17. Tackle Prostate Cancer
  18. Wessex Insurance charge
  19. Cadent Gas
  20. UKMSA Ambassadors
  21. The Migraine Trust
  22. R-tech Welding
  23. OP Woodcraft
  24. At a Loss
  25. UKMSA Membership Table
  26. Shed Competition Entries
  27. Shed Competition Entries
  28. Camerados
  29. Repair Cafes Cymru (RV) form sent to Phoebe 6Jun24
  30. Dare Valley MS ‘green woodworking’ (RV) form sent to Darren 6Jun24
  31. Warm Spaces Campaign (RV) booking form sent to David Barclay 6Jun24
  32. Safe Foundation ‘coffee and tea? (RV)
  33. Helpu Cymru
  34. Phil Parkes Chain Maille
  35. Eagles Nest MS
  36. Blaenau Gwent Men’s Den
  37. Mobile museum shed on a trailer
  38. Grow Rhondda/Men’s Shed Treorchy/Tynewydd
  39. Fraud Table
  40. James Place
  41. Zero Suicide Alliance
  42. Utility Warehouse (UW)

 

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