Norwich Mens Shed introduction Video Aviva Norwich Community funding bid

here is a new video we made for our community funding bid to Aviva Norwich

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Andys News Round Up March 2015 Norwich Mens Shed

Message From Andy Wood

Dear Shedders

Welcome to this edition of the Norwich Men’s Shed Bulletin, particularly to the new Shedders amongst you; this will be your first bulletin as I haven’t done one for  while.  Since we re-opened in February after our move to Pitt Street in January, we have had a steady stream of visitors leading to an upsurge in new members: we now have over 50 shedders!  If you’ve not been down to see the new place, what are you waiting for – get shedding!

Open All Hours!

Opening times for visitors and new shedders as well as members, remain as published: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays 2 – 5 pm and Thursdays 7 – 9 pm  Once you’ve had your induction and become a member, there are additional times you can attend.  These are from 11 am on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Your Help is Needed

We’ve also set aside Monday afternoons (2 – 5 pm) to do development and maintenance work on the building.  This place has got bags of potential but more needs to be done to bring other areas of the building into a usable state.  We would really appreciate a few more people showing up for this.  Come and get involved!  We are particularly keen to get a good turn out on Easter Monday (6th April) to work with our new neighbours at clearing up the shared outside space.  We’ll be hiring a skip to get rid of the rubbish that’s accumulated.  We can create some more car parking and even a garden!  Access to the old lean-to’s will also enable us to make use of them for storage and bike park and possibly create an area for car maintenance and blacksmithing.

Have You Got a Trades or Professional Background in Woodwork or Metalwork?

If you have, we need your help to ensure other users know how to use the machinery correctly.  Its purely about ensuring safe use, not about skills development.  Could you spare an afternoon to help us clear others as ‘Competent Users’?  Please give me a call or see me or Paul at the Shed.

Forthcoming Attractions

The Norwich Hackspace group are using the Shed on the evening of Monday 30th March for a joint meeting between us and them.  I wasn’t sure what a ‘hackspace’ is, so here’s Marion’s description:

“Hackspace activities are as diverse as the members and can include cooking, knitting, felt-making as well as engineering, woodwork, electronics

The main difference (with Shedding) probably is the funding model, women and a higher emphasis on new technology and cutting edge digital tools – ie expensive equipment that individuals can’t afford.”

Yes, there will be women in the Shed (but not during a Men’s Shed session though)!  Do come along and see what you make of Hackspace.

Like a Bit of Drama?

Also, Martin, one of our regular Shedders, is running a community theatre project on Sunday afternoons, and he’s very keen to involve more Shedders.  He needs musicians, and set makers as well as budding thespians!  Contact Martin to find out more via the shed.

Whittling Returns on 16th April

Pre-Christmas members will remember that Thursday evenings usually meant the chance to do some whittling and green woodworking in sessions run by Graeme.  And now he’s back!  Graeme has volunteered to run green woodworking on the 3rd Thursday of the month.  Green woodworking uses wood cut straight from the tree and pre-electricity powered tools: so that’s carving knives and foot-propelled pole lathes.  Graeme will provide all equipment and show you how to do it.

New Leaflet Ready

With a big thanks to Nic, our new, full colour leaflet is ready to be rolled out across our fine city.  Please do pick some up from the front desk and distribute them where you can.

Don’t forget

The regular Users group meeting: every Tuesday 1 – 2 pm.

Please note

The Shed and MensCraft now have a new shared number: (01603) 627074 and 07584 253 441

Look forward to seeing you down the Shed

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Seeking Skilled Craftsmen Volunteers

Norwich Mens Shed Voluntary Sessional Supervisors
We wish to recruit one or more volunteers who are experienced craftsmen of any kind (but preferably woodworkers), and are used to helping others to develop their practical skills.
The Norwich Mens Shed is a physical resource. a workshop for men to use or develop practical skills that can be put to good use – to make or repair things for themselves, the community or to sell.
It is aimed at men who may not have their own shed, or who want to join in with others in doing practical projects.
Ideally volunteers would be willing and able to either supervise others using the Shed or to support the supervision and induction of new participants.
The role will be carried out at our premises in central Norwich.
Commitment: Tues PM, Wed PM, Thurs PM.
Equal Opportunities Policy: Menscraft has an Equal Opportunities Policy, but the Shed is a male only project and requires male supervisors.
Expenses: Yes – travel and parking
Induction: Yes
Insurance Cover: Yes
Supervision and Support: Regular and frequent supervision
Training: Any training that is necessary
Type of activities
Practical work
Contact:  tel: 07717055543

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We are Now Open Again For Business in our shiney new place

Norwich Mens Shed to re-open Tuesday 3rd February at 2 pm


47 – 51 Pitt Street, Norwich, NR3 1DE (opposite the mirror and framing centre on Pitt street near the Duke Street/inner ring road roundabout)


Contact number 07584 253 441 (Andy)


Thanks to everyone who has inquired about the Shed over the past month, and thank you for your patience.  As hoped, we are ready to re-open our doors at our new premises to existing and would-be shedders.  Visitors and inquirers may visit us on the following days.  You will receive a warm welcome by our ‘meeter and greeter’ for the day.  He will show you around, take some details and find out your interests.  Get straight into something or take your time to suss us out.  All levels of skill catered for.  Get on with your own project or get involved in one of ours.  Help is on hand for beginners or those just wanting to try some activity. No pressure to do any activity just come for a chat and a cuppa ! Currently we have woodworking, green woodworking, metalwork, mechanics, music and electronics pc repair and build activities.  We now have space to develop new projects and activities so it’s a great time to pay us a visit and share your thoughts on things you would like to do.


Public opening Times at the Shed*

Initially at least we will resume our previous opening times, although these will be reviewed once we get back to normal:

  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays 2 – 5 pm;
  • Thursdays 7.00 – 9.00 pm

* There are additional opening times for members.  Membership is free to anyone once a basic induction into our values, operational practices and safety procedures has been complete.

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We are Moving location in 2015 to a New Bigger place

Hoo Rahh we have the keys for the New building work has commenced already a few plan changes but im sure we will all get it looking ship shape in no time at all See you all on the 2nd of January 2015 at the new place have a Fabulous Christmas and Happy New year

The updated address and map is shown to the Right of this blog page in Pitt Street

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Andys Update News New Building

Dear Shedders
The move will soon be on to our new premises on Pitt Street.  The final deliberations with the new landlord over the lease should be complete this week and hopefully we’ll have the keys so we can start the work on getting the building fit for our purpose.  At yesterday’s Users Group meeting we prepared a schedule of work to be done as soon as we have those keys.  First in will be an electrician to ensure the electricity supply to the ground floor (we know that its working ok on the first floor).  Then we can start on our fit out plans.
The aim is to make the move over the first weekend in January, ie Fri 2nd to Sunday 4th Please put this date in your diary and come along to help if you can.
We need help with the fitting out and the move from as many of you as possible.  You can come to the next Users group meeting (every Tuesday, 1 – 2 pm) or you can let me know via email if you can help, and when and how.  There will be lots to do both in the lead up and during the move itself.  If you have a van or access to one, or a trailer then we’d love to hear from you.
Use of the Shed during this transition
Our aim is to minimise the disruption to the normal Shed activities as much as possible, and inevitably we will close for a short period over Christmas.  I am still waiting to see how long this might need to be for, and will let you know as soon as I can.  Meanwhile, the Shed continues to be open as usual, that is: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturday afternoons, 2 – 5 pm and Thursday evenings 7- 9 pm.


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Update and Begging list Norwich Mens Shed seeking support and business Sponsors

Hi Guys things have been super busy for the shed over the last few weeks,A begging list plus just a small update on some things that are going on,most of you will be aware that the imminent move to the pitt street location is under way, it seems like this is almost signed and sealed so only a few more days until we can clarify this for definate, in anticipation we have been trying to plan a few things and have a list of stuff we need to try to get hold of so we are asking for some help in getting hold of a few things. If you know of some of them or could donate time or items please chip in and respond where possible.
Items or things we need are:
A free large Van with a tail lift for a few days or several smaller vans and people to help out moving stuff.

A CHEAP or FREE commercial Qualified Electrician who could certifiy an instalation with the right paper work, this would only require minimal work and a bit of testing as we would do 98% of the fix, Free Advertising recommendations offered in Return for services rendered/ given free !!

any 900mm wide doors? internal ones? sheet wood materials or plasterboard for stud walling

as a secondary consideration we would appreciate any donations of :screws posidrive ones,
current electrical standard cable 2.5mm2 for a ring main
sockets double and surface mounted boxes,
plastic conduit,
red and brown rawl plugs in fact any fixings!!
any lengths of copper pipe fittings and or plastic push fit 15mm, a white toilet and cistern.
wooden solid garage doors? pair of?

A second hand straight Stair lift for disabled access we can install or remove if one was available we need to get up about a fraction more than a standard house 23 steps ? or accept donations for a new one.

suplementary requests; we are still seeking an Anvil and some blacksmiths tools the forge is almost made. any steel that can be donated is always handy. as are all bolts and fixings

seeking a Bandsaw for wood

we are also still taking on projects to make things to help us fund our move so we could swap things or our services/advertising for what we need.
We activly encourage businesses to sponsor us on an ongoing basis for example we are eternaly greatful to Norwich Estates for the continued support and donations of wood.


New Lathe Baby

Gentlemen May I proudly Introduce you to our New Baby A Myford ML 7 Lathe with milling capability Im Turning over with excitement to get this little baby running, also Bob will be Thrilled as we also took delivery of a Buffing Machine twin spindle with soap and spare pads and a whole heap ( garage full) of other tools thanks to a Lady Called Leslie, whos partner Sadly Departed, but has left us this greatful legacy, we are sure he would be proud to know that we will respect and make full use of his legacy. as a mark of this we will put a plaque on the lathe. and also try to help leslie out. If i can Gain some more info that his partner is willing to publish about his life i will. we are so pleased that the tools of one true tinkerer and skilled person are available to help others persue the same passion and pleasures in life. With Thanks and on behalf of all the guys, we bow down to thee a humungos help!

mens shed lathe

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A big thanks To Steel Masters Norwich

A Big Thank You to Steel Masters Norwich Fabricators   rackheath

For the Donation of the Steel plate for our welding bench that is under construction.

also allowing us to skip dive for a few odd scraps of metal for welding practice

we really appreciate your donation and help John

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New Opening times its official

The Norwich Shed will resume service as normal from 2nd September following our August closure for maintenance and stocktaking.  Some addtional opening hours have been agreed, which we’ll be trialling in September.  This will require more members to volunteer to help run sessions.  .
The new opening times are:
Tuesdays and Wednesdays:     2 – 5 pm
Thursdays:                              7 – 9 pm
Saturdays:                              2 – 6 pm*
*The machine room will not be open on Saturdays for the next few weeks until we can more users cleared to use them.  Julian is geared up for doing this over the coming weeks, so do pop in and arrange a time with him to get clearance to use the machines unsupervised.
There are two additonal opening times for members only:-
Tuesdays and Wednesdays:    10 – 1 pm
Don’t forget that everyone is a member once you have had your induction.  The Induction proceedure takes about 20 -30 minutes and is just to ensure you are familiar with the required health and safety procedures.  Peter is available over the next two weeks to do more inductions.
The weekly Users group meeting – open to anyone – will now be on Tuesday lunch times, 1 – 2 pm.
We look forward to seeing you at the shed



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