Coronavirus — click HERE for more information
13.03.2020. It is with great sadness that due to the ever-evolving situation with Coronavirus COVID-19, we have decided to suspend Shed activities until further notice. We will review the situation daily of course and let you know if anything changes.
One could say that it’s been a tough decision because combatting social isolation is one of the primary aims of the Men’s Shed, and now we’re telling you not to come! However, it has also been a very easy decision to make with the information available at this time. The older generation are at significantly higher risk from respiratory illness caused by COVID-19 so, because we value you all, it’s very easy to say 'let’s not get together at this time' if it saves even one of you from getting this nasty virus!
We hope you understand.
In the mean time, please hook up with us on Facebook if you have an account there, and we can all continue to share projects and neat ideas that we find online. We encourage you to make the most of resources like YouTube — there are so many amazing makers making inspiring videos there. As things progress we’ll also look at ways in which we can even have online meet-ups so stay in touch and we’ll let you know.
with our best wishes to you all, please stay safe, we’ll no doubt see you all again soon.
Marcel — Shedder General
Mark — Shed Chairman
Where on earth?
Go past the airport heading west, when you see "Emergency Gate 1" on your right, turn left into Rue des Hèches. We're 100m on the right.
It's the same site as Edible Guernsey — look out for their hedge-veg stall at the gate.
The Story So Far…
It started with Patrick Abrahams from the Frome Shed in Somerset speaking at a conference which inspired a few people to set up a Shed in Guernsey. There were meetings and excited dreams being shared then… picture a shed with decades of detritus piled up everywhere, windows smashed out and 'unauthorised openings' in the roof letting the outside grow inside!
We started by sorting the junk and dumping more than 40 tonnes of it! It was an extremely hard and demoralising process.
The stripping back eventually slowed and we started adding to the building — most notably a roof!
Most notably we hosted a wonderful 'sharing' event with many other agencies and organisations who we thought would be interested to know what we were up to. Our aim: to leave them thinking about how their patrons, services users and clients would benefit from the Men's Shed and Makerspace.
Toilets got demolished. Toilets got built. Toilets got plumbed.
It was a massive leap forward in terms of 'comfort' and the general usability of the shed.
All the while, our merry band grew stronger and closer week by week. We were "Shedding"!
The kitchen got finished so we moved our 'catering' facilites from the north shed to the south. Goodbye BBQ! ;(
Instead of just plastering the internal wall, Michael agreed to workshop the process. Over a few weeks more than a dozen guys and gals — aged 12 to 90yrs — had a go a not making too much of a mess on the floor.
Along the way we had a huge boost from the Retro Fesitval which included Marcel jumping the harbour wearing a shed and a bunch of shedders making go-karts for the weekend.
We finally opened to the public in November. There was still lots to do but it was time to spread the love!