Shed Oxford has been in residence at the Abbey Sutton Courtenay since August 2017. In the last 6 months great strides have been made in establishing a wonderful new Community Recycling Workshop. From humble beginnings in the Paint Store, we are now camped out in the Tractor Shed which, thanks to the “ShedMen”, is now insulated and illuminated. We are just awaiting the finishing touches on the chimney for the woodburner!
The team preparing the new insulation.
The Club meets 3 times a week: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10.30 till 4pm and currently has 8 regular attendees. Members possess a wide range of skills and interests spanning electrics, electronics, furniture making, mechanics, metal and wood work and these have been usefully employed in making the Tractor Shed fit for purpose, complete with tea station and sun patio!
Now that we have a secure base to work from we’re hoping that our membership can grow and allow many more people, young and old, skilled and unskilled, to practice their crafts and pass on their knowledge. Members are welcome to bring their own projects to work on and to contribute to club projects around the Abbey grounds and out in the wider community. The Shed works on a drop in basis at the moment but with more members and wider publicity we hope to be able to offer skill shares and short courses in the future.
As the new year gets off to a chilly start, it is fitting that we will be involved in a collaboration with the The Abbey, which recently won funding to “Green Up the Guesthouse.” In the last week of January we will be working alongside Abbey Staff to install a range of energy efficiency measures including loft insulation, fixing thermal blinds in bedrooms and changing to LED lighting.
This project gives us a great opportunity to get ahead with our “rent” for the Tractor Shed which we pay in the form of maintenance tasks around the estate. And the Abbey gets to access all the skills needed to get the work done in a fun, community building and skill sharing way. It’s also a nice PR opportunity for Shed Oxford. As luck would have it, Oxfutures, funders of the Green Up the Guesthouse project, have commissioned a film maker to cover the story.
This project with the Abbey is prompting us to address our health and safety and insurance needs and requirements, hence the reason for our application. Thanks to members, the Shed now has power and is bright with free-cycled lights! But we need to get insurance and we need to get sign off on the electrics installation so we can be ship shape for the insurance.
To this end we are appealing for donations to help us buy insurance for the club. We have been quoted £334.33 to give us the cover we need so any contribution will be extremely welcome and put to very good use.
Shed Oxford at The Abbey Sutton Courtenay OX14 4AF
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