Judge Trevor opens Mens Shed

The northwich guardian reports that Shed of the Year judge Trevor Baylis has opened a mens shed… we are fans of these after hearing them from Oz, Iam glad Age concern in the UK is following suite.

image copyright Northwich Guardian
image copyright Northwich Guardian

ELDERLY men now have a new place to hone their skills and learn new ones – in a special shed.

Age Concern Cheshire has created the ‘Men in Sheds’ project, where they hope men will interact with their community in a workshop at Hartford Business Centre.

The project promotes the benefits of being active later in life, with activities including woodwork.

In the specially converted workshop, machines such as belt sanders, dust extractors and workbenches sit ready for men to craft their very own piece of art.

One of the ‘Men in Sheds’, Ralph Little, 70, from Rudheath, said the project had got him out of the house.

He said: “I think it’s a wonderful idea. I was here two days ago and I spent six hours in this workshop.

“It has been months since I have felt well and after my session here I went home and felt good. It’s got me back doing something, which I haven’t done for a long while.”

Wind-up radio inventor Trevor Bayliss OBE, special guest of honour at the unveiling, said many of his inspirations came from working in his shed.

“I have got thousands of gadgets and gizmos at home and they have all come about from my shed, so I am very pleased to be here today.”

By Andrew Wilcox

I love sheds Founder & judge of Shed of the year - Wilco writes mainly about sheds. About the blog Enter your shed into #shedoftheyear


  1. Hi all. Blog virgin.
    Shed is currently open on Wednesdays and Thursdays 10-4. Hope to open Monday to Friday when funds become available. Kettle is always on and visitors are welcome. Ring 08456 182858 just to let us know you are coming! As seen on Itv Granada and BBC NW, look out for us as we sometimes do Men In Sheds on Tour!

    Malcolm Bird Men in Sheds Co-ordinator

  2. Like you, Neil, I am in the UK for a few weeks and interested in sheds here. I have been involved with a coupe of sheds in Sydney and thoroughly enjoy my time there.

    Would be happy to hear from anyone interested and can be contacted by text message or directly on 077 6598 5481.

    Anthony Meggitt

  3. Greetings Wil I am presently in the Leicester area – is there any chance of meeting you / chatting with the Age Concern Cheshire SHED members and the like. Times open? would be appreciated. this could happen at the end of the week (Friday) or a bit later – when I know more details or open times and venue address etc etc.

  4. Neil, hello, there are not a great number of Mens sheds in the UK, but Andys links are useful. but its a great idea that I think with funding will help the sheddie later on in life..

    maybe for Shed of the Year 2010 we can work with men sheds in the UK as I think it's about time Shed Week gets involved in charity work as the sheddies have given a lot to us…

  5. Hi there, about to visit UK from NZ (may 09) to look at SHED culture in UK / Scotland. Question – are there other men's sheds in Britain or sporadic coverage due to new concept?

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