My Sheddie : Geoff & Rita Clark : Inspiration for Shed judge Sarah Beeny

Sarah Beeny, Graham Swift, Rita Clark and Geoff Clark

Geoff & Rita appear in an episode of shed judge Sarah Beenys – Beeny’s Restoration Nightmare  from Rish Hall – Sarah and Husband Graham Swift visited the The Plum Tree Arms – to get some inspiration for a shed/pub like room in their grand manor – you can see the episode on 17th November 2011 on Channel 4.

Here is their My Sheddie interview.

Sheddies name

Geoff & Rita Clark

Sarah Beeny, Graham Swift,  Rita Clark and Geoff Clark

Shed name

The Plum Tree Arms

Selfbuild or off the shelf shed?

This summerhouse was bought from a local shed manufacturer an erected in a day.

Why have you got a shed? uses etc

The Plum Tree Arms was originally built as a summerhouse ( I had to cut down a plum tree to be able to erect the structure, hence the name Plum Tree Arms ) but my wife said we could utilise it for my grandaughters christening if I constructed a bar. As I normally don’t do things by half, I set to and built a basic bar for the christening in August 2008 but continued to add to it for the next couple of years until I finally finished it as a traditional village pub based on a few hostelries around, and in the village in which I live. All the pumps work including the lager pumps with cooler and Co2 gas. We use it regularly for meals, domino and darts tournaments ( normally 4 or 5 retired work collegues and 4.5 gallons of Wold Top Bitter ) drinks with friends, New Years Eve, charity events and as a meeting venue for The Dick Turpin Scooter Club of which there are six members, all classic Lambretta owners. I’ve recently fitted a woodburning stove instead of the calor gas stove

How would you describe your shed?

a Typical Engish cricket pavillion with a traditional English pub inside.

Future Shed plans

The shed is more or less finished now with only a few minor adjustments and additions. An old round wrought iron table, brass hand and foot rails and bar skittles.

What word would you use to sum up Sheds

Every man should have a shed.


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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