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At last!

As we are classified as a ‘community centre’ we are able to re-open on Tuesday, 13th April 2021. Initially this will be with Covid measures in place, including pre-booking of attendance, to ensure manageable numbers.

You may come along without booking, but we cannot guarantee there is space, and it may not be open (no booked places). If you want to be sure of access, please book.

Why not come along! We would love to see you.

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Re-opening! Following the reduction in restrictions, and a health and safety assessment, we are pleased to announce that the Shed will re-open on 1st September 2020.

The Corona virus outbreak has sadly meant that BlewShed has closed as of 17th March 2020. It will re-open when Government advice permits.

At last the opportunity to install the replacement bell rope boss to the ceiling of Blewbury church presented itself. The oak boss, turned by member Mike Wrottesley, covers the hole where the missing boss once was. This completes our contribution to this part of the restoration, but there are many other parts of the church that need some attention…

Turners from the Didcot and District Woodturners club demonstrating at the December Club Night.

Christmas is coming- Toys are being made!

Hobby horses nearing completion

Another community project completed- new cold frames for the village school gardening club.

We have been donated a fine scroll saw from Moulsford Boys Preparatory School. An electrical problem fixed, and it is now in working order.

Another piece of equipment is a Kity planer/thicknesser. This substantial machine means we now have the full set of woodworking machines.

Latest community project was the carving of three bosses for the church ceiling, and the repair of a fourth; the bosses had been missing for some time. Woodcarving member Mike Wrottesley took on this task, and the results were very well received. This was a rare opportunity to access the roof, using the Resound project scaffolding.

Mike begins the carving
Being installed on the ceiling
Matching the original- and repairing it

The workshop now has a wood lathe- a Sealey SM1100. Why not come and have a go? Experienced or complete novice, the lathe is ready for you…

We are starting a monthly ‘club night’, normally to be held on the second Wednesday of each month. However, the Inaugural meeting will be on 16th October, from 7pm (because of a conflict). We will start with a short talk on using the Shed table saw; do come along for this get-together.

The dust extraction system is now working- the extractor is mounted in the roof space, with a cyclone dust collector mounted under the ceiling. Ducting and blast gates allow machine connection and there is a wireless remote control for operation. Another box ticked…

Re-built Bench

Community project #2 – A rather dilapidated bench that was unsafe to use has been re-built and re-finished for the Clubhouse. Ready for those who want to enjoy a Summer evening drink…

Being filmed for BBC TV news

BBC TV crew filmed at the Shed on Wednesday 10th July. Was shown on the evening news… Charlie Bethel, Chief Officer of UKMSA came along to promote the spread of Sheds and the benefits they bring.

Metalworking lathe installed.

Drill press and bandsaw now installed- thank you Didcot Rotary Club!

D-day

(Where D = 500 in Roman numerals) UKMSA issued a press release that we are the 500th Shed to open in the UK- quite a landmark! See their website for more on this. We are now on the map as ‘open’ so are starting to get attention.

Expecting a metalworking lathe (Myford ML7) soon. Equipment is starting to build up…

Our woodworking bench has gained a large vice- Thanks DaveW for the donation, and BrianL for stripping and cleaning it. Next community project is to refurbish a garden seat for the Melland room- useful for relaxing with a pint on summer evenings…

Open Day a Success!

Our Open Day was well attended, many people came to see the sample activities that can be pursued in the Shed. A number even joined on the day!

Activities on show included electronics, stained glass, metal turning, model aircraft and fretwork as well as the usual woodworking. For something completely different, how about a full-size racing hovercraft!

If you were not able to get to the event, drop an e-mail to BlewShed@gmail.com to arrange a visit. Whatever your interest, why not do it in company?

Open Day

Saturday, 4th May 2019 10:00 to 16:00

As our initial fitting out comes to an end, we would like to invite everyone to come and see our shed. We have an excellent space for members and visitors to make and repair. Come and talk to us about your interests and projects.

Our first community project complete- a dozen replica BBC AXBT microphones for Blewbury Players.

We welcome new members, who join us to enjoy building and repairing!