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Last updated 31-12-2018
Well the 2019 Christmas bash went ahead, we hadn't realised that we would only have a full size billiards table to spread the food on, we could really have done with a second one as so much was brought.
It went ahead at the Snooker Club near the Sainsbury's store and was a real success. All of the regulars attended with their partners where applicable, some members that we haven't seen too regularly over the last year and some prospective members made an appearance as well. Everybody was made to feel welcome and all in all it was a very sociable event. Many thanks to the staff at the Snooker Hall for their work behind the bar - tea and coffee was available as well as the normal libations associated with such an establishment although I don't think that much money passed over the bar for alcohol.
If we don't see you at the Shed before Christmas, have a great holiday, a wonderful New Year and let's hope to see you all next year, bright eyed, bushy tailed and raring to go.
Towards the end of December Autism Hampshire took a great step forwards and opened their first retail high street outlet which will also double as a general meeting hub and activity centre for people with autism. We shall be giving them a selection of plinky-plonks them to distribute as they see fit.
Let us hope that it proves to be a great success. It is situated at the bottom of Osborne Road South in the old Razzmatazz shop.
Our fireplace has re-appeared in the Asda store in Speedfields Park, Newgate Lane. You've got to admit those elves looked after it well over the last months, to my mind it seems to have weathered well and if anything, looks better now than in 2018, perhaps it's just the setting but it still looks the piece.
Thomo made a Christmas stable for 1Community, it looks really smart in the window with all of the little knitted figures and even though I do say it myself, the 3D printed star just finishes it off.
Mick made a sand tray for 1Community for a luccky dip type game called 'Pick the Snowman's Nose', maybe the design brief was a bit off. It was made to their specification but needed 5 bags of play sand to fill it which just made the basic idea impractical. Hats off to Hayley though, a quick twist and it was compartmentalised with the prize in one half and the Snowmen's noses in a smaller tray in the other half. Apparently it has proved a good little earner for them. Only downside was when it was delivered and whilst transferring the tray and five very heavy bags of sand to the shop - the driver had a parking ticket slapped on his car.
On 19th November HSBC very kindly allowed the Shed to open their pop-up stall in the bank once again. The new lines in laser cut novelties proved a very popular - great move John Cam.
HSBC have very kindly allowed us to run a 'pop-up shop' outside of the bank, we believe that this will be on a fairly regular basis so if you need to contact us for any reason you will hopefully be able to meet a few of the members at these occasions.
Well the evening proved to be a great success. Estimates of the number of people attending were between 50 and 60, perhaps we should have found somebody to specifically count them but it was so good to see the support.
Unfortunately Kevin, the one who was supposed to give the talk about the Theatre, had jetted off to China but Michael gave a sterling performance considering that it was totally off the cuff. Peter from Macmillan gave a fascinating account of his brush with cancer, how it has changed his life and how he is now keeping ridiculously fit - sorry that left-handed bowling is out for the future but keep climbing those big hills Peter, it was an inspiration.
Although Peter's story was inspirational it didn't quite cover what I had hoped it would - the original idea was to try to introduce the services that the Macmillan Organisation offers and how to access them. Sandie, the lady who judged our Cakeophany competition has kindly sent me a leaflet giving a brief outline of those services and how to access them. Not quite as good as having somebody to throw thoughts at but certainly helpful. Perhaps we will hold another evening with a Macmillan Nurse or somebody similar in the future. I have added a pdf version to the site that you can access from our Downloads page
We had representatives from the Liss Men's Shed - thanks for coming guys, and much interest was shown in the Shed's facilities - shame that we have had to impose a waiting list but all silver linings have to have a cloud somewhere on the horizon I guess.
Although it was not a fund-raising event as such, Macmillan did provide a bucket and attendees kindly left us with £90.65 to forward to the charity. Many thanks for your generosity.
Once again thanks to everybody concerned with the organisation of the event, theatre staff, bar staff and Shed members for making sure that it was a clean and respectable tour and most of all thanks to Peter and Michael for all of your efforts.
We met at the Great Barn at 09:00, well most of us anyway, somebody (no names mentioned Mike) had to be late, so we were on our way in our Community First supplied minibus by 09:15. After a very smooth trip including a nice little detour due to missing a turn on the A34, we arrived at about 11:15. I must admit, I think that we were all slightly surprised by what awaited us. Coffee, much appreciated after the journey, we were given a guided tour of the museum, very nice for some of the history involved, then off for a hot lunch.
After lunch time to wander around the exhibits. I am not sure how it affected anybody else but some of the exhibits sent me right back to my childhood sitting on the back of Dad's AJS, my first motorbike, the car that I learned to drive in, my first car - ooh I feel quite nostalgic. The exhibits were in a fantastic condition, when our guide was asked how they moved the cars around we were told that they were pushed - at the time we were standing in front of a dirty great old Rolls Royce that he reckoned probably took 6 people to undertake the task.
Then home - traffic was extremely slow on the A303 due to a breakdown and then the M3 was clogged solid so everything went off through Twyford so that was extremely slow but we got home at about 18:30.
I have added a few of the photographs that I took but if members have others that they think might be of interest please let me have a copy and I shall add them. Many thanks to Tony for all of his effort in organising a very enjoyable and interesting day out and also to Jim of Community First for an exceptionally smooth ride.
Richard, Bill, Peter, Chris N and their partners formed the Shedrics team at 1Communities quiz night on th 19th October and WE WON There were about 10 teams taking part so a fair bit of competition. By mutual consent we have decided to give the prize to the Shed for use in a future raffle it consisted of seven bottles of really good wines
1 x Liebfraumilch
2 x 2010 Montelpuciano d'Abruzzo
2 x 2010 Barren Jack Semillon Chardonnay
1 x 2015 Almarez Rioja
1 x 2010 Domaine des Quatres Routes Cabernet Rouge
Thank you Hayley from 1Community, great evening, great company and the fish and chips from Highlands Road Fish and Chips were ace. The employee of the month was well deserved.
Training on the metalwork lathe and mill went ahead on 17/10/2019 - 8 members originally but Chris H excused himself to spend time with Claire Benfield from Fareham Borough Council who had called in to check out their donation. I am sure that it was more fun than all of the knob and handle twiddling that went on with the training.
Well the 1Community bash went well. Moonstones Florist did their normal kind gesture and supplied us with an orchid (phalaenopsis) to thank Hayley for all of the hard work that she puts into organising events such as this that are so useful to the community. Much interest shown by many people especially in the plinky-plonk area. Chris H and I went to the Dementia Aware talk given by Kerry - extremely interesting and made us both think differently about the subject. She has agreed to come and make a presentation to the Shed(s) at the theatre. We shall probably try and organise for one evening early in the New Year and invite all of the local sheds, members, partners, whoever would like to come. Seriously the more people that know about this the better and it is NOT all doom and gloom.
Chris Nixon's brother Tim gave us a fascinating talk about his career in the motor industry. His company specialises in control systems for the machine tools that make engines and power trains for the major manufacturers.
For most of his life, those engines were internal combustion, but in a rapidly changing world he has been involved with manufacturing motors and batteries for electric vehicles. Battery technology has been a complete culture change. Instead of processes involving the shaping of metal, the industry has to get to grips with new and sometimes dangerous chemicals, new fire hazards, and new approaches to re-cycling.
Macmillan Coffee morning or a Cakecophony of cakes (7 images)
Last year we raised £409 for the worthy cause and to be honest the rehearsal room got a bit crowded so this year we upgraded the venue to the Great Barn.Wow! What a great decision that was.
After the challenge that we issued for our members to bake their OWN cakes we had expected 5 or 6 brave souls to attempt the challenge - instead we had 15 entries, that's 25% of our members - What a great effort guys and thank you all so much for all of the effort that made for such a successful event.
First of all Chris H had his 5 minutes of fame on Radio Solent
Heidi Ford from Asda came along to help with great items for sale - coffee, tea, scones (both fruit and plain) clotted cream and strawberry jam, she certainly earned our thanks for her help behind the sales table.
Everything was prepared and ready for the off by 10:30 although the Mayoress's car was spotted crawling up the driveway to the barn a little on the early side, she obviously couldn't wait to taste our efforts. Unfortunately she had to leave before Sandie had arrived to judge the cakes and we couldn't cut into them before the judging, but she certainly seemed to enjoy herself. As the morning went on more and more people arrived and even the Barn seemed to get quite crowded - perhaps we will need to find an even bigger venue for next year.
Sandie Hall, the local area organiser for Macmillan, had agreed to be our judge but because we had so many cakes her face went a funny colour when she thought that she was going to have to taste every one of them, so we let her off with doing a visual inspection only. That meant that she didn't need the Burpham and Belcher's indigestion mix, so we still have that left. (Thank's to the Co-Operative Funeral Service in Fareham for the bottle - nobody seems to have those lovely glass bottles that used to be in the apothecary's shops when we were kids anymore - shame). One surprise that Sandie sprung, was that she had never been given flowers for something like this before, so thank you Sarah of Moonstones Florist for the lovely bouquet, you made somebody else's day on Friday.
Because we had not cut into the cakes the decision was made to raffle them which went down extremely well and added to an already nicely increased income over last year.
Now for the important part
- THE WINNERS -
Irish Tea Cake (not too sure what was Irish about it but it certainly looked good)
Chocolate cake (with individual chocolate orange segments (Oooh those calories))
Coffee and Walnut (trouble is the walnuts get stuck under my plate)
For the final accolade we have raised a total of £900.00
We must thank the following people and organisations that gave very kind donations for the raffle:
Six members took their spouses to Fontwell Park race course for a summer afternoon and evening meet with 7 races. While we were pleased to be bathed in sunshine the position of the stands meant we were gazing directly into the sun. However, the large screen on the other side of the track gave us a constant view of just how far back your donkey was from the leaders!
There was a minimum bet of £5 per race. If there were enough runners you could have a £2.50 each way bet if not, it was a straight £5 to win.
With just one of us backing the winner in the first race we got off to a shaky start with more than a few groans! The second race found three of us in the winners enclosure so with smiles all round we move to race three with a bit more confidence and winnings to invest or was it lose? Beautiful People romped home and we were down to just one of us picking the winner again. Most of us backing Prophets Prayer but we obviously did not pray enough! With five of us now looking to one of our members for tips as he had the first 3 winners, the only thing he gave away was his cash like the rest of us!!
We are pleased to say like many stories this one has a happy ending as well!
Race five with just 3 runners and the favourite showing at 11-4 on, (for those who are not into racing that means you get £4 back for £11 you bet, not good odds). Four of us decided to back the outsider FR Humphrey at 12-1. With an exciting finish as they raced up the hill good old Humphrey repaid all those that had showed their faith in him with a return of £65!
Race six, 4 runners, so again back to win only. With Ennistown being backed down to 4-1 on, we thought if one outsider can do it let's back Carolines Charm at 20-1. She was charming, leading for the entire race, the filly gave us another exciting finish giving us a return £105 back for our £5. We joined the long queue to collect our winnings from one of the five bookies, we exchanged tears with him only ours were for a different reason to his!!!! LOVELY
So race 7, the last one of the evening. We are now on a high and all showing a handsome profit. Being the last race most of us backed two horses. Better odds this time, more open prices but no big prices. Remembering what we are, most of us backed Working Class as an outsider at 7 -1 shouting and willing him on and made it by half a length! Another £40 to collect from those poor bookies!
So by now there must be some of you that wished you had come along for the fun, We will pay another visit one day if only to give all that money back to those poor bookies.
Finally thanks to Rod who suggested the idea, a big thank to Tony for organising it and an even bigger one to FR Humphrey, Carolines Charm and Working Class!
What a scorcher of a day, to be honest I can only remember one Stubbington Fayre that had really bad weather but this year's was really exceptional. The sun certainly seemed to attract the crowds, in fact it was so busy during the time that I was there that I couldn't get a good shot of the pitch but the ones that I did manage are here.
The guys turned up at the Shed quite early in the morning along with Eric and his trusty trailer, they loaded up and then realised that one of the tyres was flat, out came the pump and they were up and ready, the best bit is though, somebody on the pitch sold the pump, let's hope that Eric doesn't get another flat. This year we had two pitches at the Fayre - that was a bit of luck because we had more than enough items for sale along with the Wine or whine stall, the Shed made items and the bric-a-brac stall to fill them both. Heidi, Asda's Community Champion arrived to lend a hand, I couldn't resist a shot of the back of her shirt (sorry about the rear view Heidi) and if there is anything that Asda can do to help you or your organisation here is a list of the sort of things that they are into (see picture 6).
We had many gratifying and approving comments from, among others, Fareham's Mayoress, Copnor Shed and even Gosport Shed.
Takings were up over 40% on last year's, we ran out of wine AND water, we ran out of sweets for Splat the Rat and John's laser cut models went down a treat.
So well done everybody for such a powerful turn-out. It was obviously a realy worthwhile day and here's to next year's Fayre.
We attended the Wallington Fair for the second time on 06-07-2019. A very successful day out again, much interest was once again shown by the public.
A few days ago a very dilapidated trailer arrived outside the Theatre, a small group ripped it apart as all of the wooden parts had rotted away, and re-built it. What a godsend, it made transportation so easy.
We made a nice profit from the sale of the handicrafts and car boot items (I didn't know that there was such a market for imperial size spanners). Splat the Rat was again extremely popular and I actually saw a young lady splat the creature - I always thought that it was impossible but Evie proved me wrong - and the wine or whine made a packet - I think that many punters were just as pleased to win the water as the wine because of the temperature.
It was nice to see the Play your Cards Right board that we made for 1Community on display - only problem was that they caught me to play and I obviously lost.
Stubbington Belles Women's Institute asked us to give them a short presentation on what the Shed actually did. Rod and Chris N managed to get lumbered for it and it was quite a daunting experience standing in front of 45 ladies and trying to explain that the closest analogy that we had found so far was that the Shed was the Men's equivalent of the W.I.
Standing in front of them all, knees acquiver, Chris made his pitch. The ladies seemed to enjoy the talk and slide show (run using a Raspberry Pi, what a clever little box of tricks that is), no eggs or rotten fruit was thrown and all-in-all it was an extremely edifying if somewhat trepaditious experience. We left the chairwoman with one of Oliver's football rattles as they did seem to take an effort to control at times and when it was swung everything suddenly went quiet
Thank you ladies for your attention and I hope that the talk was of use to you - the cake was delicious.
A response from the Belles
"Thank you for making your debut ‘performance’ with a WI audience, to us at Stubbington Belles WI. It was a real fun session and our ladies thoroughly enjoyed your visit. You had prepared a great presentation for us. Many were surprised at the breadth of your activities and you gave an insightful and yet humorous account of what the gentlemen get up to in The Fareham Men’s Shed.
We were fascinated with the products you make and delighted to receive the ‘claker’ to gain our ladies’ attention after tea time! Your enthusiasm for your Shed and also Titchfield Festival Theatre was clear as you spoke with warmth and detail about them. The activities that you participate in for charities were impressive and very interesting. We will be inspired!
We wish you all continued success for the future".
Our local MP, Suella Braverman, held her annual Senior Citizen's Fair at the Genesis Centre in Locks Heath Centre on 17-05-2019. We attended along with numerous other organisations that concern themselves with the health and wellbeing of us older residents. Previous years have seen it held at Ferneham Hall and the College. The venue this year was somewhat smaller but very well attended. Chris H., Chris N., Milton, Rod and Gordon manned the stand. Unfortunately the room wasn't big enough to get a good picture and I can't afford a wide angle lens at the moment but really Gordon it wasn't that scary.
For the first time we took the 3D printer which drew a great deal of attention, so much so in fact, that it will have to become a permanent feature at show like this where we can have power available. Unfortunately Rocky took a slight tumble and broke his leg but after a quick visit to the glue gun he was as good as new.
Some of the Shed members spent a very pleasant few hours in the Precinct. There was much interest shown in the Shed and we made a few bob selling our wares, in fact somebody has asked for more light pulls. The staff in the 1Community shop have agreed to take orders for bird boxes and the like, so with Moonstones Florists in Fareham Park Road, we now have two retail outlets.
It was nice to meet with old friends like Sharon who used to be our contact at Asda and Hayley from 1Community is always good for a laugh. Also investigation is being undertaken by FBC to see if there is anywhere that spoiled items made from polylactic acid (PLA) material used in the 3D printer can be recycled. Out of interest if you have any queries about re-cycling in Fareham a very useful contact could be Barbara Cowie, once again a very pleasant young lady who knows her stuff.
Richard gave a fascinating insight into how to sell on e-Bay on 4th February. About 10 members attended, personally I found it quite instructive. It was nice to be given hints and tips by such an old-stager who has boosted our finances by thousands of pounds over the past few years.
Don't forget that if you DO sell anything on e-Bay you can pass part, or indeed ALL, of the proceeds to the Shed.
Check out what is for sale from the Shed by clicking on the link at the top of this page.