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Last updated 01-08-2020


Disclaimer

It is regretted that The Fareham Men's Shed must decline requests for assistance from the general public. This is because shed members would not be insured when working outside of the shed environs, and any coverage for accidents both to shed members and a third party would be nullified.

01-08-2020

Workshop booking forms for use during the COVID-19 crisis

Select the relevant link to reserve your space in the SHED.

NO BOOKING - NO ENTRY

Morning Session (10:00-12:30) Workshop
(5 spaces)
Community room
(3 spaces)
Computer
(2 spaces)
Afternoon Session (12:30-15:00) Workshop
(5 spaces)
Community room
(3 spaces)
Computer
(2 spaces)

Please put your proper name (the one that we know you as) on the reservation form so that we know who is coming without having to do the detective work.

Reservations will be available until the end of the day previous to the booking.
Any problems please contact Chris Hodgson

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14-10-2020

Macmillan Coffee Morning - Can we achieve the target? (5 images)

Prize table
The prize table


Thank you to everyone that took part in our Macmillan Coffee Morning raffle. We are pleased to advise that we exceeded our target with the final amount reaching

£620!!

We would also like to extend a special thank you to the following who all donated the prizes:-

Asda Newgate Lane Titchfield Primary School Colin Bab
Mick Foster Alan Pearton Barry Groce
Chris Hodgson Tony Crane Richard Bunce
Rod Parker Rod Underwood Fareham Man's Shed

And the list of lucky winners

Prize Winner's name Prize Winner's name
Bottle of whisky Marilyn Giles Bottle of Gin Neville Wheeler
Bottle of Merlot wine John Watham Accurist Wrist Watch Tony Crane
Garden picture Jigsaw Richard Bunce Yew wood Bon bon-bon bowl Carol McBride
M&S Milk Chocoate Biscuits Neville Wheeler M&S Plain chocolate Biscuits Richard Bunce
Asda gift set Gordon Henniker Yew wood Fruit bowl John Camfield
Wooden needle case and nut bowl Frank Wood Box of Chocolates Richard Bunce
Nostalgia signs Jigsaw Thommo Gardening set Frank Wood
Handyman's mug Peter Keepence Wooden single rose vase Cliff Jones
Bottle of red wine & wooden coaster Thommo Bottle of rum Mike Martin
Wooden single rose vase John Camfield 2 wooden Nick Nack bowls Peter Raven
Maxwell Williams coffee mug Alan Pearton    

The 2 prizes coloured red were won by non-members which is very nice to see.

Due to the way we have conducted the Coffee Morning this year we can gift aid our donations. We will let everyone know and this could increase each donation by 25% (for tax payers). Macmillan have sent me the paperwork, no signing is required!

If any of you have pledged and not paid yet you can always pop into the shed place your money in an envelope with your name on it and if you have not got a key to the filing cabinet ask Rod Parker to do it. I will be out and about one day next week collecting money from anyone that can not drop it off so no real hurry but it will be nice to tie it up ASAP.

Just for the chuckle here is a video taken during the draw, not very professional but it's the first time that we have tried doing this from Zoom.

Many thanks to everyone who took part and let's hope that next year we can enjoy a proper coffee morning with lots of coffee, cake and socialising!

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19-09-2020

And another major success (9 images)

Thank you card
It's always nice to be appreciated

Titchfield Primary School approached the Shed to create some play area activities for them. It caused one or two problems in storing the raw materials during the construction phase but thanks must go to the Theatre for allowing us to expand our floor space for the duration of the project. Let us hope that the children gain as much pleasure as the guys that made the hills, planter and shop fronts.

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15-09-2020

Macmillan Cancer Coffee Morning

As the summer draws to a close we once again find the Macmillan Coffee morning is fast approaching. Sadly like just about everything else at the moment due to the pandemic this year's event must follow a different format.

Earlier in the year we managed to raise a fantastic £600 to supply material for the lady scrubbers making the scrub clothes. As this was so successful we are going to adopt a similar fundraising event.



For each £5 you pledge you will be allocated a raffle ticket. When the appeal closes on the 1st October a draw will be made for the raffle prizes that we have managed to collect. We already have a bottle of whisky and a watch donated as prizes so please look around and see what you could donate or scrounge for a prize.



In the meantime please send your pledge to Chris Hodgson at treasurer@farehammenssed.org.uk. Please ask friends and family if they would like to join in, we will just need their name and a telephone number.

Macmillan Cancer Support do a fantastic service. The £900 we raised last year covered the cost of ONE NURSE FOR ONE WEEK! So let us dig deep and see what we can do this year!We will circulate the prize list as it grows to encourage you to qualify for “another raffle ticket”!

THANK YOU.

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10-09-2020

Remember those face coverings?

Thankyou card 1 Thankyou card 2 Thankyou card 3

I know that it seems an awfully long time ago now but do you remember that a young lady (isn't it nice that at the age that most of us have reached we can call so many ladies young and get away with it or is that being ageist?) very kindly made us a bag full of face coverings, there are a few still left in the spotty bag near the sink. Well I spoke with Sarah at Moonstones the other day and she very kindly made a bouquet to present to her in thanks, so I made a quick card and dropped them round to her this morning.

I received this e-mail in return:

Hi
WOW! Beautiful bouquet, thank you all. Such a lovely gesture. Hope all is going well with the Shed in these strange times.
Very appreciative of the lovely flowers.
Regards, Vivian

Thank you Sarah from Moonstones Florist, we really are grateful for your support.

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03-09-2020

Fair exchange is no robbery (4 images)

The hole in the wood 1
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Isn't it amazing what a hole can become...

Somebody in Titchfield had an old walnut tree that was in a dangerous condition so it was cut down and the resulting raw material was offered to the Shed. Alan P and Chris H collected the spoil (I am not sure quite where it has been put) and Alan ,as a thank you for such a nice offer, very carefully cut a hole in one of the pieces and created these two beautiful little bowls from it. You must admit that walnut really does have a beautiful grain.

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14-08-2020

And now that lockdown is finished these will be the last of Thomo's pictures (2 images)

What a shame, they wanted to go to the beach but they had nobody to go with!
Trouble is I don't know if that's a spot of paint on my arm or not.

That's it folks, we hope you have enjoyed watching our lockdown!

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25-07-2020

Social get together


Could this be the end of the beginning, or should it be the beginning of the end. My brain is all messed up over things like this BUT in an effort to restart activities an initial social meeting has been arranged at the Old Barn in Mill Lane, Titchfield. Subjects to be discussed will include CV19 rules that will need to be implemented and quite how we can actually get back into a more normal way of life.

This meeting is in addition, not in place of, the Wednesday Zoom. If you would like to join the Zoomers but have misplaced, lost or just plain forgotten the details drop an e-mail to conference@farehammensshed.org.uk and we shall respond as quickly as possible.

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08-07-2020

Thomo's been at it again (7 images)

What a shame, they wanted to go to the beach but they had nobody to go with!
What a shame, they wanted to go to the beach but they had nobody to go with!

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19-05-2020

Every Shed must have one (7 images)

Ready for the off?  Hang on a minute I could do with a mate to play with!

And Thomo is ours.


A selection of the latest friends that he has obviously made.

He has been amusing residents by posing a skeleton around the estate - I knew he had one but obviously in these times he must have been getting lonely so he must have moved in with a friend. I just hope that they weren't playing golf before lockdown began to be lifted this month.

Talking of holes - do you remember this one?

She could certainly have done with a bit more hair to get that bonnet to fit though.

Keep well, be careful of putting weight on and I am sure that we will all be able to meet up again in the not too distant future.

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29-05-2020

A little help for the NHS frontline (4 images)

I thought that all adjustments had been made and that the figures ended up with Chris Lane's ladies receiving £199 and John Wathen's ladies £372 making a total of £571 GREAT RESULT -
I WAS WRONG,
Chris H gave the TRUE final figures at the ZOOM meeting earlier and it was £600 total,
£200 to Chris's Fareham Scrub Hub and
£400 to John's Portsmouth and Southampton Team Scrubbers

Grey scrubs

John W. has become involved with some local Scrubbers.

Quote from John W.

"My wife Judy is very happy that she can use her skills to help protect people working on the frontline of the NHS. She says she’s a happy scrubber and will have completed 30 sets of scrubs within the next few days.".

The scrubs enable the NHS staff to wash and change their working outfit protecting themselves and patients. Many staff do not usually wear uniforms and normal channels of distribution in the NHS cannot cope with the demand for scrubs protective uniforms.

At a recent Zoom meeting we discussed whether there was a way that we could help such a worthy cause and the decision was made to make a donation of £100 to them. Unfortunately we could not make such a donation from Shed funds as it would be illegal so we asked our members to contribute via the Shed to this cause by making pledges now and passing the money to Chris H when we can get back together. In the meantime £100 which was paid by one of the Trustees on our behalf. That's only about £2 each and each set of these RE-USEABLE scrubs cost about £8.00. In the end our pledges added up to that fantastic figure at the start of this article!

The leader of the Scrubbers, Lin Gell, is coordinating over 200 volunteer seamstresses in Portsmouth and Southampton. So far the Team Scrubbers have made over 4000 sets of scrubs. These have been distributed to UHS, QA Hospital, Hospices, Gosport War Memorial Hospital, Community Carers i.e. mental health staff and Doctors Surgeries.

Local industry such as sail makers are helping where they can, for example by allowing the Scrubbers to use their tables to cut the material.

The money needed to pay for the materials such as fabric, thread, labels and tape has been donated by Individuals and community groups such as Gosportarians, Rotarians and many more and now including our Shed.

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16-04-2020

Happy Easter (3 images)

A pair of Easter bunnies?

John Camfield - "So over a few days before Easter I have been giving a number (30) of Easter bunny designs away. As I live next to a large green, children and dog walkers are seeing them and have been taking them either for themselves or for other children (hopefully), When I first put them out I am glad to say that the green had been empty all day, we are all obeying the rules and staying in. stay safe all"

What a nice thought John, it's just a shame that I wasn't allowed out to get a couple for my grandchildren - hopefully they brought a smile to some other children's faces.

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14-04-2020

Virtually

19 members in a Zoom meeting

Well we had our second Zoom virtual meeting on the 8th of April (I didn't dare try to do anything for the first meeting on the 1st of April). It went extremely well although for the next one we will have to force some etiquette rules, it's hard to learn to only allow one person to speak at a time but I think that we might have cracked that one - we'll try it on the 15th.

Pleased to report that everybody that logged on seemed to be in fine fettle and managing to cope with the lockdown rules. Let us hope that we can soon get back to normal and meet face to face again.

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A Total Shock

Came as a bit of a shock the other morning - Rod suddenly turned round and asked "You doing anything this evening 'cause the Crofton W.I. have asked if we could fill in for a speaker who has gone AWOL?" How could we say no. So Rod and I turned up at 8 o'clock and went into our spiel. Problems with the projector (always seem to happen when you are rushing doesn't it?)so Rod filled in while the situation was resolved by their techie.

After that all went well and I think that about 50 ladies were quite enthralled . Tea, cake, a very appreciative audience (I think), £30 for the funds and a couple of requests for objets d’utilisation.

All in all a very successful evening

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iPad Training

Hampshire Libraries will be running a two session training course for iPad users. If you think that you could do with brushing up on some of your skills or if you are thinking of buying an iPad then this may help you to decide whether or not it would be a wise investment

If you do not currently own an iPad you should be able to borrow one from the tutor—Numbers will have to be given as soon as possible.

By the end of the course you should be able to:

Dates for the course were set for 1st and 8th April - each day consisting of a 2½ hour session from a 10:30 to 13:00. but as man proposes and god disposes that has obviously proved impossible. New dates will hopefully be arranged when we have finished with lockdown assuming that we still have an active library service.

If this is a success then they have offered to run a similar course for the Android operating system, the one that powers most non-iPhones and non-iPads. I know that I am in need of such a course and it would prove a very good comparison of the different device's abilities.

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Remember the little girl at Stubbington Fayre?

picture of 5 plinky-plonks

I have been in touch with the mother of the little girl that bought a plinky-plonk at Stubbington Fayre. Chris H told us about this lass and how she wasn't interested in one of Oliver's football rattles but really took a shine to a plinky-plonk. Well her mother has now written me a few short words, It really puts the usefulness of these little things in perspective:


I got my daughter a ping tin (her name for it) at our local summer fate. My daughter is 7 yrs old and has PVL with secondary cerebral palsy affecting her right side. She's has limited use of her right hand and poor concentration with toys, only playing with something for a very short time before wanting something else.

When we got the ping tin she played with it all afternoon and into the evening, she asked for it the following day and again played for long periods.

She recently went into hospital for major hip surgery and the first thing I packed was her ping tin knowing it would keep her occupied for some of the long days ahead.

It's a fantastic invention and we wouldn't be without it now

Let us hope that her hip operation has succeeded and she is now plonking away with the best of them.

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Could the plinky-plonk orchestra become a reality

Wooden kalimba

Oliver's plinky-plonks have always been an item of interest and comment wherever we have exhibited them but now they have gone beyond that. Oliver gave one to 1Community for sale, the manager from the Adults' Health and Care Centre spotted it and thought that it might be of use to some of her clients who suffer from autism so with Oliver's approval she gave it to her - the guess proved correct and Oliver has been busy creating new ones ever since. Perhaps one day we may be entertained by a plinky-plonk orchestra. She also has one of his hand crafted football rattles (takes all sorts).


"Just to let you know that the instruments have been very popular with people, especially when they are showing off about their football team winning a match. They have been kept in my office in between music sessions for safe keeping and lots of different service users like to visit me each day and they sit and play me a tune on the other instrument (I don’t know what it is called) it has such a lovely, well-tuned sound.
Can you please pass on our many thanks"

Day Opportunities Manager, Adults’ Health and Care, Fareham Community Link


ps. The 'other' instrument is an African one which pre-dates western instruments such as the harpsichord, cornamuse and virginal by a few thousand years yet they are still in everyday use in the continent. Originally made from wood and bamboo, with the advent of metal they turned primarily to wood sound boxes with metal tines.

Oliver has started to manufacture westernised versions of these instruments which changed their title to Kalimba in the 1950s, using such ‘junk’ materials as old cycle spokes, concrete reinforcing rods, tobacco tins and hacksaw blades but basically they are the same instrument.

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Annual General Meeting (2 images)

The crowd at the AGM

Well the AGM went off spiffingly well. Heidi from Asda appeared with offerings of biscuits and other commestibles but unfortunately couldn't stay for the meeting. Jenny from Community First arrived as our guest of honour. Just as we were about to settle down for the business somebody did something and set the fire alarm off. Thank goodness the weather was at least partially kind to us - cold but no rain, and of course like every other fire alarm I have come across it was neither real nor a test. Still it all added to the fun.

A presentation from Peter R, chair and Chris H, money. Then Kevin from TFT gave us a short presentation on where the Theatre is at the moment as far as future developments are concerned which after all of the rumours that have been circulating lately put many members minds at rest I think. And that was just about that. Three trustees resigned as per the rules and were duly re-elected in the most part. We have two new trustees, Barry Groce and Frank Masters. Neville has very gently passed the job of membership secretary to Frank.

Other than that everything remains as before. The so-an-so's finally managed to get me into one of the pictures kindly taken by Jenny - we're not inviting her again.winking emoji

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Last updated 03-02-2020


Southern Men's Shed Network Meeting (5 images)
All together in the Theatre


Well it was an EXCELLENT event, 29 visitors from, I think, 12 different sheds. At the start there was concern that we would not have enough food, then when it was all laid out it was thought that there was far too much. In the end it ALL went. Thanks guys (and partners maybe) for the excellent offerings.

I think that our visitors were reasonably well impressed. Certainly a fair few of them remarked about the opulence of the venue. Visits were made to the Shed itself and luckily nobody tripped over anything on their way.

Graham opened the event with a welcome to which Peter R responded by telling everybody how to escape and where to go if the old bladder started to worry anybody. Rod P then gave an excellent early history of the Shed followed by Chris N bringing everybody up to date. Graham from the SMS Network gave a chat on how important Health and Safety was to every member and it was good to hear that from the 500+ sheds nationwide, as far as he knew there had NEVER been a personal injury claim. Then off to sample the amazing range of comestibles.

Once that was over Rod's guide to stripping (wire) was followed by Chris N's story of the plinky-plonks, Tony C's suggestion that we co-operate with other sheds on visits, Chris H's guide to where and how to obtain cash and Richard B's description of his work on E-bay finishing with questions and an invite to all to visit the Isle of Wight's Shed fest this year.

Once again thanks to all Shed members who got involved. It was well worth the effort and we can hold our heads high after a such a great turnout. Let's just hope that all of our visitors who parked at the Hotel remembered to book in. Also we must mention Scott from the Theatre staff who stayed and looked after the sound for us - Thanks Scott.

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Visit to Britten-Norman


Planning is in early stages for a visit to the Britten-Norman facility at Daedalus. Britten-Norman are the designers and manufacturers of the well-known Islander and Defender aircraft.

The current position of this event is that they have asked for what sort of numbers would be involved in the visit. If you are interested could you please let Chris Nixon or Tony Crane know, we do not know what the limit will be we shall run this one purely on a first come first served basis.


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