Focus on the Inside (mainly!)

Norton Shedders on target to complete transformation of the interior of the Shed.

Colin head down drilling studs

3 new storage units on wheels under the worktop

Here’s a reminder of how the inside was originally.


We’ve cured the roof leaks (we believe!). New bright LED light battens, wall boards mounted, worktops installed, equipment storage in drawers and cupboards.

And today (Tuesday 38/6/22) we found the water stop cock (important for tea making!) and collected some of the equipment from Preston Park.

On Friday we will begin sorting out the kitchenette. In preparation for that we have a sink on the way to be installed in a kitchen worktop.

UPDATE from Friday . . . . A very productive day. Kitchen has a worktop with sink set in, Plumbed into drainage and connected to running water! Well done Paul, Pat and Scotty Dave. Scotty Dave mounted a name board. Railway Dave completed the replacement of the light fixtures and the nameboard was mounted.

Joe worked front and back at filling holes in the exterior ply with Ronseal exterior filler.  Whitby district Sheds received quite a bundle of goodies from Ronseal through their co-sponsorship with other businesses of UK Men’s Shed Association. Norton Shed needed it and so it went to our area of need! It works a treat.

Shot of The Shed to the right of the Football Clubhouse. We are trying to keep up with the Jones’!

Spaghetti Junction of pipework beneath new kitchen worktop. We’ll tidy up everywhere in due course!

Scotty Dave fitting the signage. Joe was round the back preparing for painting the backside!

Recall the 3D printed cup holder  made by Kevin? It is in Dave’s car (Sorry all black on black).

Father’s Day initiative remembering Eddie the late Sheddie

[A very recent story from Whitby Sheds about a much loved Shedder, Eddie and his family.]

What makes Shed’s special? It is very often the support and encouragement we receive from others at the Shed. We wake up in the morning and there’s a personal little cloud above our heads and the temptation to bury ourselves in the duvet again. By

“dragging” ourselves to the Shed we find company and banter and the cloud starts to give way to some mental blue sky. That was Eddie’s experience and indeed that of many of us.

Sheds support mental wellbeing. They also reach out to friends and family who see the difference the camaraderie makes to the person.

On Tuesday this week we received an email out of the blue from one of Eddie’s daughters on behalf of 3 generations of family. Here is an extract . . . .

Hi Graham,
Hope you are keeping well!
As you know  we sadly lost Dad in December & recently it was the first Fathers Day without him. We wanted to do something in Honour of Dad.
Therefore we would like to make a donation of £700 ( from myself , my sister Cathy, sister-In-Law Ilkem, Dad’s 6 Grandkids & his Son-in-Law! ) to The Sleights/Whitby Area Men’s Sheds.
We all know the Men’s Shed was the one place Dad loved the most and what joy you brought to him. Thank you for the amazing work you do bringing joy and friendship into people’s lives. Please treat yourselves to something in Dad’s memory!!
Keep well ,
Heidi Carolan ( Eddie’s Daughter )

What an amazing surprise to which we replied . . .

Dear Heidi & various Carolan generations,
How very thoughtful of you all. Thoughtful of Eddie on Father’s Day, of course, but also of the Sheds in Whitby district. It is greatly appreciated.
Eddie was the archetypical Shedder. A touch of mischief about him, getting engrossed in some new skills and a master of banter. A Shed is a family of unique individuals each contributing to the atmosphere. Eddie did that superbly.
As I mentioned Heidi, we have some pieces of Eddie’s workshop equipment at the new Norton Shed. So Eddie lives on with me here!
You are right to honour Eddie.  He was an unassuming key figure in the Sheds right from the start. Quietly impactful.
I’ve included some seniors from the different Sheds in copy so they can appreciate first hand your thoughtfulness.
Kind regards,

And Heidi replied . . . . .

Hi Graham ,
Thank you so much for this lovely email.  Actually made me tear up with joy reading this.  As can picture Dad working away , his banter included and cursing me whilst he made 64 separate squares for the chess board I asked him to make us lol! Dad was our world & we all miss him dearly. 
I’m so happy to hear his tools are now being used at The New Shed !! If there was one place Dad would have wanted them to go it would be with you at The Shed.
I know how much joy & friendship you all gave Dad and I am so thankful for the amazing work the Men’s Sheds do!! Your work means so much to so many, thank you!
I will pass your lovely email on to the family & i know it will make them smile too !!
Our donation has now been transferred across & happy to hear It will be shared out amongst The Shed’s.
Been lovely talking to you , take care & love to all !!
Heidi & Family x

It’s tempting to think that maybe this should be kept in confidence. Heidi knew I wanted to share this on our web site. Why?

Because it is a real example of the REAL impact of Sheds. Not the great creations we make, but the great relationships in and OUT of the Shed with friends, family and indeed the community we are all p[art of. We need good news stories and the good news is what Heidi wrote NOT the donation (useful though that is!).

We hardly knew the family members so Eddie has been the instigator of some new relationships for us.

Round to Monday evening and Shedder Martin came to help in any way he could!

Well, he set to shifting equipment off the floor and onto worktops or into the Switch Room. Dragging Graham with him! Just sweeping the floors made a big difference. Martin has not been to the Shed for a couple of weeks and of course in that time a lot has been done with storage provision and simply the appearance.

It was decided that the two Awards for All Lottery plaques should be mounted on the Shed to the front and right hand side of the Portakabin.


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