2023 Shed Build
11 months after receiving planning permission for our new 'Shed', Adrian Duckett (Chairman) and John Healey (Treasurer) sign a 21 year lease for the site in Fawcetts Field so that we can build our new 'Shed'.
With the lease now signed is it was full steam ahead to get the site ready for the concrete base
At the end of Feb, our 100sq metre concrete base was laid
The plan was to connect the Electric, Water and Pumped Waste to the Mains Services. However, the Water didn't want to play ball and we couldn't find it where we expected it to be. It took another 5 months before it would be found
At the end of April, the 'Shed' was erected
2022 Social Activities & Trips
On one of the hottest days of the year, we held our annual Summer BBQ at Fawcett's Field for Members and their Partners. Whist the cooking was done outside, most of the members and their partners stayed inside Fawcett's Field Clubhouse as it was cooler.
About 30 members and their partners made their way to Amberly Museum, Sussex. Some drove, some caught the train and a few even made a short break out of it and stayed overnight near to the museum. We had a great time dodging in and out of heavy rain showers.
Our annual Christmas Dinner and Dance for Members and their Partners is planned for Friday 2nd December
2022 Community & Shed Projects
Our 'Shed' has been involved in making items for the Ballard Lake Woodland Walk including "Fairy Doors and Windows", Chainsaw carved giant toad stalls a bench and lecterns to show a map of the walk
Once again after selling all the items that we had made for the Easter Extravaganza, the members started again and
August's Bee Fayre is always a great event and this year was no different. We again had lots of people that came to chat with and to find out more about what we our Men's Shed is about and this was another opportunity to sell items made at the shed which goes towards building our new purpose made shed.
Remembrance Sunday was a remarkably warm and sunny day for November, and this had encouraged a large crowd to surround the memorial. 10 Members of New Milton Men’s Shed joined the possession to the War Memorial.
Our wreath bearers were Percy Pink, Arthur Clements, and Harry Walters with Percy laying the wreath.
Storm Arwen caused the Lions Christmas Fayre to be postponed and rescheduled for Easter and whilst we were able to sell most of what we prepared for Christmas, our 'Shedders' started making more items to sell at the Easter Extravaganza
Clive Lawrence received a call for help from the YMCA New Milton Nursery, they needed a new 'wellie rack' for their toddlers and and pre-school children (2 to 4 years old). So Clive went to investigate their requirements and this resulted in Clive and Alan Bishop designing and making 2 welly racks, each able to store up to 18 pairs of wellies.
The photographs below are of the work in progress and and the final finished painted items installed at the nursery.
Last year Stephen Higgins created a spooky Halloween Walkthough to raise money for Oakhaven Hospice, who had cared for his grandfather a couple of years ago and raised over £800 as a thank you for all the care and support that they had provided.
This year, Stephen approached us for help to make it bigger and spookier and to hopefully raise even more money for Oakhaven Hospice. A team of ‘Shedders’ went over to Stephen’s house and together with his parents helped to create a new spooky Halloween Garden. The team had a great time and luckily the rain held off for most of the time there. Stephen’s Halloween Walk through smashed the £800 from last year and raised over £1,300 this year. This looks like it will be an annual event now and so we are looking forward to helping out next year