MAYFACS SHED Grand Opening Fete was on 
Saturday 3rd July - opened by Roger Daltrey

Fantastic to see so many people at the Grand Opening Fete on 3rd July ..... both familiar and unfamiliar faces.  Also a special thanks to all of the volunteers & helpers, local groups, organisations and stall holders that made it such a special event for all the Community.   

Don't worry if you couldn't make the Opening, we will be having regular "Open Mornings" for a Tour and cuppa & chat .. watch this space for forthcoming dates.  

NEW COMMUNITY “SHED” FACILITY OFFICIALLY OPENED IN MAYFIELD BY ROGER DALTREY

 

Location: Mayfacs Shed, Merrieweathers Farm, East Street, MAYFIELD, East Sussex, TN20 6RJ

Date & Time: Saturday July 3rd 2021, 2.30pm

 

The Grand Opening Fete for the Community Shed in Mayfield was held on Saturday 3rd July, with the official opening performed by Roger Daltrey of The Who.

 

Part of the international “Men’s Shed” network, and a member of the UK Men’s Shed Association, the MAYFACS Shed celebrated its opening with a Grand Opening Fete.

 

Roger has been advocating the Men’s Shed concept for many years and is particularly pleased to see another one opening in Mayfield near where he lives. 

 

Intended to help alleviate loneliness and isolation, and improve mental health, “Sheds” are safe welcoming places where Men, and Women, can meet to chat and if they wish use the facilities to make, repair, or upcycle items.

 

Equipped with a Workshop, and separate relaxation hub area, the MAYFACS Shed has been in development throughout the pandemic lockdown, and after considerable effort by project manager Ian Bruce and a team of volunteers, a redundant farm building has been extensively renovated, and is now ready to open and accept members.

 

To celebrate this achievement a Grand Opening Fete was held at the site to allow people to view the Shed and its facilities, as well as learn about MAYFACS other work.
There was a Village Fete atmosphere with other village clubs and organisations showcasing their activities, demonstrations, selected local high-quality craft and produce vendors, refreshments, BBQ, and musical entertainment.

 

In addition to being used by groups of Men, and Women, the Shed will host demonstrations and training in a variety of crafts and skills, with the aim of encouraging skills transfer between generations, and will effectively be run by the members themselves.

 

Activities planned so far as Woodwork, Wood-turning, Electrical/Electronics, Metalwork, Art and Crafts, IT skills, Repair shop, and Bee-keeping, with 3D-Printing, engraving, and others suggested by members to follow.

 

The establishment of the Shed has been made possible by grant funding, and generous donations of materials and finance from a wide variety of sources ranging from private individuals to multinational companies, to whom we are extremely grateful.

 

The shed project has been run by Ian Bruce and his team of volunteers, who have worked tirelessly, individually and in covid compliant groups, throughout the pandemic to transform a redundant farm building into a splendid “shed” facility.

 

For further information please contact:
Ian Bruce, Shed Project Lead, 07973 291144, ian@mayfacs.org.uk

For regular updates - please take a look at the Mayfacs SHED facebook page.

See latest PDF Newsletters at the bottom of this page !

This is a great time to join the "Shed Movement", the Grand Opening is just the beginning of the MAYFACS Shed's journey. We welcome your ideas and working together with our Shed Leaders, we looking forward to seeing it evolve.........

The activities are largely down to whatever the members want to do, but activities in other Sheds we are aware of, and that we could potentially do as well, include:

  • Woodworking: models, furniture, garden items, restoration, wood-turning, carving, etc

  • Metalworking: small scale models, repairs, fabrication

  • Small Appliance repairs: eg electrical appliances, lawn mowers, etc.

  • Restoration activities: similar to the TV Repair Shop, although probably not to such an expert level!

  • Upcycling or repurposing otherwise redundant items (these may possibly be sold locally to raise fund for the maintenance and operation of the ”Shed”).

  • Art: Painting, model making, etc

  • Crafts: Leatherwork, upholstery; stained glass; jewellery

  • 3D Printing

  • Laser Engraving

  • Electronics: small projects, repairs, soldering

  • Computer/software use; WhatsApp training; use of Social Media, Zoom.

  • Recreation: cards, billiards, darts, dominoes, etc

  • Visits to, and Zoom links with, other Sheds

  • External: Gardening/vegetables/flowers; bee-keeping; petanque; hurdle making; garden furniture making/repair.

  • Drinking Tea & Coffee!

Grand Opening ......... with Roger Daltrey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exciting News ……. see below our previous Shed Newsletters

 

 

 

 

 

Please don't forget to sign up for the Coop card - MAYFACS is one of the Coop’s local good causes from now until 23 October 2021! Specifically, the money raised is to go towards our new venture, the Mayfacs Shed.

The shed email address is theshed@mayfacs.org.uk or to register your interest you can contact: manager@mayfacs.org.uk / freya@mayfacs.org.uk / clare@mayfacs.org.uk 

or telephone 01435 873888 and leave a message

From its humble beginnings  .....Many Thanks to all our working party volunteers and generous Donors !

Setting up.jpg
Working party 7 Oct.jpg
Ian & Graham putting up plastic.jpg
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Click on this Shed Info flyer to see how you can get involved. 

Many thanks to the numerous Donors who have made this possible. 

See below the Shed Activities for Photos of the Grand Opening with Roger Daltrey. 

Inside the MAYFACS SHED...