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Member Update – May 2023

We had thought of holding a bbq on Friday the 5th May but unfortunately, we are having to cancel this but hopefully we shall hold one in the summer.

Please save the date to attend our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 7th June at 2pm at the Half Moon pub in Sheet. Following on from the AGM we shall hold a Members’ Open Meeting and Q&A; an agenda will be posted out nearer the date. We also want to share the new opportunities and possibilities the Shed now offers; do please come along if you can.

I have now served 3 years as your chairman and feel it is time for another member to take over from me to bring fresh ideas for the next stage of the Shed’s development. Therefore, I have advised the management committee that I shall stand down in May 2024. This gives plenty of time for a member to work alongside me and the management committee (as vice-chairman) to ensure a smooth hand-over. I have prepared a one-page brief of what I believe the role is but vitally my successor, with the management committee should make the role their own.
Please consider this and if interested, email or phone me for a no obligation chat. It’s not that demanding and has been great fun!
[email protected]
07584 229656

We are now over 60 members and as you know, the Shed is now open Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm. A Shed Supervisor is on hand at all times for advice and guidance. The wood-working shed is fully operational (for your own or Shed projects), Trev has started the gardening group, we are about to start sorting all the equipment and tool donations currently stored in the future metal-working shed, Ray has started a guitar group on Friday mornings, the bike group has a bike shed to build as a home to mend and refurbish bikes, Rob has creatively stated up-cycling all sorts, and we have started making bird boxes, bug hotels, coat hooks and garden trugs for sale and for community displays.
Plenty for members to get involved with or simply socialise and much more to come; just come along.

Steven Watts

News Workshop

Friday Guitar Playing Workshop

Do you fancy having a go at playing guitar, jamming with other guitar players or simply watching others play?

Come along every Friday morning

Beginner session at 10.30 

followed by a 

Jamming session at 11.30

Ray Vogt is happy to guide you along and jam with other guitar players.
He will also bring a small session amp.

You will need to bring your own guitar and any song sheets you want to play.

You can contact Ray on [email protected] to discuss any ideas or music suggestions you may have.

Who knows – maybe we’ll get a Petersfield Men’s Shed band together!


Member Update – March 2023

  • The Open Day was a resounding success with over 100 visitors, the rain stayed away, and we also attracted 15 new members. My thanks to everyone who contributed towards the event.
  • We are now open every day, Monday to Friday between 10am and 4pm. The wood shop is fully operational for your own projects, and we are going to start birdbox and other workshops soon. The only requirement before using is that you must have received training for the general area and each specific piece of equipment; to arrange email Nick at [email protected]
  • Mike Bookham has set up an IT and Electronics team to develop both the upstairs IT and Craft rooms and launch workshop sessions. Watch this space.
  • A Gardening Group is in full swing developing the grounds.
  • Ray hopes to start a guitar playing group, contact Ray at [email protected] if interested.
  • As soon as we have storage, we will empty the small shed and bring together a team interested in developing and equipping the metal shop.
  • We are waiting to receive a donated shed to create the bike shop. Michael Cowen has already gathered a sizable team who will fettle bikes to sell or donate to charities.
  • Murray Whewell has taken over as Secretary from Neil Slatter and joins the MC.
  • We are thinking of having a BBQ for members and partners and suggested date is early evening on Friday 5th May, just before the coronation weekend. We’ll provide the food, and you bring your own drink. If you are keen, please email me at [email protected] and confirm one or two places.
  • Our AGM will be taking place in late May, probably at the Half Moon. TBC.
  • Talking of socials, the management committee (MC) would like to appoint a member to take on a Social Secretary role. This person would work with the MC to organise future social gatherings like the BBQ above, arrange trips and visits to local places of interest, invite members, sort tickets and payments and possibly arrange transport. The scope of this role is wide and just needs an enthusiastic member, if interested please email me at [email protected]
  • If you have other interests that we are not yet discussing, please drop me an email [email protected] with your ideas; we are so lucky to have very flexible premises which can accommodate a wide range of activities. Like Ray above, the MC are very supportive to include all member interests where we can.
  • Lastly, as per our constitution, I have given the MC notice that, after 3 years as Chair, I will step down in a year’s time at the AGM in May 2024. I have requested expressions of interest from the MC members to take on a Vice-Chair role over the next year to allow a smooth transition. I will keep you posted of progress.

I am delighted how we have progressed so far and with all members continued input we shall continue to develop and expand – thank you to everyone for your support.

Steven Watts, Chairman


Guitar Playing Workshop

Do you fancy having a go at playing guitar, jamming with other guitar players or simply watching others play?

Come along Friday mornings for a beginner session at 10.30 followed by a jamming session at 11.30.

Launch date: 24th March 2023

Ray Vogt is happy to guide you along and jam with other guitar players.
He will also bring a small session amp.

You will need to bring your own guitar and any song sheets you want to play.

You can contact Ray on [email protected] to discuss any ideas or music suggestions you may have.

Who knows – maybe we’ll get a Petersfield Men’s Shed band together!


Opening Day Photos

Here are some photographs from the Official Opening Day on Saturday 4th March 2023.


Shed Opening Hours

Week Commencing 6 March 2023

The Petersfield Men’s Shed will be open from
Monday to Friday

between the hours of
10am to 4pm
for existing members.

Anyone interested in joining is welcome to visit with a view to becoming a paid member by either speaking to a shed session manager on-site during opening times or via the Petersfield Men’s Shed website.


Official Opening Day

The John Ide Shed
16 Heath Road, Petersfield, GU31 4DU

Saturday 4th March 2023
From 10.00am to 4.00pm

Ribbon Cutting 11.00am by Patricia Ide

Refreshments and Tours

Everyone welcome


Next Members Meeting on Wed 8th Feb at the Half Moon Pub, Sheet

Our next Petersfield Men’s Shed Members’ Meeting is at 2pm Wednesday 8th February at the Half Moon Pub, Sheet.

All Members welcome.

Topics for open discussion:

    • Update on current
    • Grants
    • Official Launch/ Open Day
    • Working Groups/ Member inputs
    • We need a Secretary
    • Member Q&A

    Steven Watts


    Coming along nicely!

    Following on from last week’s update from our chairman, here are some photographs showing both the exterior & interior of the Petersfield Men’s Shed as of the end of 2022.

    We are looking forward to welcoming our current and new members to utilise the facilities soon in 2023.


    Update 23 December 2022

    Boy, we’ve been busy! 

    We took possession of 16 Heath Road, Petersfield in October, the premises consisting of a house, 2 large garden sheds and grounds. Since then, we have: 

    • Sorted the bigger shed with new windows and door, removed partition walls, made good, decorated, and are now running new electrics, lighting, and installing work benches and major equipment to create our woodworking shed. 
    • Upstairs in the house, we have cleaned and re-laid all the carpet tiles found in the sheds to the bedrooms and landing and have re-purposed donated office furniture and desks (mostly from Swan Medical Group) to create our IT Suite, Electronics Suite, and a Shed Office.  
    • Downstairs in the house, we have created a Social Room (again with donated chairs and lots of woodworking magazines for inspiration), the kitchen is almost sorted with a donated cooker and many utensils, and we now hold a Social every Friday morning; do please come along. 
    • Our signage is all up including an amazing oak sign made by member John. You may notice we have named the Shed after one of the founder members John Ide, who sadly passed before seeing our efforts come to fruition. 
    • The grounds have received an initial tidy ready for a garden group to take over next Spring. Who knows, we could grow our own veg and entering garden competitions?! 
    • We have yet to start work on the smaller shed as this has been predominately used to store the many donations of equipment, we have received for which we thank each and every one. Our plan is to create a metal work room here, more news later. 
    • The management committee has changed and grown: 
      • Michael Cowen has taken over from John Liddall for Membership, (thanks to John for his past efforts), 
      • Mike Bookham has taken over from Simon Brown for IT, (again our thanks to Simon for his past efforts), 
      • Malcolm Wigmore has joined for Donations and Sponsorships, 
      • Peter Reeves joined and has led the woodworking shed development, 
      • Martin How joined and will lead a team of Key Holders who will gradually increase our opening days, again watch this space, 
      • We are still looking for someone to take over as Secretary from Neil Slatter. 
    • Membership to Petersfield Men’s Shed is now fully open so do please take a look at us and we hope to welcome you as a new member soon: a membership form can be found at

    As you can see, busy, busy! 

    Progress has been amazing, all thanks to the many volunteer members giving their hands, expertise, skills, and time.  

    We are now starting to plan a proper launch of the Shed, inviting all those who have helped us along the way, local dignitaries, and hopefully John Ide’s widow Patricia to cut the ribbon and officially open us. We are aiming at late January/ early February so again keep watching. 

    Lastly, I wish everyone involved or connected to Petersfield Men’s Shed and their families, a very merry Christmas and Happy 2023. 

    Steven Watts