Member Update – Feb 2024

Welcome to our latest member update, with some news on what’s been happening over the past couple of months.

Cookery Class

Steven Watts conducted another successful Cookery Class in cooperation with the local charities Age Concern and Winton House. This time Creamy Chicken Curry with Basmati Rice.

We plan to run the class monthly if there is interest, please email Steven ([email protected]).

The Petersfield Seed Swap

Peter Reeves, along with Paul Crocker made 10 seed boxes for the seed packet exchange at the upcoming Petersfield Seed Swap on 9th March (10am-2pm) at Winton House.

Here’s Peter handing over 2 of the seed boxes to Claire along with a poster of the event.

Pop along and say hello on the day because we have been invited to have a sales stall at the event.

Organised by the Growing Together gardening podcast ( with Petersfield’s Shine Radio, the Petersfield Seed Swap is supported by East Hampshire District Council’s Grow Up programme, funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

80’s 8 bit home computers a bit of R&R (Research & Repair)

One of our recent members, Rob Bewes brought along a couple of 80’s 8 bit home computers for an entertaining evening on Wednesday 21 Feb and provided us with some interesting facts as well as hints and tips on repair.

Also joining us was Ian Wegg who had delved into his loft and found an early ZX80 which he brought along to show us all.

We are hoping to be able to host Rob another evening with a variety of other home computers from a similar era.


Recent Projects

The Petersfield Men’s Shed have been contacted by a variety of people over the past months and here is a summary of some of the hard work of our members.

Dog Gate
A portable dog training gate for use by the Petersfield Dog Training Club is one of a number of examples of a successfully completed project.

Kestrel Boxes
A couple of industrious group sessions by our members resulted in twelve kestrel boxes being built for Raptors of Newton Valence ready for installation around their village ready for Spring.

Market Stall
A local not-for-profit organisation ‘Entertainment Events’ which donates all net proceeds of its activities to specific local charities, requested a ‘Market Stall’. Our members designed and built one which was used for the sale of ice cream during the Seussical Musical event held at the Festival Hall.

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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