May 2016. Terry Lyon came in to bid farewell before returning to Australia. Though he was born and was trained as a cabinet maker in the UK he left forty years ago to make a life abroard. He was enormously successful in his trade in Australia but returned to care for his ageing mother five years ago. Whilst here he played a pivotal part in developing the Shed in its early days by drawing on his unique range of experience. He remained attending and helping others with their work until recently when his other died. We owe him a great debt.
On April 15th 2016 we were inteviewed by a reporter from the New York Times interested in how the Men's Sheds movement got started in the UK.
August 6th Built and installed the main gate of Calthorpe Community Garden
July 21st Presented our products at the Newtown Festival.
July 1st Installed a kiln for firing ceramics. All 6 one-day wood-turning courses sold out until the end of the year.
June 2012: we gained extra publicity when the Camden Town Shed was featured on the national Men's shed website written by our chairman – see www.menssheds.org.uk
June 2012: We exhibited at the Green Fair in Regent's Park with the pole lathe and fretsaw seat getting a lot of attention .
May 16th 2012 Korean men need our Shed
A delegation from the Suwon Lifelong Learning Centre in Korea visited the Camden Town Shed this week. Sunyoung Jung, researcher, told us that just as in England, ‘Korean retired men need to get out of the house and do something’ especially ‘those who are not that much sociable and need some kind of achievement.’ She described the Shed as ‘a brilliant idea’.
The delegation had come to London looking for innovation in Adult Learning. The Men’s Shed movement has quickly spread from Australia to Ireland, the UK and Canada and this is the first indication that this type of project has relevance in non-Western cultures.
Towards the end of their visit the delegation asked Mike Jenn, the Shed’s chairman, to record a video encouraging the men of Suwon to get together and create their own learning and sharing environment as we have done. Sunyoung subsequently added in a ‘thank you’ email ‘I and my colleagues could see how passionate, vibrant and real an organization could be when it is community-based and self-help’ ‘Your story, I believe, will motivate many current and upcoming retired seniors in Korea.'
May 2012 Educational Tools
An expert in working with autistic children is about to publish a book describing the tools he has found most useful. As these are not available commercially he needed to find a way of getting them produced. We agreed to make several sets of 13 educational tools in readiness for any orders at the cost of the materials x 2.
April 2012 Whittling workshop
Joseph Bloor, a greenwood enthusiast, gave up a day to show us how to whittle. We all thoroughly enjoyed learning and sitting around in a 'knitting circle' whittling away with knives making spoons from branches and chatting as we went.