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Music Festival Essential!

25th June 2024


Are you going to a music festival this summer? Shedder Lynne has made this brilliant bottle carriers which is ideal for the occasion.

Available from Redditch Community Shed, Unit 7, George Walk, Kingfisher Centre, Redditch. Open every week on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, 10 - 2. First come first served.


A Bird Box with a Difference

13th June 2024


A colourful birdbox, with a "twist", made by shedder David for a friend. Great work.


A Helping Hand

9th June 2024


One of Redditch Community Shed's lady members, Lynne has produced this brilliant fidget quilt. Used to help calm and relax those with dementia, alzheimers and autism, by providing a sensory and soothing experience for their hands.

This can be purchased for £15 from our shop at Unit 7 George Walk Kingfisher Centre Redditch, on a first come first served basis.

Redditch Community Shed is open on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10.00 to 2.00.


Preserving a memory

5th June 2024

We've just collected a batch of tools from a Shedder's neighbour whose father was moving into a retirement flat. He was having to leave his workshop behind and really didn't want to see it go to landfill so we went over and picked it all up for him.

Going through the tools back at the Shed we found a brass plaque for the "EMYC Annual Rally 1978" in one box of bits and we went back to ask if they really meant to give this away. The donor told us that her dad used to take her to the local Model Yacht Club as a child so we decided to give them both something to bring back these memories.

Shedder Davide cleaned the brass plate, routered out a nice oak plaque as a mount, and then polished it all up nicely. The owner and his daughter were both delighted with it - a keepsake and a reminder of a happy childhood.

It's not unusual for us to be offered tools by someone who can no longer use them. Some of these we keep for ourselves, others we send over to Tools With a Mission ( a charity who test and refurbish them and make up kits that are sent out to people and communities who wouldn't otherwise have the tools they need to get started. Either way we can reassure the donor that their tools are still going to be used.


Summer is Here at Last!

2nd June 2024

Redditch Community Shed members handed over this great looking, and hand crafted, carnival style game to Emma Gladstone from the Webheath First School Academy Friends Association.

They are all set for their Summer Fair in the summer.


Something Very Fishy

25th April 2024

Another one off fish sculpture by shedder David. For sale in the shed at only £20. (Sorry but we cannot reserve this - visitors to the Shed only on a 1st come, 1st serve basis.)

The Shed is open Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, 10.00 - 2.00. 7 George Walk, Kingfisher Centre, Redditch.


Georgian Splendour in Miniature

30th March 2024

Shedder Jasmine has worked tirelessly in building and furnishing this superb Georgian dolls house, which was donated to us.

Brilliant work Jasmine


Mancave/Shecave or Tiki Bar Art

21st March 2024

Two "Man/She Cave" or Tiki Bar wall hangers made by Shedder David from palletwood. Great work


Wickes- You Nailed it!

17th March 2024

A big thank you to DIY store Wickes, Redditch, and in particular to Store Manager Mark Tomkins, for this fantastic donation of screws and nails to Redditch Community Shed. They have all been sorted and put in their new home ready for use.  Without donations like these we simply could not survive.


Keeping Your Nuts Dry!

7th March 2024

This unusual Shed made squirrel feeder was collected by its new owner today. Designed to keep the food dry and provide a stimulating challenge for squirrels.  What do you think?


Windy Miller Would be Proud to Call this Home

23rd February 2024

A fantastic fully working windmill made by shed member Brian.  Brilliant work.

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Redditch Community Shed Reopens

26th April 2022

On 26th April the Shed officially opened its doors at 7 George Walk, Kingfisher Shopping Centre, Redditch.


The ribbon was cut by Tina Duke, and wife of the late Roly Duke. Also in attendance were supporters of the Shed, Ken Williams, Kingfisher Centre Manager, Elaine Grant from the Old Needleworks, Simon Stokes from Sign Specialists, Adam Pemberton, Kingfisher Centre, and members from the Shed.

Roly Duke set up the Redditch Community Shed in the Old Needleworks in Britten Street and from there it has grown both in the number of members and size of meeting space.

Redditch Community Shed is a community space for all genders, ethnicities and abilities where people can connect, converse and create or just drop in for a chat. At Redditch Community Shed we have an ambition for men and women to be healthy and happy.

Without doubt the Redditch Shed improves people’s wellbeing and has helped people make new friends, reduce loneliness, anxiety, depression and other sheds in the UK Men’s Shed Association have even saved people’s lives. We create a positive environment in which members feel they can talk safely and freely about anything whilst working “shoulder to shoulder”.

Other than the social aspect of the Shed we encourage members to take part in activities if they wish to do so. We provide the necessary facilities for woodworking but are expanding into other areas of craft as we now have the space to do so. This means that the Shed appeals to more people and assists in the improvement of their mental health.

Whatever the activity, the essence of a Shed is not a building, but the connections and relationships between its members.

Redditch Community Shed looks forward to welcoming new members.


Redditch Community Shed - Official Opening Tuesday 26th April 2022 at 11.00am

21st April 2022

It has been a hard road but Redditch Community Shed will be officially reopened on Tuesday 26th April 2022 at 11.00am.  In time honoured fashion we will have an official ribbon cutting ceremony followed by tea, cakes, and biscuits.  We are located in Unit 7, George Walk, Kingfisher Centre in the unit next to the old music shop, now a wellbeing centre.  If you are passing please come and say hello.


Successful Grant Application

16th July 2021

Brilliant News for Redditch Community Shed - We are delighted to announce that our Shed has been successful in applying for a £5,000 Covid-Response grant from Worcestershire Community Foundation.


As some of you will be aware our twice weekly sessions at The Old Needle Works, Redditch ceased at the beginning of the covid lockdown. At the time our numbers were increasing and the venue became unsafe for the numbers both from a health and safety and covid perspective. During lockdown it was decided to finish the lease on the property and use the opportunity to look for a more suitable premises to cater for the increasing numbers of members once lockdown had come to an end.

We have identified a suitable premises and are working hard to finalise the details. This grant will go a long way to help us furnish the unit with equipment needed to continue the work that the late Roly Duke started and allow us to move onwards and upwards.

We are very thankful for Worcestershire Community Foundation for supporting our valuable work with, and in, the community.

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Rest in Peace "Our Gaffer" - Roly Duke

21st December 2020

It is with great regret I have to inform you that our friend and Redditch Community Shed founder Roly Duke sadly passed last week away after a short illness. He will be greatly missed by us all and we offer our sincere condolences and thoughts to his wife and family.

Members of the Shed wanted to express their thoughts and pay tribute to Roly as follows:

“Roly brought together a bunch of strangers and turned them into friends. He was always helping people in many ways either practically or through chatting - offering advice and support. Roly's Sheds changed so many people's lives for the better - whether giving them a reason to get out of the house or confidence to join the group and enjoy the benefits of socialising. So many great moments and laughs - those will continue for sure. Roly won't be forgotten - he'll continue to inspire us all. As it's my round, Cheers Roly!" Arthur

Roly became a very good friend in the short time I knew him. He will be sorely missed by a lot of people. So sorry for Tina and family at there loss". George

"Roly will be greatly missed but certainly not forgotten as he leaves a very large legacy. His passion for the men in sheds and for our wellbeing was always top of his agenda. He always put his heart and soul into everything he did. Cheers good friend". Brian

"Roly, you’ll always be an inspiration to “the men in sheds”, a passionate, caring man, and a good mate. I’ll miss you at the Shed and Wethers". Wally

"Roly was the heart of the Redditch Community Shed and the driving force behind its success. For him it was all about the camaraderie, the making of friendships, and giving something back to the community. He will leave a huge hole that will be impossible to fill – we will all miss him". Dean

"Roly’s generosity and passion are his legacy to us all". Sally

Rest in Peace Roly


Bench Refurbishment at the Forge Mill Completed

12th September 2019

Forge mill benches from start to finish, Dean and Sally did a fantastic job jet washing, repairing and staining the refurbished benches - well done!!!

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