We aim to provide a place that offers friendly, comfortable surroundings where people can come and get involved in a number of activities including:
or indeed, whatever the group or individual wants to do. It’s more about the inclusion than the activity, it’s this that improves the health and well-being of our members.
We are always open to suggestions for new activities and if we have the space and budget we will endeavour to see that it happens – so please don’t be shy to suggest anything after all this is your space.
A Day In The Life
First things first we pop the kettle on and make a brew, before opening the doors for a busy day at The Shed… Our regulars arrive and get started on their projects – Tony’s building a made to measure radiator cover for one of our customers, Owen is hand-crafting wooden toys which go down a treat with the kids ( young and old). Our two Terry’s are adding the final touches to an up- cycled table and chairs – adding wax and polish to bring out the beauty of the wood. Maureen is refurbishing a wooden footstool with new fabric – looks great don’t you think?
Our shop window displays a variety of products for sale – all crafted, repaired or up cycled our dedicated team of member volunteers. This brings a steady flow of curious visitors through the door to see what BootleTool Shed is all about.
The phone rings and its one of our many Shed supporters – this time a local DIY store who have some spare timber and supplies that they would like to donate.
Meanwhile, everyone is busy – sawing, sanding, drilling, painting – creating and making great stuff!
Next up, someone walks in and asks if we can build a be-spoke storage unit. We get the order sheet ready and take the details. We are lucky to have many talented Shed members who are confident to take on bespoke projects. Checkout our photo gallery to see the final results of their hard work…
Lunchtime and time for a well-earned break. A chance to grab a sandwich, a cuppa and a chat with our fellow Shedders. Not everyone joins to do DIY…. some simply enjoy the opportunity to drop in to say hello, we even have a pool table in the chill-out zone. Door opens and in walks a chest of drawers ( accompanied its owner LOL). it’s not in the best state and definitely could do with a lick of paint – can we help? ‘Yes we can!! – we regularly up-cycle items of furniture that otherwise would go to the Tip and end up in landfill. This is great for the environment and challenges today’s throw-away society.
We’ve also had two new members joining the Shed today -one is a recently retired and another has been made redundant. All our visitors receive a warm welcome to our community workshop. Some people call in to look round, maybe browse our stock and find a bargain, others ask for our help to build something bespoke, some want to get involved and join our DIY community.
Our next phone call is someone offering some unwanted furniture from a house clearance. Another chance to let our Shedders’ do their magic.
Oh….is that the time already? As they say ” time flies when you’re having fun..”
Time to put the tools away & lock up – but we will be back tomorrow!!