“The ‘Men in Sheds’ movement started in Australia over 20 years ago. It was in response to a need for a place where men could meet and interact with each other; sharing skills, gained during their working lives, and undertaking projects for the benefit of the community. ‘The Shed’, as it’s known, incorporates a vast expanse of talent which includes carpentry, mechanics and electronics.
Biggin Hill Men In Sheds was started in 2016 and was initially supported by Age UK. It flourished, but due to the end of central support funding, it had to go-it-alone and went Independent in 2019!!
The Shed have been asked to participate in various projects and to make a variety of items. A sample of these can be seen on our gallery page.
Early in 2019 the shed was extended to include ladies. Thus ‘She-Shed’ was born with an exclusive day, Friday. They enjoy arts, crafts and workshop activities.
The Shed runs a repair café on the last Saturday of each month. This is designed to reduce landfill and to convince people that replacement of an item is not always necessary. Items for repair can be brought along and for the shedders to see what they can do to repair and make good. The Café is open from 11am to 3pm. This service is FOC, however if parts are required they have to be purchased and a donation is always welcome.