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Swanwick Men’s Shed

The shed will be open again from Thursday 13 May from 330pm to 6pm.

From Saturday 15 May the shed will open on Saturdays 0930-3.30pm. For the time being, we will not be open on Wednesdays - just Thursdays and Saturdays.

New members are welcome. 

We make garden trellis to order. See below Please use our contact page.

Our standard size garden trellis is available direct from GeeJays of Alfreton who have also supported the shed financially.

We have a shop on Facebook but most items sell by word of mouth.


On 30 October 2019, the shed was awarded the Derbyshire Live Local Heroes Community Building award

In September 2019 the shed was awarded Shed Community Project of the Year at the UKMSA Shedfest.

Our story

Swanwick Men's Shed opened on Saturday 17 June 2017. Membership is open to men and women 18 and over. There is a £12 minimum annual donation and a daily minimum donation of £3 to cover tea, coffee, and biscuits. We make and sell products to cover our costs. The shed is supported by ValleyCIDS, Amber Valley Rotary and Ripley Town Council and GeeJays of Alfreton.

Many local residents support us with donations of tools and machinery which are greatly appreciated and given a new lease of life.

Welcome to Swanwick Men's Shed 

  • Do you want to make friends and socialise with other men and women?
  • Do you want to take part in community projects, Turner Farm projects or do your own thing?
  • Do you want to drink tea, eat cake and talk?
  • Do you want to re-cycle, repair or re-furbish items?
  • Do you enjoy being in the open air in a rural setting?
  • No - we don't ask the ladies to do the washing up!
  • Yes - we can make our own cakes!

Then a warm welcome awaits you at the shed.

The shed has been in the planning since Christmas 2015 when the concept was proposed by Valley CIDS who operate an educational establishment at Turner's Farm Project Charity no. 1123173 and provided a brand new shed for our use. The shed is a not-for-profit organisation with its own constitution and budget within the charity.

Swanwick Men’s Shed is the first of its kind in Derbyshire and is located on a 48-acre farm dating back to 1740, between Alfreton and Ripley in Amber Valley. We meet on  Thursdays from 3.30pm and 930-3pm Saturdays at Charity Farm, the Turner Farm Project, Turners Lane,[off Crays Hill] Swanwick DE55 1AS. 

We get together as a small group from a variety of different backgrounds wishing to take part in various DIY projects and hobbies. The sharing of our skills and ideas together with the camaraderie and company of similar like-minded men have created an atmosphere in which we help and motivate each other.

We are members of the UK Men’s Shed Association which is rapidly expanding throughout the UK with sheds opening at three a month.

We are aimed mainly at men who have some spare time on their hands and wish to keep themselves motivated and busy. Ladies are welcome to join in and if there is sufficient interest we could run a ladies session as well. There are huge health benefits in taking part in this type of activity for those who are retired, or between jobs right now or perhaps those who have taken early retirement and are wanting to keep themselves focused.

Whatever your reason, if you think you would like to come along and join us, you are more than welcome. See the place, meet the rest of the 'Shedders' and have a cuppa, then decide whether it is for you. Make something in wood - make friends.

Why not pop in on a Thursday from 3.30pm or Saturday from 0930 or use our contact form and one of the shedders will get back to you.

Download and print off our information leaflet - see link below



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