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Swanwick Men's Shed


Swanwick Men’s Shed

Swanwick Men's Shed opened on Saturday 17 June and is open to members from 10am to 3pm Saturdays and 3.30pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays into the evening. Membership is open to men and women 18 and over. There is a £10 minimum annual fee and a daily minimum fee of £3 to cover tea, coffee and biscuits. The shed is supported by ValleyCIDS, Amber Valley Rotary and Ripley Town Council.

Welcome to Swanwick Men's Shed 

  • Do you want to make friends and socialise with other men?
  • 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 Wednesdays and Thursdays at the Turner Farm Project, Turners Lane,[off Crays Hill] Swanwick DE55 1AS. Sessions are from 3.30pm.

We got together as a small group of men 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, has 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.

Why not pop in on a Wednesday or Thursday from 3.30pm 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



Swanwick Men's Shed About Us