Lots of people help make the Shed happen.
We have 9 key people who give up a huge amount of their time as volunteers.
We call them 'Shed Heads'.
They all have amazing skills linked to woodwork and carpentry, whether turning, cabinet making, mending, designing, as long as it's wood, they can do something with it.
What they bring is a wealth of knowledge, experience and all kinds of expertise to the project.
Here are their stories, they all did amazing things before they retired and decided to donate some of their precious time to help all our members or
'Shedders' share their love of woodworking and pass on their skills. All have been known to like a cuppa too.
Here are their stories.
Where to start. Pete's full biog coming shortly.
Musician ( banjo a particular pash) boat builder, merchant seaman, Morris Man, shanty singer extraordinaire. Pete's shy, so we'll bring you more of what he's been up to in the past soon...
Basically can he fix it, yes indeed, he can.
His preferred non-alcoholic tipple - White Coffee one sugar.
Andy was apprenticed as a carpenter and joiner and on completion of his apprenticeship worked in the MGM film studios at Elstree/Borehamwood, much of this time in special effects. On leaving MGM he started his own business making custom built furniture until he sold the business in 1991. Then, with his wife Pat, they ran a small Guesthouse /Conference Centre in Westbrook for five years followed by one year in Hotel Management on Jersey. He then became the General Manager for a large estate and Halls of Residents for students in London and ended up the as the Project Manager.
After visiting a Men’s Shed in Perth, Australia, where he saw the great work they were doing he became involved with the embryo Town Shed in Broadstairs and is proud to be a Founder Shed Head. His other interests are local history, railways ( he's a volunteer at Crampton Tower Museum too) and he has a large scale model railway in his garden.
How he takes his cuppa - White Coffee no sugar.
David had multiple jobs over the 60 years of his working life. Even after retirement age he helped his family run a Home for the elderly in The Wirral. Now he has many grand and great grand children too ( they keep me on my toes). He always blames himself for standing too close to Kerry when there was a Town Team community project being painted in the high St. 'If I’d just walked on I would never have been hijacked into being a volunteer'. Passionate about antiques( he ran a restoration business too at one point) with a very particular love of model boats means he has a collection of over 20 .David is our Shed head who doesn’t like woodworking or carpentry. He is our chief publicist locally and if there is a leaflet or poster to be distributed, David's on the case. Just goes to show that non-woodworking skills and enthusiasm have just as important a role to play in Shed life. He won’t like us telling you but he is 83 and has all his own hair.
David's first coffee of the day ( White, no sugar) is normally about 4.30 a.m.
Originally from Maidstone. He’s the Shed’s Bionic Man ‘Had so many accidents, am held together by stitches’ Loves Sport, and when pushed on which ones, ‘Anything with a ball’ Lover of music, particularly R&B, but will give most things a listen.
All his working life, Bill was involved in the building Industry. Bill knows how to do most stuff, much to the delight and benefit of the Shed. Always laughing too. Speciailsed in refurbishment projects, and worked mostly in 'Sarf' London. Bill has 6 children, who keep him on his toes. His Desert Island Dish would be Chicken Madras. Fave biscuit – much to the amusement of the others is apparently a Lemon Puff.
Bill is strictly a Tea - white with no sugar man.
I grew up in London and first started work for the London Electricity Board in 1971 until 1977. In 1978 after being diagnosed with Crohns disease, I went into a business partnership with my Dad in the butchering business ( his lifelong career), ending up with 3 shops. On the side I was also a semi professional DJ! We sold up in 1988 when I moved to Broadstairs and that's when I further developed my love and skills in carpentry, all work at first coming from my local pub the Lord Nelson and things spiraled from there. I had to stop work in 2010 as further surgery for my Crohns Disease meant I could no longer do any lifting. I did voluntary work for Citizens Advice Bureau until 2015 when I heard about the Shed. I enjoy every minute of my time at the Shed and love sharing my knowledge, learning new skills and making some great new friends. Although my health is declining now I'm still really involved with helping pricing up and supervising jobs.
Tea - white with one
From ‘oop north’ originally, then moved to the Midlands( Rugby). As a young ‘un managed to get out of most lessons by playing sport for any team going.
Left at 15 to be a joinery apprentice. Took Higher Building qualifications then trained to be a woodwork teacher, didn’t then fancy it went straight into the building trade. Lasted 9 months. Teaching called.
33 years later took early retirement ‘Got fed up with the paperwork’, including 18 years teaching special Education ‘with fantastic children and staff’. Loves sport. Has supported Tigers for 50 years, passionate about cricket and Archery. Works with local archery for the disabled club locally as coach.
Loves being a ‘Shedhead’ and being part of a group of like-minded people from all walks of life has been a revelation. Says he is ‘having the time of his life’ all he says down to the support and understanding of his loving and VERY tolerant wife Carol.
Claims not to like biscuits, but we don’t believe him.
Tea - white with one for Garry almost always.
I've had a varied background and worked for Leyland, as a greengrocer, a bus driver and bus repair engineer.
In my spare time I enjoyed scuba diving, stock car racing and flying. I still have fire eating on my bucket list!
The shed means everything – companionship, laughter, friendship and a wife!!
I love being here and getting involved in everything with everyone.
Strong white coffee is his drink of choice
When I was a little kid my dad owned a wood yard so I have always been around and loved making things.
When i was 14 at school I did a year of woodwork – no other lessons! it was great, i helped the teacher and loved it. I remember the headmistress from the local girls school wanted some chairs refurbished so I did it all and got paid a £1…it was a lot of money in those days!
I didn't manage to get my dream job of being a carpenter but when I lived in London I had a big workshop at the bottom of my garden. When I first moved to Broadstairs I had to downsize and
couldn’t have anything like I used to so when I first came to the Shed I was so excited!
I now have a big workshop in my new house and so love my time here helping other people and chatting. I’m up for doing most things except painting (don’t mention it!!)
I love being able to go home and talk about what I’ve been doing at my two days at the Shed.
Tea - Strong no sugar
I'm a local lad, born in Birchington, I went to St Saviours Primary school then on to King Ethelberts Birchington. While at this school I joined Margate Sea cadets which I enjoyed so much it led to my next step in life which was 25 years in the Royal Navy. I joined in late 1962 as a JACK (junior assistant cook) and left the Navy in 1987 having reached the rank of Chief Petty Officer Cook.
On leaving the Navy and marrying a local lass by the name of Wendy we bought the Deli in Broadstairs which we ran for 15 years.
On retiring I was asked to help out a friend at the Royal Albion Hotel which I did for a year or two then called it a day at working. I now needed something to do with my time so I started going to the Broadstairs Town Shed and found the comradeship very similar to the Navy, there are plenty of jokes! banter and friendship. It's great to help others when needed, Lots of members make cakes, which are always appreciated. So it's a great place to be for all and the rest is history.
Tea should be weak - white no sugar but unlike the Navy you have to get your own no one brings it to you here!!