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Co-op Community fund presentation.

The Town Shed was lucky enough to have been selected in late 2017 to be a potential beneficiary from the Co-op Community fund scheme for the whole year.

Lots of local Co-op shoppers nominated the Shed as their chosen local charity, and we therefore received 1% from the Community fund of their spend throughout 2017. 


Due to their kind generosity and support, in November, we were presented with a cheque for a whopping £4267.86!!!!

2 other local charities also received similar amounts, which is great news for Thanet.

Please come and join us for our annual Christmas Sale and Mince Pie event at The Shed.

Everyone welcome, come and see what goodies the Shed elves have been making to help sustain our wonderful workshop next year!!

Feb 13th 2018.

'Shed heads' Finalists in Kent Charity Awards!!

Whoo hoo!!.

The fabulous Shed heads (without whom we could not open our doors, share skills, encourage other Shedders and do work for our community) have been recognised by the Kent Charity Awards.

They have reached the final for volunteer group of the year. Whatever happens, and there are some other amazing nominees, they're absolute winners in our eyes.


Stay tuned for the results, they'll all be attending the awards ceremony in Gillingham on March 15th. Good luck to all the very worthy finalists.

1st Feb 2018.

Just Look at what has already happened.

Our supporters that have been kind enough to register their Co-op card online and nominate the shed as their local good cause have in less than 3 months raised almost £600 for the Shed.


Thank you everyone, and keeeeeep shopping.



( BTW you get 5% back too when you use your card and buy Co-op own brand goods!)


Go Co-op Community fund, and GO Shed supporters.

November '17. The Shed selected by the    Co-op as one of their local community fund beneficiaries for 2017-'18!

We're delighted to announce that Broadstairs Town Shed can now benefit every time you buy own brand Co-op goods!!

Not only do you receive 5% back on all own brand purchases when you use your Co-op card in store, but if you are kind enough to nominate us as your local 'good cause', by clicking on The Shed listing on your online membership page, the Shed will then also benefit with a 1% contribution from the Co-op too. 

This is open now, and runs through until the end off October next year.


It's easy to register. Please follow this link : enter your membership No., then you'll be directed to our entry. 

We'd be so grateful if you select us to be your beneficiary this year.


Here's our entry, you can see a running total of how many lovely people have spent with their local Co-op to benefit the Shed.


All the funds raised will help us continue all the amazing things that happen at the Shed, and enable us continue to help people, and more importantly, help the Shedders to help our community in turn, with woodworking and carpentry projects. Everyone wins!

November '17

We had another chance to win funding for our much needed lift.


We got through to the first round The Aviva Community fund 2017 again.


But..we were not lucky this time, but are certain some other good cause will benefit, which is great.


We did get a consolation donation of £100 to The Shed, which all goes in the lift pot.

We live to fight another day, in another way to raise the funds.

If you registered and voted for us both years , Thank you so much, we know it was not an easy process, so we appreciate your support.

Here's a film we did for our bid last year, which showed how to register and just why a lift is still needed!


September 2017. Welcome to Debbie!

We're delighted to announce that Debbie Meacham has just joined the Shed family as our new Administrator.

Debbie brings with her an amazing set of skills and experiences from working with the Senior Management Team at Broadstairs' own East Kent College. She loves Broadstairs and St. Peter's and is very excited about joining the team.

Debbie is at the Shed Tuesday to Thursday, during our normal working hours.

Do drop her a line or give her a call if you'd like to know more about the Shed, plan a visit, or perhaps see how you might be able support the shed with donations, or enquire about a community or repair project you'd like us to be involved with.


April is tools month!

Broadstairs Rotary in conjunction with TWAM (Tools With A Mission) collected unwanted tools etc in the Thanet area, and arranged for them to be taken to Africa in 2017. We shall be doing the same in 2018.

They are looking for unwanted hand & electrical tools Sewing machines, Adult Bikes, etc
Condition is not important as they can be reconditioned.

Small tools can be left at:
The GAP Project, Queens Road, Broadstairs, and bigger tools can be brought here to the Shed.

Aviva Community Fund  - 2017 appeal update

Sadly that we were not one of the Aviva Community Fund Winners.  We had amazing support from so many people, and for that, we Thank You from the bottom of our hearts.

There were SO many worthy candidates and we congratulate the very deserving projects and causes that did win. We were told how much our lift appeal was loved, and awarded a 'consolation prize' of £500, which helps us towards our target and we are very grateful for.

It's back to the drawing board for us and the Shedders, to work out how we can generate the funds needed for this much needed lift to help those Shed Heads with limited mobility get up to the tea and biscuits and loo they deserve to be able to enjoy - along with their more mobile compadres!

It's all part of our amazing Shed journey, ongoing fundraising towards our lift, our running costs and further developing our marvellous Broadstairs Town Shed. If you have any great fundraising ideas and would like to help please get in touch - we'd love to hear from you!

With many thanks to everyone for all your good wishes and support, which means the world - onwards!

Merry Christmas to you all from all at The Shed!


Christmas 2017 opening hours as follows:


Tuesday  27th December - closed

Wednesday 28th - Open

Thursday 29th - Open


Back to normal opening hours w/c 3rd January.

Pop up Christmas shop at the Shed!

join us at the Broadstairs Town Shed on Tuesday 20th December from 1-3pm for mince pies, festive cheer and a chance to buy some beautiful handmade gifts for Christmas.


Click for map


We are located behind MySpaceStorage. There is limited parking outside the Shed, however the Loop bus stops just by The Cabin Café, or there is on street parking on Westover Road and Northdown Road


We'd love to have an idea of how many people to expect so please drop us a line, by Thursday 15th.December, to let us know if you're planning to come along. It will be great fun and we can't wait to see all  our friends!   


join us at the Broadstairs Town Shed on Tuesday 20th December from 1-3pm for mince pies, festive cheer and a chance to buy some beautiful handmade gifts for Christmas.


Click for map


We are located behind MySpaceStorage. There is limited parking outside the Shed, however the Loop bus stops just by The Cabin Café, or there is on street parking on Westover Road and Northdown Road


We'd love to have an idea of how many people to expect so please drop us a line, by Thursday 15th.December, to let us know if you're planning to come along. It will be great fun and we can't wait to see all  our friends!   


We are through to the Aviva Community Fund Final!

22/11/16  - We are proud and delighted to announce that thanks to everyone's support and votes The Shed is through to the Finals of the Aviva Community Fund - to win funding to install an accessible lift!



With over 5 million votes cast in the competition, that’s no mean feat.  Thank you to all our wonderful supporters for voting and spreading the word far and wide! 


We now have to provide additional information to the panel of judges to help persuade them to choose us as worthy of the funding we need for the lift.  800 projects will be funded through this scheme and we are now one step closer to being one of them. 


The results will be announced on 10th January. 


#voteshedlift  #avivacommunityfund 

Give the Shed a Lift - VOTE SHED!


The Broadstairs Town Shed is a Town Team project, for older people. The Shed has been up and running over a year now and has expanded into a larger site, The Big Shed on the edge of town, to accommodate more members, having outgrown original Little Shed in Pierremont Park.  


After lots of work to make this new building fit for purpose we are fundraising to install a lift - something we can't knock up ourselves out of bits of old wood!


We have a chance to win £15,000 from the Aviva Community Fund, please vote for us here - everyone gets ten votes in this fantastic scheme. Read More



Great coverage of our opening from ITV Meridian - watch it here

The Big Shed opens, June 2016

Wednesday, 22nd June saw our new, much larger home open.

6 months of dedication, hard work and the donation of many, many hours and fantastic carpentry, plastering, painting skills have converted an unloved warehouse space into our all singing, all dancing new workshop space and offices. More than 100 people came to see our fabulous new space. Lots of old friends keen to get working on all the new lathes and workbenches.

And, of course, there was cake, and lots of it.


Our heartfelt Thanks to everyone that has supported our journey, local businesses who have supported us with great community spirit, but especially the Amazing Willow Winston, our fabulous landlady, benefactor and No. 1 fan. Go to Gallery

Shed makes new planters for Broadstairs Station concourse refurbishment. Launched 28th May 2016

Planters hand made the The Shed have now been installed and lovingly planted up at Broadstairs Station.

At a ceremony on 28th May, dozens of local residents, sponsors and Shedders came to see their handiwork now all in place and beautiful. 

Each of the planters was sponsored by a local business, individual or special interest group.


The newly-formed volunteer 'Station Crew' from Town Team will maintain the planters. If you are interested in sponsoring Phase 2 of the greening' of our lovely station please contact for further details.


Waitrose Green Token Scheme

Please VOTE for us (again!) as part of the Waitrose Green Token Scheme at the Ramsgate Store. The more tokens we get the larger our share in a £1000 prize! 


Voting opens on 1st of May for the whole of May.


Thanks again for your support

26.4.16 Shed features on ITV Meridian News.

Big Shed News

Fab time at the big shed the last couple of weeks - loads done, including a visit from ITV Meridian to do a piece for the regional news.

Watch the piece on our videos page. 


We'll be in the big shed until further notice as we're itching to get it finished.


If you'd like to find out more please call Claire on 07597 349290



Little Shed Open Day 26th March 2016.

Easter is imminent everyone.

We hope you'll come down to the Little Shed to see what we do, and also what lovely things everyone has made for sale to support the project.

Our new, larger building desperately needs a new roof, (and we cannot do that ourselves although we'd like to..) and so we'll be showcasing lots of wooden goodies for you to buy to help us with our mammoth fundraising efforts.

We're next to Pierremont Hall in Pierremont  Park, Broadstairs.

We'll be open from 10-4.

See you then.


We've launched our accessible lift appeal !

We'd love to welcome even more people to our new, Big Shed, including wheelchair users and those existing and potential new members who have a bit of gip going up and down stairs.


Our workshops will be on the ground floor, for all to access, but where's a Shed without a cuppa to talk about the days activities, new skills learned and have a laugh?


Our kitchen and hanging out area is going to be on the first floor, and we'd much rather everyone was allowed to access it, and do what Sheds do best - help create new friendships and learn stuff.


If you, a friend of relation, (or perhaps even a business you know!!) would like us to do just that - we have today( 4th March) launched a Crowdfunder appeal to help us raise the funds for the lift.


We've designed some lovely ways of saying HUGE Thank You's to all our pledgers and sponsors.

See whether one feels right for you. If you do not have a Shed near you, we can be your shed family - no matter how far away you are.


All money pledged will go directly into the Lift fund


Thanks in anticipation everyone.

Heart of the Community Winners

On Thursday the 21st January 2016, we were the proud winners of a Thanet Gazette's Heart of the Community Award. It was a great evening celebrating what makes Thanet such a great place to be - our volunteers!

The Shed has won a years worth of editorial support from the Gazette, and we couldn't have done it without you and your votes, thanks!


We're looking forward to working with the Gazette team over the next 12 months. We could not have won the award without the public vote, so a huge Thank You, and we're so glad our community loves the Shed as much as we do.


See more pictures from the night here

Ellington Park need your help

We love Ellington Park (we won the People's Millions at the same time!) and the incredibly dedicated volunteers who work to keep making it better and better. 

They have been selected by Tesco to receive funding for a trim trail in the park - how much depends on how many votes they get. So please go into your local Tesco store and vote - they can get up to £12,000! Voting closes on 6th March. 

The funds comes from the 5p bag charges - what a great way to use it!

Good Luck Ellington Park!

Massive Thanks to OFP Timber Frames

The Shedders are now working towards getting our second, additional site, The Big Shed, up and running. 


The popularity of what we're now calling The Little Shed, in Pierremont Park, means we now have so many members we have to have more space and this additional site will allow us to involve more people and introduce new activities as well.  There's lots to do and as you know we love a challenge!  


Today (5th Jan 2015) Our wonderful friends and stalwart supporters at OFP Timber Framed Homes 

have very kindly donated and delivered a HUGE amount of timber and trusses/joists so we can start the flooring, building work benches and walls etc!


We are so lucky and very, VERY grateful indeed to Alastair Naraway and his team and we wanted to say a public THANK YOU.


We'll be posting updates on the work in progress at The Big Shed on our Facebook page

Now the hard work really starts. Want to get involved? Please get in touch. 

Old,( but still interesting) news

Christmas Opening Times


  • Tuesday 29th December 11-3
  • Wednesday 30th December 10-3


Back as normal from Tuesday 5th January 2016


Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Help us win Gazette Award this December!

The Broadstairs Town Shed has a chance to win the Thanet Gazette Reader’s Heart of the Community Award. Please support us to win much needed funding and also get invaluable coverage in the paper throughout 2016 - for our journey and fund-raising campaign towards a new, much needed second site - The Big Shed.


The Shed particularly supports older men in our community, who are susceptible to loneliness and isolation. 


The Shed is a place where members can go to do woodwork and other activities in a friendly and supportive environment. It has proven to be very popular since opening after the community helped us secure £50,000 funding from the People's Millions back in 2013. Thank you for supporting us to open what we are now calling the Little Shed in Pierremont Park if you were involved with that campaign. We now need to take on a new and bigger space, which we will call Big Shed, in order to fulfill the high level of need for everything that the Shed offers, hence the Big Shed expansion project! 


If you support The Shed and our aims please complete the voting form printed in the Gazette on 27th November and 4th December - then either either drop the slip in to the Shed, or send to the return address on the coupon, before 20th December.



Text :  ‘KN HEART 1010  & Your Name, Address and postcode’ to 64343

(Texts costs £1 each plus your network message rate.)


Thank you very much if you can support us to win this Award, it will make a world of difference to all the Shedders - a chance to win much needed funding and tell the story of The Broadstairs Town Shed as it grows throughout next year. 

Handmade Christmas Sale

Come and see us at the 'Christmas In Broadstairs' event run by The Chamber Of Commerce in Pierremont Park.


The Shed will be open, offering wonderful hand-made wooden items for sale - come and buy some  to give as Christmas gifts to your loved ones from us - and help support the Shed. 

5th December from 11:30am to 4:30pm,


At The Broadstairs Town Shed - right next to Pierremont Hall in the park.

Summer Sausage Sizzle

A marvellous turnout for our first sausage sizzle!

Great to see so many shedders willing to risk Bill's cooking! (no offence Bill all done to perfection!)

Thanks to everyone who worked hard to make it such a fun afternoon, and a special thanks to Brogdales, Hazell's, Crusties, The Old Bake House and the Co-op for helping with the food and drinks. 

An inside peek into the world of the Shed!

We're so pleased to be able to share with you all two lovely films that a great, local film Production Co. - Modus Films - have made about the Shed.

They show the story of the Worldwide shed movement, why they are so important, and then our own journey to build a Shed in Broadstairs. You’ll also see some of the great things we have been doing and what our amazing volunteer Shedheads have done to make the project such a success.

We’re proud of our achievements so far and have lots of plans for the future. Space is our biggest challenge as so many people want to join, and that is a key focus for us this year.


Hope you enjoy watching them - and please feel free to share and spread the word!


Spring Fair 4th April

We're going to be opening our doors again on 4th April, selling lovely handmade wooden items for the garden and kitchen. 


All proceeds will go towards funding the Shed in 2015.


You can also pop along to the Spring Food Fair which is happening in Pierremont Park over the Easter weekend.

Hurrah! Our computer classes have started.

We're taking bookings for classes starting in April so please get in touch if you or anyone you know is interested.