29th September 2020

We are now open again with limited numbers. Please see Attendance at the Shed under Covid page.

22th September 2020

After a lot of work by the members, led by our heroic leader Bob Wickens, the exit (fire escape) ramp has been completed.

17th March 2020

Currently due to outbreak of Covid-19 the management committee has had closed down our activity at the shed (Annex) until further notice.

However, we are still very active so please contact us to join in the email, WhatUp and other online discussions we are having. Particularly if you are alone and in need of some help.

6th January 2020

The Annex is open for business 🙂

15th December 2019

Christmas Closing: The Art Centre will be closed from Friday 20th until Monday 6th.

Last session on Friday 20th until 13:00. Restarting at 10:00 on Monday 6th.

AGM Election Results

13th November 2019

AGM Election Results

From the AGM, we have a new Management Committee and a few changes to the Trustees

Management Committee

Chairman: Bob Wickens

Treasurer: Jeremy Honner

Secretary: Frank Dutton (

Committee Member: Stephen Clare

Committee Member: Steve Conway  (IT manager)

Committee Member: Geoffrey Curle

Committee Member: Bob Newton

Committee Member: Dave Redding

Committee Member: Nick Voogd


Stephen Clare

Secretary Frank Dutton (

George Harland

Treasurer Jeremy Honner

Chair Bob Wickens

5th November 2019

Men In Sheds Bedford Annual Christmas Lunch Tuesday 17th December 2019 at 14:00

We are excited to announce our annual Christmas Lunch on Tuesday 17th December 2019 at 14:00.

You will need to sign up on the list at the shed, along with a £5 deposit. Cost depends on how many course you have, and how much you drink.

16th October 2019

Annual General Meeting (AGM) Tuesday November 12th 14:00

This is our yearly meeting where appointments to the Management Committee are made – come along and vote.

Hear the reports from the management committee and the trustees.

Get involved in setting our plans and objectives for the next year, and for the next few years

22nd June 2019

An Outstandingly Successful Open Day

The Men In Sheds Bedford Open Day on the 22nd June 2019 was an outstanding success, with several hundred people attending. Our event was supported by Mohammad Yasin MP and Alistair Burt MP. The Mayor of Bedford and the Mayor of Kempston were also in attendance, along with over a dozen local councillors.

The chairman, Bob Wickens, said that, “We hope that more men realise we are here, and how we can make a difference to their lives. Just come and join us.”

On display were examples of what the Men In Shed get up to when they are not too busy talking and drinking tea. Woodwork, carving, engraving, computers and electronics, model railways, weaving, woodturning, fine art painting, calligraphy and metal casting. Throughout the day there were also ongoing demonstrations, and the food from the BBQ went down well.

The charity would like to thank everyone who gave up their time and made an effort to visit us. Also a big thank you to E-spired Centre of Excellence, who very kindly allowed us to use their hall and grounds for the event.

27th May 2019

Launching our campaign for our OPEN DAY


26th May 2019

Code of Conduct policy has been updated and re-issued.

Code of Conduct 240519

7th April 2019

New draft policies for Safeguarding and Equal Opportunities have been added
<click me for Safeguarding Policy Summary>
<click me for full Safeguarding Policy>
<click me for Equal Opportunity Policy>

5th April 2019

On Friday evening Bob N attended the official opening of the Espire school (next to our building) alongside Stephen, Geoffrey, and David.

Our MP Yasin and some councillors were present. We now know a little more of what they do and how they do it!

We arranged to help them in various ways such as mock interviews for the school leavers

1st April 2019

Break-in and theft of tools from the Annex


19th March 2019

Successful visit to Atlas Converting by Men In Sheds Bedford.

1st February 2019

Trustee reports for the Charity Commission have been posted.
<click me for Trustees Annual report>
<click me for Receipts and Payments Accounts>
<click me for Examiners report>

Also the minutes of the 2018 AGM are available.
<click me for 2018 AGM Annual report>

20th November 2018

Great turn out of members for the Annual General Meeting. There is now a new Management Committee and new Trustees.

19th November 2018

Do you live in the Bromham/Great Denham area and need a lift in to MiS on a Monday morning? If you do then please let either Steve Conway or Frank (07368479389) know and we will try to arrange something with you

15th November 2018

Recent study find testosterone helps men’s depression.<Click me>

10th November 2018

Well done to Geoff and Bob for attending a Church Fete and raising over £20 for the Charity.

30th September 2018

ShedFest 2018 and UKMSA’s AGM will be taking place on Saturday 17th November at the University of Worcester Arena.

28th September 2018

Two new trips out announced. Both are being organised by Stephen Clare, please see him for further details.

October Tuesday 23rd: 08:45 Visit to Charles Burrell Museum of Steam Powered Engines

October Wednesday 31st: 09:45 (please be at the shed by 09:30 for prompt departure) Second Visit to Military Intelligence Museum for those that missed it. There are strict rules of entry, so you must have signed up with Stephen Clare by the 24th October.

27th September 2018

The Guardian has an interesting article from Age UK:

Loneliness among over-50s ‘is looming public health concern’

<click me>

18th September 2018 – Men In Sheds Facebook Group (and page) now live

As part of our increasing profile, we are moving actively into social media (Facebook). The group has existed for some time, but we have not been able to easily administer it. We can now, and we are looking for some to be become the Social media champion (if you are experienced on Facebook)

18th September 2018 – Men In Sheds Wednesday Sessions are now available

Dear All, thanks to the effort of several keen members, we are announcing we are running official Wednesday morning sessions. Machines allowed but generally hope to be a slightly quieter day (possibly).

Please take advantage of this as we really want to be making greater use of the facilities that are available to us.

16th September 2018 – Men In Sheds AGM Announced

The charity’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) is announced for Tuesday November 20th 14:00. Nomination for places on both the Management committee and the Trustee board are now open

15th June 2018 – Men In Sheds Management Meeting

Bob Wickens has been acting as Chairman for the last few months in our recent meetings. In the recent management meeting on the 15th June, he was elected by the committee as the Chairman.

In a moment of weakness he agreed to this, please support him in this difficult tasks 🙂

5th June 2018 – Men In Sheds Bedford Barbecue

A big round of applause for Men In Sheds Bedfords for a great team effort on the Barbeque on Tuesday the 5th. It was a fine example of what we can achieve together.

However, we must say a particular “Well Done” to Bob for organising everyone, a task that makes herding cats look easy, and Dave for barbecuing the meat all evening.

1st June 2018 Carers in Bedfordshire: Dave’s story

Men In Sheds Bedford’s  Mr Dave speaks out in Carers in Bedfordshire. Great story speaking out about the issues around being a carer. Click on the image below for the full story.

25th May 2018 GDPR

Tougher data privacy rules come into effect from the 25th May 2018. See Men In Sheds: Bedford’s page on how we protect your personal data. <Click Me>

23rd May till 2nd June 2018 Permission to speak Exhibition.

There is currently an exhibition at the Bunyan Basement (at Bunyan Museum), which involves the Pottery Class in the Art Centre, and Men In Sheds too.

Last year we built the plinths that the art is displayed upon. This year we (well Stephen) renovated two boxes (pretty much rebuilt them), which were from the Panacea Trust, and are being used a “Secret” boxes. I also created the powerpoint presentation that is running with all the stories from the ladies.

In addition, they are also raising funds for Carers in Bedfordshire – which I am sure you are aware have kindly featured our charity.

If you can, it would be nice to pop along, say hi, marvel at our plinths, and support the Exhibition.

23rd May 2018 The friend effect

The friend effect: why the secret of health and happiness is surprisingly simple <Click Me Now>

21st May 2018 Free Stuff (almost)

We have an offer of a stand alone saw-bench that is about approximately 300mm diameter saw with a 4 inch cut.

Available for a donation to the charity.

Contact Stephen (

13th March 2018 Carers in Bedfordshire 

Men In Sheds Bedford makes it into Carers in Bedfordshire thank to the sterling work done by  Mr D. Redding.

13th February 2018 Men In Sheds Bedford visit Bedford Pumps

4th February 2018 Cost of Membership

Trustees announce 2018 membership costs – please see cost of membership

19th December 2017 Christmas Lunch

Christmas Lunch was eaten

26th October 2017 AGM

A General Meeting for Men In Sheds: Bedford has been announced. It is on Thursday November 30th at 10:00.

This replaces the AGM that would have normally taken place at this time (due to Men In Sheds having become a charity in August).

Hopefully, all members will make every effort to attend. There will be cookies, and cake 🙂

24th October 2017

Men In Sheds: Bedford’s Christmas Lunch has been announced.

Tuesday 19th December at 12:30 Deposit of £5.00 and exact numbers required by 15/11/2017

Christmas Menu

23rd August 2017

After considerable hard work by a dedicated band of Shedders, it is with much excitement, that we announce that:

Men In Sheds: Bedford is a registered charity (1174339)

8th August 2017 EGM

The EGM has taken place and approved the new constitution.

3rd August 2017

Computer training will restart in October, when everyone is back from holidays 🙂

11th June 2017

Help needed with Clapham show on the 10th September; see Stephen Clare for details.

3rd June 2017

Great news on Prostate Cancer trial.

Guardian News: Prostate Cancer trial stuns researchers

15th May 2017

Article on how to have a long and healthy retirement.

Guardian News: Retirement

11th May 2017

Please note that the Art Centre is closed on May 29th as it is a bank holiday.

Try the link to BBC News Scotland – there is an interesting item on Men in Sheds

Shed Heaven – turning men’s lives around

3rd April 2017

Men in Sheds Computing was teaching how to edit websites.

17th March 2017

Provisional dates for Easter closures have been obtained.

Since the Nursery School is planning on running a Easter school club from the 5th to the 13th, at this time we believe that the site will be open expect for the Easter weekend (Friday 14th, Saturday 15th, Sunday 16th, and Monday 17th).

Note that the site might lock the gates early; as at New Year I was trapped in, and had to scale the fence, walk home, and leave the car behind.

12th March 2017

A reminder that further information for Men In Sheds Bedford Members is available on DropBox, see links below.

MiS Common Graphics

MiS Publications

Also that there will be no Computer training on Monday 20th since it has been snowing in the Alps and the trainer is off snowboarding on a last minute holiday.

Thursday 23rd February 2017

09:00-16:00 Visit to Heathwood Lower School, Leighton Buzzard – see Wormery and Bug hotel projects.

All went very well and the children had a great time with the worms and building the Bug Hotels. Hopefully the worms haven’t escaped so far.

Result of EGM on the 21st February 2017

As a result of the EGM, Men In Sheds Bedford now has new chairman.

Please all welcome George Hardland our new Chair, I’m sure that he is going love it 🙂
minutes of the meeting – click me

Shed Breaking News – Safety comes in a can, I can, You can, We can be safe.

3rd February 2017

Sorry again for the short notice of this.

In response to a candidate coming forward to be Chairmen of Men In Sheds: Bedford, we are required to have a vote on electing him at an EGM.

We are proposing an EGM on Tuesday 21st at 09:30.

Fresh from the Committee Meeting I can confirm that the committee is proposing George Harland for Chairman. I am sure that most of you will know George has he has been a member for some years.
Please support your Shed and your Committee in this matter, as I am sure most of you are aware, having a Chairman allows Men In Sheds Bedford to move forward with Charitable Status (COI) should that be the way we all decide to move in the future.

23rd January 2017

The two new computer for Men In Sheds are now online and available for our Monday Training sessions. Or bring your own laptops, if you have them.


20th January 2017

Full steam ahead as Model Train session is announced – first meeting on Wednesday 25th January 13:00-15:00

18th January 2017

Further information for Men In Sheds Members Bedford is now available on DropBox

MiS Common Graphics

MiS Publications

15th January 2017

January Newsletter has been published and distributed – check your spam now 🙂 It is also on the website, see under News menu.

13th January 2017

It’s snowing in Bedford.

There is now a Projects page on the website – please update the Secretary (Steve Conway sc@steveconway) with new and past projects

8th January 2017

There is now folder in the shed to add all your diary events, and events of interest (they will be added to the online diary page too).

6th January 2017

Many older people spend every day alone.

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4th January 2017

Please note Bedford Art and Craft Centre is now open – happy shedding all.

1st January 2017

Happy New Year everyone.

20th December 2016

Laser-activated drug a ‘leap forward’ for prostate cancer treatment.

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