Grab the Perfect Christmas Gift for a Gentleman Over 55

phoenix-shed-xmas-cardAre you stuck finding a present for the older man in your life, or maybe for your Grandad?

Look no further than The Phoenix Shed Membership Christmas Card, complete with a full year membership to be a part of The Phoenix Shed at Threeways for just £20.

The Phoenix Shed, located at the Threeways Centre, Nursery Lane, Ovenden, HX3 5SX is open for business to all men aged over 55 so take advantage of this great offer and get involved.

A shed is many things to many men, but The Phoenix Shed caters for everyone and has a great deal to offer, including friendship.

In the Social Area:

A marvellous social area with comfortable seating and a fully fitted kitchen, which is great if you just want to come for a drink and a natter, or do whatever you want to do.

  • Computers are available, with all the assistance you need from beginners to advanced.
  • How about a jigsaw table, or play cards.  Plenty to read – in fact it’s YOUR SHED – come and make some suggestions.  You might even like to learn how to cook up a great meal – we can help!

In the Workshop Area:

  • The Shed is your oyster.  Want to make something?  A garden gate, a bird table, or repair that old chair?  Do a bit of wood or metal work turning?  The workshop can help you to realise that long wished for project, subject to Health and Safety Training.
  • Don’t have the skills?  Well there’s bound to be someone else who can help you along the way.
  • Do you have a skill that could be passed on to fellow chaps?
  • We already have several projects just waiting for your skills.

The shed is currently opening every Monday and Wednesday – 09.30am to 4pm both days.  There may be more sessions when need is established.

Social Membership is £20 per year, which gives you access to all that the Social Area has to offer.  Workshop is £2 per session.

If you would like to know more, just ring Eddie 07481 543881, or Chris 07930 207537, or come to The Shed and see what we can do for you.  We look forward to seeing you there.

An Introduction to the Art of Walking Stick Making – Event for men Over 55

The Phoenix Shed ‘will be running sessions on making walking sticks by Sticky G of Ogden Fame including tea, coffee, biscuits and friends provided.

Starts Wednesday 5 October 2016 – 9.30am to 12pm
At The Phoenix Shed, Threeways Centre, Nursery Lane, Ovenden, HX3 5SX

To reserve your place please call Chris on 07930 207537 or Eddie on 07481 543881.

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An Introduction to the Art of Walking Stick Making – FREE Event for men Over 55

Go along for a FREE event presented by The Phoenix Shed ‘An Introduction to the Art of Walking Stick Making’ by STicky of Ogden Fame including tea, coffee, biscuits and friends provided.

Monday 8 August 2016 – 11am
At The Phoenix Shed, Threeways Centre, Nursery Lane, HX3 5SX

To reserve your FREE place please call Chris on 07930 207537 or Eddie on 07481 543881.

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Triumphant Phoenix Shed!

Eddie Moss at The Phoenix Shed with a completed ruddderWhat a triumph of teamwork and sheer determination from the guys at The Phoenix Shed to produce 18 new rowing boat rudders for the St. Gemma’s Hospice 35th Windermere Row, that took place over the weekend of 25th and 26th June.

St Gemma’s fundraising lady, Nicola Harkess, asked Phoenix Shed member and trustee, Chris Freeman, if he could help with new rudders for this year’s row and Chris promised to help in any way he could.

Chris roped in fellow Shed trustee Eddie Moss to help and the two of them tried to source a sponsor for the traditional material, 12mm marine plywood, but without any success.  Then a chance telephone call for help from a close friend of Chris’s sparked a chain of events that led to that friend, Dave Elliss, sponsoring some rather special uPVC sheet.

Chris Freeman at the Phoenix Shed with the 18 rudders packed to go to St. Gemma's HospiceDave is working on a project to replace kitchens in the flooded properties in the Calder Valley and he agreed to donate enough sheet uPVC to make 18 new rudders.  This is a first for this type of material; no one has ever used it in a marine environment and working with it proved a challenge for both Chris and Eddie, but they succeeded and got the job done.  Helping along the way were fellow Shed members Geoff and Hugh.

After three weeks of working on the rudders nearly every day at the Phoenix Shed, the project was completed at the stroke of 5pm on Friday 24th June, just in time for delivery Saturday 25th at Windermere.  Along the way there was some brilliant thinking and innovation to make the whole project come together.

Chris Freeman handing over the rudders to St. Gemma's Hospice at WindermereWhen Chris arrived at Waterhead, Windermere, on the Saturday morning just after 8am, the rudders were quickly whisked away to be fitted to the rowing boats.  In fact they all went out at least twice on Saturday, with an afternoon row as well as the morning row and then again twice on Sunday.

Chris had previously made 12 rudders in marine plywood in 2014 and they were also pressed into use many times over the weekend; much appreciated by the crews who borrowed them.

The rudders were made to an original design that Chris produced for his own team’s rudder, way back in 1997 and modified to work with the uPVC material.  That original rudder is still going strong and proved it’s worth again this year when the John Mercer and friends team that Chris has been part of since 1995 won the 10 miles Men’s row on Saturday 25th in a staggering 1hr 44mins, a full 28mins ahead of their rivals.

Not content with that, the team went out again on Sunday 26th and undertook the 21 miles row, which they completed in a fantastic time of 4hrs 48mins in quite atrocious, windy weather and nearly an hour in front of the next best team.  Not bad for a team whose average age is 64¼ yrs.

The Phoenix Shed is more than about projects like this though, with a wonderful social area where guys over 55yrs can relax with like minded others.

Social membership is only £20 a year and that covers full access to the social area that has comfy seating and a fully fitted kitchen, so tea and coffee are always on the go, but something hearty can be cooked up as well.  We are currently open Mondays and Wednesdays, 9.30am to 4.30pm.  Why not drop in and have a look, you’ll be impressed.

The workshop area is available to any member, subject to a health and safety check and community projects, like this one for St. Gemma’s will always be needed. (We already have another in the wings, to help the rugby union club at Ovenden Park) Even if chaps are not overly handy with tools, but want to make something or just help out, there are plenty of other guys more than willing to teach the required skills.

But there’s even more than that, with loads of other ideas on the go.  Computer skills, photography, chess, draughts, jigsaws, and even using a sowing machine.  Yes guys, we have it all – well most of it anyway.

The Phoenix Shed is easy to find, as we are in the Threeways Centre off Nursery Lane.  Turn into the Meadow Dale Medical Practice entrance and follow the driveway around to the back car park. The shed faces you as you enter the back car park and we have signs in the windows.  We are in the unit on the far left as you look at the building.  There is disabled access direct from Nursery Lane, via the green gate about 15yds above the Meadow Dale entrance.

The Phoenix Shed is now open

Phoenix Shed LogoThe Phoenix Shed, Halifax is now open for business to all men over 55.

A shed is many things to many men but at The Phoenix Shed we cater for everyone and have so much to offer, including friendship.

In the social area:

  • A marvellous social area with comfortable seating and a fully fitted kitchen – great if you just want to come for a drink and a natter, or do whatever you want to do.
  • Computers are available with all the assistance you need from beginners to advanced.
  • How about a jigsaw table, or play cards?  Plenty to read – in fact it’s YOUR SHED – come and make some suggestions!  You might like to learn how to cook up a great meal – we can help!

In the workshop:

  • The Shed is your oyster…  Want to make something?  A garden gate, a bird table, or repair that old chair?  Do a bit of wood or metal work turning?  The workshop can help you to realise that long wished for project.
  • Don’t have the skills?  There’s bound to be someone else who does and who can help you along the way. Or, do you have a skill that could be passed on to fellow chaps?
  • We already have several projects in the pipeline just waiting for your skills.

How to find us:

The Phoenix Shed located in the Threeways Centre (old Ridings School), Nursery Lane, Ovenden, HX3 5SX

From the Ovenden Way end come down Nursery Lane and at the second set of speed bumps, turn left into Meadowdale Group Practice. Go left and around to the back car park and you will see the Shed right in front of you.  We are in the left hand side of the building and access is via the gate on the right of the car park.

From the Keighley Road end, go over the first single speed bump and then over the next set and turn right into the Medical Centre just before the next set of speed bumps.

Opening times and entry:

The shed is currently opening every Monday and Wednesday – 9.30am to 4pm both days.  There may be more sessions when need is established.

Membership is just £20 per year which gives you access to all that the Social Area has to offer.

Access to the workshop area will be subject to a Health and Safety and competence induction, and will require an extra charge of £2 per morning or afternoon session, .

Find out more:

If you would like to know more, just ring Eddie Moss on 07481 543881, Chris Freeman on 07930 207537, email us at phoenixshed@outlook.comor come to The Shed and see what we can do for you.

For the latest news and updates find Phoenix Shed on Facebook.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Grab the Perfect Gift for a Gentleman Over 55

Phoenix Shed - Friday Flyer PosterAre you stuck finding a present for the older man in your life, or maybe for your Grandad?

Look no further than The Phoenix Shed Membership Christmas Card, complete with a £20 membership to be a part of The Phoenix Shed.

The Phoenix Shed will open it’s doors to members, over 55 years of age at the beginning of January 2016 and to celebrate the good news, every new member application  before Christmas will be entered into a prize draw with the chance to win a £20 Local Shopping Voucher.

Apply now and be a part of The Phoenix Shed, a place to pursue your hobbies and interests in a friendly and welcoming environment.

To get involved call 01422 344074 – 07930 207537 or email chris.freeman@hotmail.co.uk  or if you require further information call Eddie Moss on 07533 610763 or Rob Clegg on 01422 254211.

Phoenix Shed launch and inaugural meeting

what is men in shedsWednesday 5 August saw the launch of the Halifax Men in Sheds project – the Phoenix Shed.

30 people attended the inaugural meeting of the group held in the tech-block of the old Ridings School, now Threeways Centre.

Here is where the local men are planning to get together to pursue hobbies and interests.

“A shed provides a community space for men to socialise together whilst working shoulder to shoulder. This is how many men communicate”    Eddie Moss, a founder member of the group

A member based organisation there are now seven men on a steering committee who will be responsible for shaping development of the project over the coming months.

Rob Clegg, member of the committee said,

“Although our shed is mainly for men of retirement age or older, or in ill heath, it is not limited to these groups; younger men and women will also be welcome”

To find out more about the project or join as a member, get in touch on 07481 543 881  or email phoenixshed@outlook.com