The recent past and the future of the Phoenix Shed

Before we came to the lockdown, the Phoenix Shed had been doing some amazing things in the local community.  Their most recent project involved the pupils of Moorside Community Primary School.  The school had been planning a community garden and wanted to encourage wildlife into it, so they enlisted the help of The Shed.  What came out of that was a wonderful amalgamation of old brains and youthful exuberance.  The Shed made up 8 bird box kits, a hedgehog house and a bird table.

Eddie Moss and Chris Freeman, from The Shed, visited the school in March and two groups of children and parents made up the 8 bird boxes.  The joy of seeing 8 and 9 year old children banging nails in with all their might, with smiles on their faces, will live in me forever.  With hope, these animal houses will attract many birds and maybe a hedgehog family next year.

The Future

 The trustees of The Shed are having to deal with the way forwards and to address this they are considering how this can be achieved, in keeping with the Government’s guidelines, with help from the UK Men’s Sheds Association.

Stay tuned for further updates!

Men’s sheds are set up to help tackle social isolation.  If you know of someone who could benefit from joining the Phoenix Shed, please contact Chris Freeman – 07930207537, or Eddie Moss 07481543881.  We have so much to offer!

Bird Boxes, Toilet Roll Holders and Garden Benches from Phoenix Shed

The guys at the Phoenix Shed have been busy making bird boxes for this Spring and now have a small stock, just waiting for some bird friendly customers. The ‘Standard’ bird box is of a typical RSPB design, but is easier to clean. Our newest offering is a ‘Swift’ nest box. All of these are on offer at £15 each, or £24 for two. Their quality means that they will give many, many years of service, without needing to be painted, or treated.






A Posh Toilet Roll Holder


The brief was’ “I would like a sort of rustic toilet roll holder that will hang from the towel rail under the hand basin”. So here’s what was made for the lady.



Garden Benches

They now have garden benches all ready to grace your garden this summer. Made of pressure/heat treated timber and triple coated with Ronseal 5 year paint, they should give many, many years of faithful service. They are also very sturdy and competitively priced at just £125.

And next week a story about Victoria Road, Hebden Bridge and how The Phoenix Shed has worked with the local community to clean up the are in time for summer.

Get your Presents from the Phoenix Shed!

The Phoenix Shed Halifax can make a whole load of different sorts of things that you could give as Christmas presents.

Walking Sticks

Stick A is a Derby head in American white oak with an English chestnut shaft.  The head is reinforced with a hard steel pin.  It would suit a person about 5ft 6in, but could be made smaller and could be fitted with a rubber tip.  £35

Stick B is a Ring Stick with American white oak head and English cherry shaft. These sticks are often taken into a show ring and used to tap a bull, or cow to get them to move.  However, as it’s quite small, it would be great for a child.  Again the head is reinforced with a hard steel pin. £25

Stick C is ‘Benny the Beluga’ head in honour of the Thames Beluga Whale.  The head is English silver birch with a cotoneaster shaft from my own garden.  Again the head is reinforced with a hard steel pin and the shaft can be cut to suit the buyer. £50 represents the uniqueness of this stick.

Ring either Eddie on 07481 543881 or Chris on 07930 207537 for more details

Bird Boxes

Maybe you would like a bird box.  If one is put up during Winter, it will ensure that birds are used to it come Spring time and they may even roost in it during bad winter weather.

The Phoenix Shed standard bird box is made to an RSPD design from untreated pine.  With 22mm thick timber they offer excellent insulation.  They also have a unique and very simple way to clean them.

The front entry hole shown is 29mm, but smaller, or larger holes can be made to suit different birds. 29mm is ideal for most sparrows and tits. Half front boxes can be made to suit robins and wrens.

All of the boxes are £15.


The good news is that Phoenix Shed has just taken delivery of a new batch of Red Pine, so they are better placed to continue with garden benches and planters, ready for next season. They can make a whole load of other things as well.

However, if you want things for Christmas, best get cracking now, before it’s too late.

If you know of a man, over 55, who is not getting out enough and maybe needs a new purpose in life then he can learn new skills, or pass on what they already know.

The Shed is open to all men over 55 years, Monday and Wednesday 9:30am–4:00pm and Friday, 9:30am–12:30pm. They are located in Threeways Centre, Nursery Lane, Ovenden (the old Ridings School). Give either Eddie 07481 543881, or Chris 07930 207537 a ring to discuss. 

Find them on Facebook! @Phoenix Shed or come along and see what else we do.

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More news from Phoenix Shed

Setting a New Benchmark


This is one of the latest projects and the finished benches are coming off the production line.  Nick redesigned the benches to fit with the timber from Northern Power Grid / Balfour Beatty.  The timber is heat pressure treated, so will last for many years to come.  We can supply the benches either plain, unpainted, or in a variety of Ronseal 5 year paint colours. Fully painted they are £115. Ring either Eddie on 07481 543881 or Chris on 07930 207537 for more details

planterTriple Deck Planter

Another of Nick’s designs, these planters can be made in single, double, or as this one is, triple deck. If you are short on garden space, then this could be the very thing for you.  Again, they are made of the same substantial timber as the benches.

Fully painted they are £125. Available for viewing at The Phoenix Shed Halifax, Nursery Lane, HX3 5SX

Sling me one of those


Chris has been busy making two catapults for a customer, whilst Dave had been repairing her pop group’s speakers.  Catapults are available for both target work, or fishing and as they are very individual price is on application.  In the photo the one on the left is for a 13 year old boy and the other is for a 48 year old boy. Ring Chris to enquire on 07930 207537.

3 legs better than two


How about one of these lovely and versatile tripod stands?  (Tennis balls and washing basket not provided). Keep your washing basket at a handy height to save bending down all the time and the bonus is that it also keeps it dry when the ground is wet. Made from heat pressure treated timber to last you many years to come. Ring Chris to enquire about these stands on 07930207537.

Bread & Jam at The Shed!

george Allan
They make a right pear! (jam)

George and Allan met at Walking Stick Making and Wood Carving where they discovered that they had an interest in home made bread and jam.

The Shed is open to all men over 55 years, Monday and Wednesday 9.30am – 4pm and Friday from 9.30am – 12.30pm. We are located in Threeways Centre, Nursery Lane, Ovenden (the old Ridings School).

Find us on Facebook! @Phoenix Shed or come along and see what else we do.

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The Phoenix Shed is Open for Walking Stick Making and Wood Carving

The Phoenix Shed at the Threeways Centre is primarily for men over 55 to come together in a constructive way. As well as the gardening many other things are happening as follows.

Wood Carving

Wood carving sessions run every Friday, 10:00am-12:00pm and are quite busy, but there’s room for a few more. If you have your own tools, then so much the better. Each session costs just £2. Phone Chris 07930 207537 or Eddie on 07481 543881 to see if places are still available.


Walking Stick Making

The Wednesday morning walking stick making sessions are proving popular too. If you would like to try making one for either yourself, or for someone special, why not come along and try it out. Each session is from 9:30am-12:00pm and costs just £2. Phone Chris 07930 207537 or Eddie on 07481 543881 to see if places are still available.



Great Things at The Phoenix Shed

In fact it’s blooming wonderful; everybody says so.  The flower beds have been in full bloom for months now, thanks to the hard work of the gardening chaps.  The work that the National Citizen’s Service teenagers did, has now been augmented by six volunteers from Lloyds Bank, who came to Threeways garden for a whole day.  Enormous thanks to all of them.

All they have to do now is keep on top of weeding!


Six volunteers from Lloyds Bank with Rob, Chris and Geoff from The Phoenix Shed


Walking stick making and wood carving

Allan is now the proud owner of his trout head walking stick.

What a catch!

Benches and planters

If you want a planter for an odd corner, or to fill a special place, just ask The Phoenix Shed.  This one was just £140

In pressure treated pine, to ensure a long life.


A beautiful 2 or 3 seat bench like this could be in your garden within a week.  In pressure treated pine to last many years outside.  Unpainted it’s just £100.  Painted in two coats of either Lincoln Green, Medium Oak, Dark Oak or Harvest Gold is an extra £15.

Collect from The Phoenix Shed at Threeways, either: Completed, flat packed for simple self assembly, or we can deliver for a small charge depending on distance.

Enquiries to Eddie 07481 543881, or Chris 07930 207537


National Citizen Service Working with the Phoenix Shed and Threeways

National Citizen Service (NCS) worked with The Phoenix Shed and Threeways Centre between 16th and 20th July 2018.

The Phoenix shed have worked hard to make their garden at the front of The Shed, but there were many other areas, close by, that were still in need of clearing and planting up. Following a lead The Shed contacted National Citizen Service (NCS) at and arranged, together with Threeways Centre, for a group of 14 teenagers plus two supervisors to help with this great project.

In scorching hot weather between 16-20 July, the 16 volunteers, plus helpers from Threeways and The Phoenix Shed, set to, to clear the weeds and undergrowth.






The weed clearance group faced dry stony ground and found the going hot and dusty.

Whilst the shrub clearance group had some welcome shade, the ground was full of stones and roots. Pick axes, hand axes bow saws were all employed by the teenagers, once they had been trained to use these potentially dangerous tools.

However, there was time for a bit of fun at the end of a long hot day

The volunteers worked Monday and Tuesday, but went off to Todmorden on a fundraising expedition on Wednesday. Money raised was split between Overgate Hospice and plants for the project at Threeways.

By Friday morning the group had reassembled with all of the plants that they had managed to buy, with each small group choosing their own plants. Eddie Moss set about the planting scheme so that the teenagers appreciated the way that tall plants go at the back and lower growing at the front, with maybe signature tall plants as little islands.

This was a fantastic project and heartfelt thanks goes to all of the volunteers and NCS for their input.

A nice bit of rain on Friday evening after the planting really helped get the plants away to a fine start, but the chaps from The Phoenix Shed are taking no chances in this hot weather and continue to hand water the young plants.

We heartily recommend this charity ( to anyone who has a project that could benefit these hard working teenagers. What is there to lose, it’s a win – win for everyone.

As the garden progresses we’ll keep you updated on its progress.