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Tanio Cymru

Shed Day

We had a visitor to the Shed today. It was Ruth Morris from Tanio Cymru. Ruth is their “Programme Manager for the Arts in Health”, project. Tanio is the organisation, that runs the “Breathing Space” groups across Bridgend County and are based in Bettws. The “Breathing Space” sessions are a free, weekly, drop in sessions. The aims of the groups are to encourage the development of confidence and communication through creativity.

At the moment they have 5 groups:

Bryngarw Country Park

They are hoping add a group in the Maesteg area, to that list. If anyone is interested you can contact them by phone on 01656 729246 or by e-mail on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Visited Ferryside Men's Shed yesterday, they have a very productive workshop, one member is even making a guitar. When I popped in, late afternoon, a couple of members were just finishing some door wedges, getting ready for sale. They are situated next to the Community Centre at Ferryside, a very busy hub of activity for a small village.

Mike Gives Us The Finger

Apart from the usual activities in the Shed today, Les showed us some videos of simple but effective painting techniques. Some of the lads are going to have a go with acrylics in the next few weeks, we already have a couple of budding artists.

We also discussed making some Cigar Box Guitars, Les is going to source the materials for our workshop, then we will be ready to go.

Mike gave us a short talk about his new acquisition and I asked him to repeat it for the video below where he demonstrates the sound using finger picking and a bottleneck for old country slide effect.

We could do with some musicians, if you know anyone (Male or Female) that would like to join in, improve their playing, learn to play, or just sing. We have various instrument at the Shed to have a go on, including keyboards, guitars, drums, ukuleles and even a 5 string banjo.  

Today's Action Filled Episode

I went upstairs in the Conference Room to find John Gates (Master Fabric Engineer) being serenaded by some of the ShedHeads This was after we had successfully downloaded software for our laser engraver, to enable cutting or engraving next week. We are due to have a film crew visit us in August and they are very interested in the music, unfortunately two members of the group were away today.

John Gates is in the process of making waistcoats for the band. In the woodwork room, there were some carpenters banging nails into some wood, I'm sure it wasn't random, perhaps it would have been a good idea to ask what they were making....... next time.

In the main room downstairs, others were putting the world to right as usual. But hopefully in the near future we will get them involved and active in two of our new projects, thought up by our members, making cigar box ukes and painting using acrylic paints.

As it was, everyone was doing something, which can only be a good thing.

We could do with some musicians, if you know anyone (Male or Female) that would like to join in, improve their playing, learn to play, or just sing. We have various instrument at the Shed to have a go on, including keyboards, guitars, drums, ukuleles and even a 5 string banjo.  


We Had a very interesting meeting last Thursday. Several months ago we were approached about the idea of setting up a “Repair café” in the Maesteg/Bridgend area. We invited Phoebe Brown from the Repair Café Wales Team based in Cardiff to come to talk to us.

Phoebe made a very strong case for the café, about the need to reduce the amount of equipment that is now going into landfill. When often with a small repair, they could have been put back into use for many more years.

She also spent time explaining the support and training that could be available from the Repair Café Wales organisation should we decide to go ahead with the project. Our members asked some pertinent and interesting questions about procedures and liabilities of running the scheme, which Phoebe answered easily, they were obviously questions that had been asked many times before.

Also present were Jackie Prosser from BAVO and Chris Southern from Men’s Sheds Cymru. Jackie promised BAVO’s support and help for the start up. A question was raised about the pool of expertise needed to cater for the variety of items that could turn up on the day. There will also be a need for volunteers to run the café. From “meeters and greeters” and those to look after the paperwork etc. As the Repair Café  will be a separate organisation from the Men’s Shed the call for “Fixers and Volunteers” will be made to the whole community.

Chris liked the idea of involving the members from a cluster of Sheds. This would fit in with one of the objective of the Men’s Sheds, that of working for and with the community. This would also bring in a greater pool of expertise to draw on. If the idea worked in this area then it could be spread across Wales.

The members decide to “Have a go”. Firstly we need to contact the other Sheds in the Bridgend area to see if they would like to be involved and to run a pilot day in the Maesteg area to see in it would be viable.


Garth Parochial Church Council

Thank you very much for your kind and generous donation of £52.The money will be used to support the men of the Llynfi Valley and surrounding area. 

The aim of the Shed is to provide a safe environment for men to come together to work on projects, share skills and experiences. It s only through the generosity of organisations, such as yourselves that we are able to do that.

Thank you again