Make a Waistcoat with John
Join the Camera Club - Any Phone or Camera will do
Get some grub by Les
Learn the Drums, or Come & Play
Learn or Play Along with us
Make a bowl perhaps?

At last the first project has been completed using the sewing machines. John who plays several instruments in the “Shed heads” our musical group. Was concerned that his Irish drum called a Bodhran might get damaged while transporting it between gigs.

We designed a circular bag to keep it safe.  A patchwork bag is made from left over pieces of very strong  velvety material . It is about 18inches in circumference and about 6 inches deep. It has a zip that goes halfway around the circumference. To make it easy to put the drum in the case

John sewed the case together and even made and sewed on a pocket to keep the various drum sticks in.

John can’t wait to get on with his next project a waistcoat.

On the whole this is a good report but we have to do better by the mid-term report if we want more money of them.


This is what Elizabeth said we have to do


  • If they would like to reallocate some of the budget and provide details of the reallocation.
  • Complete the capital asset tab for the capital expenditure.
  • Amend the income projection to reflect a realistic projection.


But there are other things that we need to do.


  1. In addition to this there are interest sessions on other days of the week, which was not included in the six months update, but has been advised to include in future reports, as well as events.
  2. The group has been advised to keep working towards the 80%, ( members from their designated areas) and not go below the 70% reported at six months, and if still below 80% at midpoint, to make up the 80%, they can count those that are economically disadvantaged from outside of the agreed areas, which the group said are 100%.


3.  The group agreed that recording system can be improved. They feel they could use    an online diary for the weekly meetings and events.


4.  Outcomes are measured through the AC outcome questionnaire and informal feedbacks. Advised that the outcome could be more robust, by adding quotes and specific feedbacks from the participants, and some case studies. The group plan to write some case studies and submit this with future report. Also will start recording anecdotal feedbacks. #


We Need a scribe. Someone who enjoys writing stories,


Recruitment will continue by target leafleting in the agreed areas.


We need to do this during the summer

13% of the budgeted costs underspent at six months. The group has been encouraged to reimburse volunteers for their travel expenses, and also agreed that some of the volunteers expenses originally intended for travel, but not used, could go towards subsidising the cost of ingredients for the shared meal.


The management committee member in charge of purchasing the materials explained that he has been frugal and careful with spending, and has been able to get many of the materials cheaper than budgeted resulting in the underspent, so have been advised that more materials could be purchased to be used later. The group confirmed that the expenditure will be on track by midpoint of the project as many activities will take place in the summer months. However, the Insurance budget will be underspent as they have been able to get this cheaper for £170 instead of the £350 budgeted per year. The group has been advised to discuss how the underspend could be reallocated and provide details in the midpoint update.


 We need to decide how we are going to spend the money without wasting it.


The good news is that:


The group has been advised that they are eligible to reapply once they have gone pass the midpoint, (which is this December) if the programme is open in their area.

As you will see from our Events Calendar, we will be receiving a visit from Alison Clement (Public Health Wales  ) on the 19th July. This is the information she has sent me. If you know of anyone who would be interested invite them along.   

When others were in our workshop, fabric engineering was taking place upstairs. John Gates is seen preparing the men in sewing techniques, ready for us to make our own waistcoats. John teaches at the local adult education centre.

Games Jamboree

Wednesday 23rd May, what a great night. Everyone said how much they enjoyed themselves. Chris the chair from the Caerau Shed wrote to ask when is the next one. Other that the curling game all the other games were made in or small wood working room by or members. 14 turned up 7 from ShedQuarters and 7 from Caerau.

So we split into 7 pairs to have a go on the games. As well as the curling there was roll-a-ball, bounce-a-ball, two games of shove-ha'penny (but because of inflation it was shove-two-pence). two marble alleys and skittles.

The winner of each game was given a voucher. With a prize (four cans of beer) going to the person with the most vouchers at the end of the night.

The night ended well as there was a draw for the prize one member from each shed. Colin from ShedQuarters and Paul from Caerau Men's Shed shared the prize and went home with a couple of cans of beer each.

We received a very nice thank you card and donation of £50 from the Village Association of Top Llangynwyd. They were very grateful that a bench in the village has been (in their words) so splendidly restored, and it was a pleasure to see it being used again.

I would like to thank Alan, David and Garfield for carrying out the work. 

The association was so pleased with the restoration that they have taken a photograph of it to send to the local Gazette newspaper and will be attaching a plaque on the bench to say that it was restored by the Maesteg Shedquarters

Days at our Shed....

While members were producing in the workshop, Les was teaching in the music room, after he had prepared a superb shepherd's pie for us all. Thanks Les it was Yummy.