I can't keep up with the excitement at the Shed, every week something seems to be happening.
Friday morning the container from Parker Plant, Llanelli arrived and several of us were at the Shed super early, mainly because we knew the delivery might cause a little bit of chaos. The day before I was thinking of the possible disruption we were going to cause so in my head I was preparing to wear a high viz jacket and direct traffic. I needn't have worried because Young Bros Civil Engineering, who are working on Mond Corner, helped us out and did the traffic management on our behalf. They were superb and I cannot thank them enough. The boys form Parker Plant operated the crane and lifted the two tonne container off the lorry and onto the hardstanding as if it was a toy! We were all impressed.
After the excitement we retired to the Shed for a celebratory tea/coffee and cake, there was a party atmosphere going on which was infectious because before we could say "hooray" the Shed was full, it really was. It wouldn't have surprised me if everyone had started dancing, that was how good it felt. Thank you Shedders.
What will this week bring? Well, Swansea Bay TV 'phoned tonight and they are coming Wednesday at 11am to film us in action. The recorded programme will be on at 6pm Channel 8 Wednesday evening. The excitement never stops at Men's Shed Clydach.
Looking forward to seeing you all on Wednesday, the kettles will be whistling.
We'd like to take a moment to say a big thank you to the people of Clydach and Swansea for their continued support with the Shed. We'd like to extend a special thank you to the individuals and companies below who have helped us over the last couple of weeks - your help has been amazing.
Sian Morgan - Tesco Pontardawe
Gordon Walker - County Councillor
John Jenkins & Paul Thomas - Members of the community
Keri Bowden - Bowden Constructions, Clydach
What an exciting week we have had at the Shed, it has all been happening!
On Wednesday, Gordon Walker arrived in his van with lots of wood on the roof and a load of tools in the back. He was ready to make the doors. By Thursday afternoon our new doors were up and what a sight to behold. A huge thank you to Gordon (and not forgetting Paul who was his labourer). Your help and support is very much appreciated!!
A big thank you to John Jenkins too. He has been amazing and has installed the electrics in the shed and now we have light whenever we need it.
We expect the delivery of our shipping container to come this week and our ever-expanding shed will get a little bit bigger again.
You will also be pleased to know that we should have a log burner in place fairly soon. Some of the boys are going to make a firm base for the burner to stand on and then a specialist will come in and fit the necessary bits so we can use it safely. We will have heat Shedders!! It will be warm in the Shed. I know that has been our dream but soon it will be a reality.
Tomorrow is supposed to be a dry, sunny day. We always seem to by lucky with the weather on a Wednesday. Kettle will be on and whistling to welcome you all.
It was a very wet Friday at the Shed and I honestly did not expect many to turn up, how wrong was I?!
We arrived slightly later than usual which was not good when we needed to clear bird tables, wheel barrows and ladders out of the Shed (in the pouring rain) before we could get in. On top of that we had to boil two kettles on a gas camping stove, which is not the quickest and set the tables and chairs up so everyone could sit down. Oh yes, we were also trying to get the generator firing on all cylinders so we could have light.
Despite the total chaos there was a party atmosphere going on as one of the Shedders was celebrating. Chocolates, cake and biscuits appeared as well as a dozen extra people and everyone started singing happy birthday. The kettles started whistling as a chorus to our sing song and I began to wonder if I was going mad. The electrician walked in, the lights came on and everyone shouted "hooray" before giving our lighting magician three cheers. It was so funny you had to laugh.
Last Friday taught me one thing, not to dread a wet day at the Shed.
Looking forward to doing it all again on Wednesday. Hope to see you there!