Ascot Shed is a community workshop space offering locals the opportunity to engage in practical activities, learn and practise skills, share their expertise & experience, and socialise with like-minded people.
Established in 2021, we have attracted more than a dozen members and word is beginning to spread. But we're just getting started.
We've built ourselves a half-decent workshop for woodwork, and we're now using the donated machinery, tools and materials to renovate other parts of the building, improving the facilities and expanding our capabilities.
We have big plans for Ascot Shed, so we'll likely always be building or upgrading something. We aim to provide the broadest range of volunteer-run workshop facilities anywhere in the UK, eventually.
Some of the activities we're planning to accommodate:
If any of this sounds like your cup of tea, please get in touch and we'll arrange a time for you to visit. Or simply pop in if you're in the neighbourhood during the week.
We're entirely community-funded, and have been fortunate to receive donations of tools from local residents and reclaimed timber from events held at Ascot Racecourse.
If you have any tools, machines (working or not), industrial furniture or building materials going spare and would like them to be well used and much appreciated, please email Info@AscotShed.org [email link].
Whatever your reason for contacting us, please tell us a little about yourself and include a phone number so we can call you back. Thanks.
We welcome any support that local residents and businesses might wish to contribute, however we have little need for volunteer manpower. We like to do the work ourselves.
We look forward to hearing from you.
We are located in a spacious building in the centre of Ascot, just off the High Street behind Tesco Express. The address is:
Surrey House, Course Road, Ascot, SL5 7HQ [map link].
We're open every weekday, between 10:00 and 17:30.
Any adult capable of navigating a semi-hazardous environment without supervision. It's essential that you're mature enough to understand the risks, and able-bodied enough not to pose a threat to your own safety or that of fellow members.
Yes and no. Our membership is currently 100% male and our focus is on providing a space for men predominantly. Not only are retired and out of work men a woefully under-served demographic, but men are generally more relaxed when there are no women around. Don't ask us why!
That said, we named it Ascot Shed to let the door swing both ways. Members of the fairer sex are welcome to join and muck in with the gents, but should be aware that it's a fairly harsh environment; Cuts and grazes seem to spontaneously appear; Safety boots are essential.
It's not just us though. Men's Sheds are a worldwide phenomenomenon. The best place to learn about "Sheds" is the web site of the UKMSA, with which we are affiliated:
UK Men's Sheds Association [FAQ link].
Now you're all caught up. We'll be adding much more to this web site but we're having too much fun in the workshop to update it regularly.