Our workshop, facilities and membership
A craft workshop and resources for people in and around Burgess Hill who need a work place, equipment and help to pursue their own projects and hobbies, or wish to join others and work on community based projects. The workshop is a stimulating environment for pursuing worthwhile activity, socialising, and sharing interests and experiences. It is a large, well lit space equipped with a range of traditional and modern equipment ideally suited to craft activities.
We endeavour to support any craft or hobby of interest to members. Members make whatever they like. No previous experience needed as help always on hand. Tools and materials provided. Currently, member interests include a range of crafts such as cabinet making, joinery, wood carving, turning, metalwork and modelling, leatherworking, upholstery and many others.
In the workshop, members work alongside others. They decide which projects and activities to do and often work together to improve and maintain the workshop or help community groups.
Formed at the beginning of 2016, we began as a group of enthusiastic shedders by meeting in hired premises in Burgess Hill. At first, members brought their own equipment along and either worked in teams making portable benches or in small groups working on personal projects and learning new skills. Some members also visited other more established community sheds and workplaces in Worthing and Brighton. This provided insights into typical operations, facilities and equipment being used.
In parallel we entered into exploratory discussions with West Sussex County Council for the use of vacant workshop premises in Burgess Hill. This was ideally located on the Victoria Industrial Estate and had once been a fully operational craft workshop. Negotiations were completed in August 2016 and members began furnishing the workshop with new benches and equipment.
In March 2017 the workshop was opened for business. Over the following years, new machines and equipment have been introduced to enable members to undertake a much wider range of projects and activities. Whilst initially, the main focus was on wood and metal crafts, members can now undertake almost any kind of craft.
We are organised and run by members and volunteers who are committed to our mission. In addition to their own projects, members also carry out various tasks to help develop and run our Shed. These include making and maintaining equipment, admin, helping members. providing training and maintenance, and making products to raise funds.
Members may also volunteer for specific roles such as workshop supervisor, first aider and trustee. Where appropriate, such roles are supported by formal training funded by our Shed.
Membership is open to men and women over the age of 18 years.
Our main workshop at Burnside is a large, well-lit space furnished with benches, machinery and handtools. It is suitable for a range of arts and crafts with workbenches, craft tables and machine work stations. Some benches and tables are designed to allow users to work in seated positions and can also accommodate wheelchairs. The workshop has wheelchair access and a communal area for refreshments, dining and chats.
In 2020-21 BH-Shed set up a new community activity centre at the Kiln in the Town Centre. This has a pottery, fabric/textile area. Additional Electronics, Makerspace, Art and Craft areas are being created which will enable members to undertake a wide range of crafts.
What you can do
Members decide which projects and activities they wish to do. These may be personal DIY projects, hobbies and learning projects, or projects to develop and run group projects. As far as practically possible, our resources reflect the preferences and needs of members, and we endeavour to support any member wishing to introduce new crafts or establish a new section.