Beer Men's Shed is for each member to use to do the type of work that they enjoy. Members may make or repair items just for themselves. Sometimes they may
carry out projects with the aim of
generating donations to help fund the Shed's work.
In other cases, organisations or individuals may commission work from Beer Men's Shed in return for an appropriate donation.
This page shows just some of the projects
that Beer Men's Shed has undertaken so far.
Making a box for barn owls helps our local owl
community. While bird boxes can be fairly small, owl boxes need
to be deep so that the chicks can't jump out before they can fly.
These large boxes are more difficult to mount in the trees, partly
because of their weight. But they provide a safe, dry home for
the next generation of barn owls to grow up in.
We do more than repair old things - we make new
things too, some of which may become heirlooms in their own right.
This is a "Memory Box" for a new baby born in the village. Her
relations will be able to store keepsakes of her childhood in the
Memory Box, so that she has reminders of her early life. The box
is made of solid mahogany with brass fittings and hand-carved
As well as doing woodwork we can also take on other tasks - such as
setting up a live-streaming web cam to help people around the world to
see how lovely our area is. This one gives a view from the edge
of Beer across Seaton and its bay. Click on the picture to see
the live videostream and watch the waves breaking!
We may not be the BBC's "Repair Shop", but we can still make things
look better. A lady asked if we could refresh a hand-made model
of a freighter that her father had made some 80 years ago. The sails
were starting to disintegrate and the rigging was rotting away.
But with a lot of patience, we managed to return a keepsake that will
continue to look smart for years to come - and continue to remind her
of her father.
When you're part of a community, doing things for your community is
part of your everyday life. Beer Men's Shed helps to reinforce
that bond between its members and the community that they live in.
During the COVID lockdowns Beer Primary School wanted to say "Thank
you" to its staff by giving presents to each of them for continuing to
support the children throughout. A nice box is important for a
present, and a box that will last makes a difference. Beer Men's Shed
made the boxes as its way of saying "Thank you" to the school's staff
who made a difference.
Our biggest project to date has been making a replacement hexagonal
bench in 2022 for Seaton Town Council. Several of our members
worked on it for many months, producing a result that they could
really be proud of. Made from sapele hardwood, it will withstand
the tough weather in a seaside town for years to come. The
project was funded by Seaton Town Council and East Devon District
Council using a central government grant to help to reinforce
communities after the COVID-19 lockdowns.
Our very first project in 2019 - making 50 dormouse boxes for East Devon
District Council. To count how many dormice are in your area,
you have to be able to find them first. By putting dormouse
boxes in hedgerows for the dormice to move into, you can start to do a
census periodically to see whether the population is growing or
falling. Beer Men's Shed carries out lots of projects that help
wildlife and the natural environment.
If you'd like to find out more about how you could join in Beer Men's Shed, please click below to send us an email: