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Come visit the Makery in 2024

Come visit the Makery community workshop and find out what we do.

Makery Tour Wednesday 29th May: 14.30 – 15.00 pm

Wednesday 5th of June – 19.00 – 19.30 pm
Makery Workshop – Todmorden College – Burnley Road

This is a chance to come visit the Makery to find out what is happening and what is available at Todmorden’s community workshop.  

These event make up a series of orientation events to help you find out if there is something for you  at the Makery or we can help you  make new things happen.

Please book on via email or via the form below
todmordenmakery@gmail.com

Send us an email or fill in this form

A discussion on the ethos of the Makery.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kqimALUVvKDey7VO5yC1lcqTEe-PssHjDkfHI94gyFM/edit

Above is a link to a discussion piece on the ethos of the Makery. Some of it is pasted below. Please do comment on the above especially if you are a member and want to input to it.

Thoughts on the Ethos and the Uniqueness of the Makery

A discussion piece:  There are a few models of spaces that are similar to the Makery – e.g. repair cafe, hack space, maker space, community centres –  but it also seems to be a unique blend. This is a personal attempt to get down on paper some of the different threads of activity and the ethos behind them as a way of discussing them with members and steering group going forward. 

We make it happen together: The Makery is created together by its members whether they volunteer regularly or pop in occasionally. While some projects do need some coordination to happen which people are paid for, the whole project is made possible only by the good will of people giving their time and chipping in resources.

In Club Makery drinks are free – the kettle and the sofa are key tools: In other words having a brew, a chat and relaxing is an important part of the project.  

Peer Learning and Teaching: One great thing about the Makery is that it is a space which is designed to support and encourage peer learning. This learning is not only at specific workshops, nor only for people that bring in repairs that they would like to learn how to do themselves, it also happens through accidental learning and teaching. For example, someone that visits the Makery to get some trousers taken up may overhear someone else asking about how to do something else completely and be prompted to share their knowledge.  

A space built on membership rather than consuming a product:  While specific workshops are useful as an outreach tool, it is being a part of a community of members that underlies the ethos of the space. As such, everyone that enters the space is encouraged to join the project as a member. Other members are also curious about what they want to develop or create and what they could share with others if given the right support. Ideally people are helped to find a space for themselves in the Makery project.

Valuing diversity in background, values and approaches: When people have different approaches and backgrounds it is a rich ground for learning. It is worthwhile being proactive to try to attract a varied membership base using the space and to be honest about what could be better. Let’s also keep celebrating the contributions of regular volunteers who donate their time to help others. 

A practical approach to reusing and repurposing: Permaculture approaches apply to growing but they also apply to other uses of resources. Where possible we act as a hub for donations of tools and materials to grow our skills and help people (for example the free shop). Reducing waste is useful and empowering. 

Shared access to technology and skills: The tool library and 3D printer are examples how it can be more efficient and fair to have shared, community access to tools. It is also worth celebrating that people will volunteer to help.

Playful approaches and creations building useful skills: The process of making something that’s fun and frivolous can also build skills and inspire curiosity of others in the process of making it. For example creating a donations box that was a pinball machine, with LED lights.

A space for Family Learning and more isolated adults: There are some particular groups for which the Makery seems to provide space and experiences which are hard to get anywhere else. For families it’s a great space to make things together while being in a space that values repair skills and reducing waste. For adults that may be relatively isolated for whatever reason it is a great way of being in a social space with low pressure and the sense of being part of something that is created together with others and valued by the community. 

A rough audio recording of Mick doing a tour

Makery Newsletter – Leap Year 2024

Happy Leap Day! Here is a very quick newsletter for the Makery.

First of all many, many thanks to Todmorden town council for funding us towards our core costs of rent, insurance and materials etc. The town council were are first funders back in 2021, and while are have been very lucky to get generous donations from our members, we still rely on this support. Many Thanks Again!

Many Thanks for the support of Todmorden Town Council

New Timetable

Here’s our new timetable. Men in Sheds is now weekly.

Other Projects

Tech and Tea is happening March 1st – so tell your friends if you think they would benefit. We are also still collecting old phones and tech. That’s going really well!

Members meeting soon!

We usually have a members meeting a few times a year to get your ideas and help people get involve in the project. We’ll be having one soon in March. But if you have ideas please just reply to this email with your ideas.

All the best from the Makery.

Report on Recover and Remake Workshops

In September to November 2023 we ran the following workshops for Todmorden residents with help from the local Ward council who paid for resources and workshop leaders and CFFC who provided support via Nicola our volunteer coordinator.

We’ll report back soon with a fuller report

Our opening times

Mondays12-2pm: Textiles and upholstery
6-7.30pm: Bike repairs
Wednes12.00-1.30 – Woodwork and general
1.30-3pm: Quiet general drop In
6-7.30pm: Electrical and general
Fridays12-2pm: Textiles and general
Saturdays10-12: General and Tool Library

Video introducing the Makery

Many Thanks to Grace for Making this Video.

Two related digital projects at the Makery

For quite a while we have been finding new homes for older laptops that people have donated. We wipe the hard drive put on low power operating system and make sure it works well enough to browse the web.

We are now widening this out to phones and tablets. They are tricker to fix so we are also doing a partnership with St Augustine’s refugee project who can fix the devices that we can’t.

To back up this offer we are also going to do monthy Tech and Tea events to support people getting online. If you could help us by donating devices or volunteering at Tech and Tea please do get in touch on todmordenmakery @ gmail.com.

Create a Fantastical / Terrible Creature of Light as a puppet show

Vikki took a fun wide angle picture of our making session today for the after-school club.

We wanted to create a fun activity that mixed technology and craft making. Doing these puppets really seems to have attracted a good mix of people.

Gil & Artemus Video of Puppet show
Robyn’s
Joanie’s
Stephan’s

Recover and Remake Workshops – Sept, Oct & Nov 2023

Have a look at our upcoming workshops here.

The Makery has been a fantastic project to get involved with. As we come up to our second birthday we now have 6 weekly drop-ins and other regular Men in Sheds and Women in Workshops sessions. These are great spaces for doing repairs, getting on with your making projects or getting help to do particular project. These sessions are now usually thriving and lively. It can be a bit hectic for some. We now have a dedicated quiet session on Wednesdays at 1.30.

We also have one off workshops which are a great way of getting involved in the project. Have a look at the flyers below for more information.


Recover and Remake is a series of creative, sustainable textile workshops in a relaxing and friendly environment designed to support the mental wellbeing of Todmorden residents. Feel free to ask us any questions.

Do you think this would be a good thing for you or someone you know. If so please do get in touch.

To get more info and say your are interested email Nicola on todmordenmakery@gmail.com or come in to the Makery or Tod College reception. You can also phone 01706 318 132 .
Or more directly there is also an online form you can fill out here

We’ll get in touch on the week of the workshop to confirm. If we can’t offer you a space you should still be able to complete the project as we’ll provide materials and some guidance at our drop in sessions. Come in and ask about out project boxes.

The Makery as a welcoming and supportive space.

We want to try to make our workshop as welcoming as we can for many sorts. The sessions above are especially aimed to help people’s wellbeing. We have found that one off guided workshops are really good at getting new people involved in the Makery. Especially for people that may find the drop in sessions a bit hectic or are not sure how to get involved.

Also each of these workshops aims to create a project box which will contain materials and pictures and where appropriate instructions. These boxes will be stored under the main tables of the workshop making it easy to get them out and have a guided project to get started on.

Could you make or test out a Project Box?

Please do get in touch if you are interested in creating a Project Box for others could create a project box. We are starting to create a page on our website about these boxes here.

One job that needs doing is to test out a Project Box and check that it is easy to to use. You could then give feedback or if you want to go further improve it with photos or simple instructions. Just get in touch on todmordenmakery @gmail.com

About Todmorden Men In Sheds

Upcoming dates are

  • Oct 5th & 19th 2023
  • Nov 2nd, 16th & 30th
  • Dec 14th

The venue is the Makery workshop in Tod College next to Aldi in Todmorden.

Women in Workshops – Sept and Oct Dates

Drop In Sessions 
Tuesdays 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Monthly on First Tuesdays
Makery Workshop –
Tod College, Burnley Rd

“Build, brew & bond”

Upcoming dates
Tuesday 5th September  

Tuesday 3rd October 

Come along to Women in Workshop at the Makery (Todmorden’s Community Workshop project).
At these sessions you will have access to the tools and materials available in the workshop. Wood, Textiles and DiY etc.
What happens? It’s an informal learning space. Women come to work on their projects or to ask for help with specific ideas. Sometimes there are demonstrations of specific skills.  If you have questions feel free to get in touch on todmordenmakery@gmail.com

Sashiko Decorative Textile Repairing Workshop

Elaine and Christine ran a fantastic workshop on making decorative repairs. You can come into a Wednesday or Friday drop in in the days if you want to try to get help doing the same.

Make a Stool at the Makery Workshop 2023

Ben Duxbury ran this workshop which managed to fit in making stools into a very short timeframe by carefully planning the workshop to allow different pairs of participants to make one piece each which slotted together at the end.

New Free Workshops 2023 supported by Tod Town Council

We invite you to the Makery community workshop to use some of our equipment  and materials at these workshops. These Events are kindly supported by Todmorden Town Council.

You can book in the following ways 

  • Pop into the college and sign up at reception
  • Text your name and the date of the workshop to 07763395917 – we’ll text back to confirm
  • Email us on todmordenmakery@gmail.com
  • Follow us on facebook and message us there

If you have questions feel free to get in touch at todmordenmakery@gmail.com

What next at the Makery 2023

First up a practical one.

We are open today Wednesday but closed on Friday the 17th March 2023. Then  it’s back to normal service.

Secondly – you are invited to an event at the Makery next Friday

Come share ideas with us
Every now and then we have a Meet Up & Eat Up to share food and ideas for project, events and other things at the Makery.

All welcome to this open
Meet Up & Eat Up gathering

Friday 24th Mar 11-12
Makery Workshop – Todmorden College – Burnley Road

Finally, you are invited to a Photography Exhibition by Chris Foster – who made the photo frames with the support of the Makery and it’s volunteers.

1-31 March 2023 – Todmorden Information Centre – 15 Burnley Rd, Todmorden OL14 7BU

As the Covid 19 pandemic forced us into lockdown the word ‘gathering’ became synonymous with something we could no longer do, something which was in fact illegal. Yet, while we were forced to wave to each other from different sides of the street, to talk through windows, or to meet in some new virtual capacity, nature carried on without us. Perhaps even celebrated our absence from places we had previously dominated.

Forced to stay local, to be still, and seeking the connection I could no longer find with people, I began to wander areas I had not yet given attention, often due to a lack of time. As a commercial photographer it seemed that my work had dominated my creative output. The pandemic, it seems, forced many of us to slow down, to ponder, to reflect.  As the weeks became months, and even years, I became the observer of these gatherings in nature; places where starlings chattered amongst the branches, badgers collected in the evening light and rain drops congregated on leaves and webs.

Now we once again gather, enjoying each other’s company and revelling in the closeness of each other.  We come together for events, for groups, for company. Nowhere is this celebration of each other, of community more evident than in the Saturday Makery, where young and old gather to create, to talk, to share. In fact, it was in the Makery that I built the frames which hold the prints you see. As such 20% of all profits from sales will be donated to this group to ensure that we can continue to gather.


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Men in Sheds Spring Dates

Feb 23rd 

March 9th and 23rd

April 6th and 20th

May 4th and 16th 

June 1st

Can you help us with a donation

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The Makery drop-ins

Mondays12-2pm: Textiles and upholstery
6-7.30pm: Bike repairs
Wednes12.00-1.30 – Woodwork and general
1.30-3pm: Quiet general drop In
6-7.30pm: Electrical and general
Fridays12-2pm: Textiles and general
Saturdays10-12: General and Tool Library

Screen Printing Workshop Oct 2022 Gallery

A recent free workshop led by Matt Davies on screen printing looked great. Let’s hope, it can be the start of on-going work on Screen Printing in the Makery. Screen Printing is a perfect project which could bring together all the different areas of the Makery and suitable for all ages.

Makery Textiles Swap Shop

Wednesday 9th November – 1pm to 3pm

Saturday 12th November – 10.30am to 12.30pm

Come and grab some bargains and declutter your unneeded fabric and haberdashery.

Bring your unwanted fabric, thread, knitting yarn, buttons, zips, knitting needles, patterns, bits and bobs, swap for something you’ll use. And give a donation if you can to help keep us going!

To help us plan the event, please let us know you’re interested at makery-textiles-swap.eventbrite.co.uk


Buy fabric and craft supplies to start, or finish, your project / repair job / slow sew. Refresh your supplies and support the Makery. 

This is more than a Sale:
The Makery is also a friendly community of makers. Share a cuppa and hints and tips to start a new soothing, calming piece of knitting or sewing, or learn how to take up a hem, make a door curtain and matching draft excluded, patch an elbow. To find out more how to join the makery to get updates see this page. If you want to support us with a one of or regular donation have a look here.

Men in Sheds – 2022 Dates

Here are the next Men in Sheds sessions.

DAYDATETIME



Thursday
3rd November
17th November
1st December
15th December



6.30pm – 8.30pm

Men’s Sheds and Women’s Tools Sessions

Here are a couple of new sessions upcoming at the Makery. Please get in touch or come into a drop in if you are interested.