Monday, July 02, 2012
The humble garden shed has offered Brits a sanctuary from the stresses of family life for decades, but now this Shropshire sheddie has taken the concept to new heights with his Woodhenge Pub Shed. Spending over four years converting his beloved shed, John completed it with a beer bottle collection of over 500 real ales and 110 ciders, all on display for local sheddies who often pop by for a swift pint.
John Plumridge, said: “When I was told I’d won the competition, I was absolutely thrilled. Normally I’m a very chatty and jovial person but I did find myself lost for words and I must confess to having “shed” a tear. I’ve been working on “Woodhenge” for around four years now and have enjoyed every minute of it. I can’t even hazard a guess at the cost involved but it’s a great venue for our family and friends to party in and the good thing is we haven’t got too far to get home.”
The Shed of the year judges - ‘Head Sheddie’ and creator of the competition Uncle Wilco, property guru and shed fan Sarah Beeny, world famous author Neil Gaiman, self-proclaimed sheddie and author of Shedworking Alex Johnson, and 2011 winner Jon Earl – picked from the most creative, innovative and barmy entries. Sarah Beeny, comments: “Shed of the Year is a great inspiration and clearly encourages people to get creative with their sheds. I am really happy that a pub shed has won after I created my own Kings Head pub shed for Cuprinol, which is currently on display in Rufford Park in Nottingham. Hopefully others will be inspired to create their own sheddy haven too."
With over 15 million shed owners in the UK it’s no surprise that Cuprinol has seen shed loads of entries from up and down the country. Those in London submitted the most shed entries (63) followed by 42 sheddies in Kent then those in Lancashire and Essex with 35 shed entries each. And it was the Garden Office category which proved the most popular this year seeing more than 125 entries.
So if you think your garden retreat has what it takes to be crowned Shed of the Year, why not submit your entry from August for the 2013 competition at readershed.co.uk.
Category winners include:
Normal Shed Mark's Folly: Mark Mason, Warwickshire
Eco Shed The Solar Shed: Kevin Holland, Norfolk
Garden Office Bostin Betty: Paula,Landlocked, Birmingham
Cabin/Summerhouse Colne Valley Postal History Museum: Steve Knight, Essex,
Workshop/Studio The Stencil Shed: "Syd", Wiltshire
Unique The Water Shed: Geoff Hill, Gwynedd
Pub Shed Woodhenge: John Henry, Shrewsbury
Tardis BlueBox Type 40: John Williams, Newport -------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Posted by Alex Johnson at 8:10 AM