Artisans Collective CIC & Men’s Shed Prestatyn

Artisans Collective CIC and Men’s Shed in Prestatyn.

Artisans Collective CIC
Artisans Collective Prestatyn

I am proud to be a director of  Visit Artisans Collective CIC website  aka “The Artisans” and to also be involved with Visit Prestatyn Men’s shed website. Both in my opinion are great community organisations based on the North Wales Coast.

Currently both organisations are based at The Old Library Art, Craft and Heritage Centre in Prestatyn.

During the course of 2016 Men’s Shed could be moving into new premises, still here in Prestatyn.

Mens Shed
Men’s Shed Prestatyn

This is due to the generosity and community minded spirit of a well known local family who are the proprietors of  Morris’s Stores Mower Centre in Rhuddlan.

Meanwhile Artisans Collective are based at The Old Library for the foreseeable future.

We are constantly developing our offering. Having started as primarily a sales outlet for local craftspeople, artists and micro-businesses, we have now also developed into a community hub.

Now we also offer a diverse range of activities such as Informal Art Groups, Childrens Art and Craft Workshops, Crochet for Beginners through to Stop Smoking sessions.

During 2014 and 2015 we are proud to have been awarded Prestatyn and Meliden Community group awards by our Mayor’s each year.

It was fantastic to get involved during 2015 with so many other local events and organisations as well as a number of national ones.

  • Prestatyn Flower show
  • Prestatyn Classic Car show
  • Men’s Sheds Cymru
  • Stop Smoking Wales
  • Walkers Are Welcome
  • Grow Wild
  • Incredible Edible
  • Voluntary Arts Week
  • Principality Building Society supporting the St David’s Day event
  • Prestatyn Town Council Events including hosting the Christmas grotto
  • Wales In Bloom
  • Healthy High Streets including a ministerial visit.
  • Great British High Street Awards
  • The Daily Post Awards

The BBC TV and ITV have featured us a number of times and we have appeared in the Daily Post and the Rhyl Journal numerous times.

Aimee’s Art group were proud to be asked by our mayor to provide the artistic content for the Prestatyn and Meliden Mayoral Calendar 2016 and Christmas cards.

We also hosted some of the Ty Nant Site development brief consultations for Denbighshire County Council at the Old Library.

Not all of the events we attended were centred at the Old Library we also attended the Prestatyn Town Council Romans Return event at Bastion Road, home of Prestatyn Town Football Club. We also attended a medieval day at Greenfield Valley Heritage Park Nr Holywell.

So looking back on 2015 we had a busy year, and I reckon that 2016 will be just as dynamic.

Workshop today’s electric bike job

Workshop electric bike repairs

In the workshop today is a chinese electric bike that must be getting close to 10 years old. I can not find out much about these bikes online.

We have fitted 3 new 12 volt batteries to it. The front rim which is the motorised one has a slight knock, that can be felt through the rim brakes.

Upon investigation the front rim is out of true – up and down and left to right it looks like a kerb bump, so that is the first task today.

Wheel truing
Electric hub wheel truing
Sakura Electric bike in the workshop
Sakura Electric bike

Now that the wheel is true it is time to adjust all of the brakes and clean and lubricate the whole bike.

I use a dry lube for all of my bike chains and chainsets, as a lot of my riding is either on Sustrans Route 5 or the prom and some off road cycleways. The dry lube stops the chain picking up so much sand and grit.

Workshop dry lube
Dry Lube

Here is the manufacturer’s video showing how best to clean and lube a bike

Engineering back to my roots today machining parts

Engineering a job or a passion?

I served my Engineering apprenticeship in a toolroom in an engineering company in Chester, I suppose it was a natural progression due to my upbringing from a very early age with things like Airfix kits and my beloved Meccano. It was magic for me to be getting paid to learn about something I loved.

The advice from my late father was “get an apprenticeship son and you will never look back” in a lot of ways he was correct.

The training enabled me to work across the world and also pursue my love of motorsport as an engineer and racing driver.

So 40 odd years later and I am still using the machining skills. Todays project is making some spacers for one of our friends hand truck, not quite aerospace or racing car standards I know but enjoyable all the same.

Of course I could not afford a new lathe so bought one to renovate.

Engineering lathe
The lathe as bought
Engineering Metalworking lathe
Drilling on lathe
Machined spacers
Machined spacers for hand truck

The lathe has enabled me to machine parts for a number of my own projects including the trike project and make components for friends.

Next on the wish list is a milling machine, but I will need more space first.

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