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Frome Men's Shed

SWEDEN - Visit by SVT TV - April 2018

Shed i Malmö (Sweden)

In April 2018, the Frome Shed was visited by a Swedish Television crew (from SVT), who spent a morning at the Shed filming and interviewing Shedders.

The current affairs correspondents were Lena Sherman & Bengt Norborg with cameraman Sven-Åke Visén.

They were visiting Frome following reading the Guardian Article about “Compassionate Communities”.

Their film has interviews with Shedders (Steve Gray & Tony Hopkins) and others in Frome, and is available online –

You can view it by clicking on this link

You could also find it by visiting www.svtplay.se and searching for Korrespondent (Spelt with a “K”)

The film is in Swedish but has lots of English in it from the Frome interviews.

We interviewed the SVT correspondents Lena Sherman & Bengt Norborg for the Frome FM “Shed Happens” show for the 3rd of May.  The interview was subject to a transmission glitch (that’s what we called it anyway), but you can hear the interview below.

The “Shed Happens” radio show for May 2018 had a theme of “Sweden” running through the show.    We also had an interview with Sean Furlong and Will English who founded the only Men’s Shed in Malmo in Sweden. They described a Men’s shed in really simple terms:  You need a Place to go, something to do and people to talk to

You can hear their interview below.

03 Interview Bengt Norberg and Lena Sherman V2 (4-55).mp3
Youre listening to Frome Shed Happens on Frome FM (0-4).mp3

All this activity culminated in the Malmo Shed being invited to take part in the SVT2’s current affairs program Aktuellt on Tuesday (22 May).

See the story from the Malmo Shed below

As Seen On SVT.

The Shed’s fearless* leader Sean Furlong made an appearance on SVT2’s current affairs program Aktuellt on Tuesday (22 May) to discuss what we’re doing with the Shed in Malmö. Many people have seen it and agree he did a stand-up job, being his first time on national TV, speaking a relatively new language, etc.

You can see an extract from Aktuelt  (22-May-2018) by clicking on this link

Here’s the back story from the Malmo Shed website

In late April, we got an email from a chap who goes by the name Patrick. He lives in Frome, England, and is a member of their local Shed. It turns out that they produce their own podcast and wanted to interview us about life at Shed i Malmö.

So why us? Well, it turns out they had had a visit from SVT, who were doing a special on something or other. That wasn’t so clear to us, but it didn’t matter either: this was our chance to get on a podcast, and given we all listen to many of these, that was pretty exciting. And given the topic of the podcast was Sheds in Scandinavia, if we didn’t talk with them, it would really only be about Sheds in Denmark.

During our chat with Patrick we explained our state of affairs and heard a little about them. He also mentioned that SVT had said they might get in touch with us. Cool. We’ll see what happens. Well, nothing happened. For a number of weeks, that is, until on 17 May. SVT emailed us hoping to get one of us into the studio for a chat about the Shed.

* fearless? We knew directly that we had to say yes. Casey’s Swedish is not much chop, mine either. Plus I had a few work things on, the laundry was booked, cat needed to be fed, you know… fearless. But Sean grabbed the bull by the horns and took up the request.

There were a few emails back and forth, and suddenly Sean is booked on the 17:50 from Sturup to Stockholm for the 22nd. There’ll be a taxi waiting for him, straight to the studio, do the bit, hotel, fly home. Only thing missing – what is he going to talk about?

On the 22nd, Sean catches the flight, still doesn’t really know what he’ll be talking about, gets the taxi, still in the dark, gets to the studio at 19:00 and is told to come back in an hour when the staff arrive, still no idea, hair and make-up and meeting the co-stars, OK, now he knows. And the rest is history.

Oh, and yeah, he was shitting himself.