Terrington St Clement man reaches finals of national shed competition with his garden bar
A Terrington St Clement man has reached the finals of a national shed competition thanks to the homemade rum shack he built in his garden.
Joe Melton, 39, who is through to the finals of the 2020 Cuprinol Shed of the Year competition, said his bar has brought his family together during lockdown.
The senior project manager, and his wife Lisa, 39, are one of three on the shortlist in the ‘Lockdown - The Build’ category.
‘RK2’ was built by Joe, inspired by his love for rum.
He said: “It all started about five years ago when I first was introduced to rum, which my wife and I started collecting.
“As a family who love being in the garden this seemed like a no brainer.
“Within a few days this started taking shape and our passion for building unique rustic bars began.
“The bar has brought us together during lockdown as we have continued to make changes and improvements.
“The whole family has been involved in building, sanding and waxing – giving the children a chance to learn new life skills and then enjoy slushies sitting back looking at what they have built.”
The competition sees 27 competitors battling for the crown across nine categories.
A winner from each will be decided by public vote, then an overall winner will be crowned by a panel of shed experts with a giant golden crown for the winning shed.
Alongside eternal shed glory, the overall winner will also receive £1,000, a plaque and £100 of Cuprinol products.
Head judge and founder of the competition Andrew Wilcox said: “More than ever, the events of recent months have shown us what a valuable role sheds can play in our lives.
“They are spaces where we can help our NHS heroes, educate our children and care for our family.
“They highlight all that is great about Britain – our ingenuity, our eccentricity and our determination to help others.”
Kirsty Woodbine, marketing manager for Cuprinol said: ”We’ve been astonished by the quality of entries to this year’s competition.
“All our entrants have responded with real creativity and imagination, but more than that the introduction of this year’s new lockdown categories has shown a real outpouring of kindness and community spirit.
“This year more than ever Cuprinol Shed of the Year has served as a platform for those going above and beyond for each other.”
Last year’s Cuprinol Shed Of The Year was won by Chris Shield of Buxton, Derbyshire, whose Hobbit-inspired hideaway was described by Mr Wilcox as “brilliantly creative”.
Public voting is now underway and will close on Sunday, August 9. To vote, go to www.readersheds.co.uk.