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Tony Audenshaw

In The Shed

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My story

[p]Thanks for watching "In the Shed" and for hopping along here. [/p][p]First up, please don't feel obliged or guilted into giving anything, these are (11 letter word beginning with U, adj. never done or known before) times, so only donate if you're absolutely in a position to. [/p][p]I had the idea of making this a fundraiser on May 20th when the Ride London hundred-mile bike race was cancelled. A team of twenty of us from work were due to pulverise our perinea in support of Pancreatic Cancer UK. It has been a blow for us and more so PCUK who worked hard to be the event’s official charity for the first time.[/p][p][url=https://www.pancreaticcancer.org.uk/information-and-support/support-for-you/speak-to-a-nurse/our-support-line-nurses/]The support nurses[/url] offered invaluable help to my wife Ruth when she was ill. As a family we can’t imagine how much harder it must be for people coming to terms with life-limiting cancer during Covid-19. The telephone and email service has never been more important. [/p][p]Caught between virtue-signalling and “why don’t you just give your own money” I’ll match every pound raised on this page up to a total of £1,000 (wishful disclaimer). [/p][p]I’ve set up a [url=https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTzmZ05_P-3yK6PGUbR-Lyg/featured]youtube channel[/url] with a playlist titled ‘Every Episode’ (currently 1 to 21) which should play them in order.[/p][p]I’m well aware I haven’t made ‘Citizen Kane’ here, but I’m fascinated by process (you might have guessed) so if anyone is interested.[/p][p]“In the Shed” started by happy accident. I’d just composted a long- abandoned vegetable patch and discovered I couldn’t buy any plugs or seeds to plant because of lockdown. Having cleared a mound of earth blocking the door (created by badgers who’ve made their home underneath) I had a look “in the shed” and found some nine year old parsnip seeds (which haven’t germinated). [/p][p]Struck by the wonderfully neglected sights and smells I took a few shots on my phone and then used the Garageband app to make a simple tune which seemed to fit. [/p][p]I’ve collected unusual items since my teens, housing a number of them in the downstairs loo “The Toilet Of Mystery” and thought it might be interesting to dissect them in the shed. Doing it as the sort of character who would inhabit the outbuilding felt right, so I found some clothes in the wardrobe that suited (the unseen bottom half was usually trackie-bottoms and crocs). I wanted him to wear a flat cap, but I’m glad now that I couldn’t find one. [/p][p]I bought the pipe years ago when some mates had a badger watching vigil in the garden (You can’t have a vigil without a pipe apparently.) I broke up some thirty year old cigars to use as tobacco and can’t say it tasted great, especially as I don’t smoke.[/p][p]Never named in the videos, I called him Maurice (because he looks like one) Griffith, after my old form tutor, a fabulous tweed-wearing, technical drawing teacher Jack Griffith. He was inspired by another Jack, Hargreaves, who I enjoyed watching on the telly in ‘Out Of Town’ and ‘How’. [/p][p]I’m not that into social media but Twitter stood out as the best way to share what I’d made, the two-minute twenty limit on videos giving me a, sometimes frustrating, framework to keep within. Sandwiched between a twenty five second intro and ten second outro I had one minute forty five each time for the medium close-up (achieved with a clamped holder on the shed wall) and shelf shot. [/p][p]The bench shots were done after with the phone balanced on two (sometimes three) plastic plant pots which also gave a pleasing reflection of the item. I edited using the phone’s iMovie app but didn’t realise until episode 30 that I could add cutaway shots, having previously painstakingly detached the audio, split the track and inserted the bench shots. (You click on the three dots to the right). [/p][p]I started with the chimpanzee plaque, then the fish forks, followed by the tin but changed the order of releasing them as the materials of the first two were too similar. I had no idea how many videos I would make but the splitting-up of materials, subject matter and tone helped in the series’ longevity. [/p][p]Unable to control the soundscape of the shed, birdsong naturally added to the texture of the films with Robin, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Wren, Chiff-Chaff, Woodpigeon and Jackdaw all piping up. I planned to shoot four videos on VE Day, but the Town Hall (normally heard via its bells) hosted a five hour celebration of 1940’s music meaning I had to change tack (in more ways than one) and introduce the RAF ice bucket to match the ambient sound.[/p][p] I’m banging on too much now, so I hope “In the Shed” helped a bit during this challenging time, it kept me occupied if nothing else. Thanks again.[/p][p]Tony x[/p][p] [/p][p]Pancreatic cancer is a tough one but we're taking it on.[/p][p]It is tough to diagnose, tough to treat, tough to research and tough to survive.[/p][p]For too long this disease has been sidelined. We want to make sure that everyone affected by it gets all the help they need.[/p][p]We are supporting those affected by the disease, investing in ground breaking research, lobbying for[/p][p]greater recognition of pancreatic cancer and being a voice for everyone involved in the fight.[/p][p]Together we are taking on pancreatic cancer.[/p][p]Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me and donations will be quickly processed and passed to Pancreatic Cancer UK.[/p][p]Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf where the[/p][p]donor is eligible for this.[/p][p]I really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.[/p]
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Personal Challenge Date

30 Jun 2020


Aug 8, 2020


Hello Tony, apologies for my lateness in donating to a wonderful cause. I loved watching In The Shed. Hope you are keeping well. On a side note it was a pleasure to you at last years Emmerdale weekend. Kindest regards Francesca x witter @francescaPaige1


Jul 18, 2020

Alex Lawton


Jul 16, 2020

David Cornock

Great work, Tony. 🥇 Looking forward to the “Toilet of Mystery” sequel.....

£26.20 plus £6.55 Gift Aid

Jul 8, 2020


£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid

Jul 8, 2020



Jul 8, 2020


£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Jun 18, 2020

Brian F


Jun 14, 2020

Donna Hilton

Thank you Tony - In the Shed is pure brilliance! You supported our event for Pancreatic Cancer UK a couple of years ago so very happy to donate to this wonderful cause - you’re simply ace sir!! 👏👏👏

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Jun 9, 2020

Tony Grant

In The Shed was the first thing I did every morning on waking up here in Tokyo throughout the state of emergency. Thanks again Tony for creating this weird and wonderful diversion during difficult times.


Jun 7, 2020


Loved every instalment.

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid