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North Shields Store

Opening hours over May Bank Holiday

Saturday 26th May Open as normal
Sunday 27th May Open as normal
Monday 28th May 9am – 5pm
Tuesday 29th May Open as normal
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Saturday 26th May – Don’t forget to come into the store this Saturday for the third of our ‘Back to Basics’ series. Please feel free to drop into this demonstration at any time between 10am – 4pm – we’ll be serving up bite-size info on Chisels throughout the day!

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Manager’s message

New in-store this month and exclusive to Axminster is the highly collectable tools by Bridge City Tool Works. If you’re not excited to hear this then you just haven’t seen them, the quality really is contagious!

A tool should be as compelling when not in use as it is when serving its intended purpose

John Economaki, founder of Bridge City Tool Works

Have you heard about our biggest ever event happening in June?
Our customers often tell us they love visiting the store. We’ve built our reputation on quality, service and knowledge – and through providing an opportunity to get to grips with a wide range of tools and machines. Now, you’ll be getting all this and more because we are moving to a new store at Tyne Tunnel Trading Estate. There will be more space, more products and more great service! But like us, you’ll have to wait until the 25th June for it to be completed. But here’s what you need to know in the meantime.

3rd June will be our last week at the North Shields Retail Park. If any of the products you want are packed up, ready for the move, then we will send your order to your door the very next day, free of charge.

7th June will be the last trading day at North Shields Retail Park, the next 4 days we will be moving (a fair few) boxes around. So during this time please call 0800 371822 or visit the website to place an order.

12th June we will open the doors but not the whole floor of our brand new store at Hamar Close, Tyne Tunnel Trading Estate NE29 7XB. Just whilst we put the finishing touches on the store, only the front section will be open. So you will be able to access the demo area, speak to the staff and place orders.

25th June the whole shop floor will be complete. The team and I look forward to showing you around, especially as the new layout means finding your favourite tools, machines, accessories and consumables has never been easier. We have also included a new demonstration area, allowing more accessible opportunities for you to get hands-on and try the products out, but also allows our special guests and visiting clubs an area to impart knowledge, techniques and to inspire creativity.

It’s going to be a busy few weeks and we thank you for your understanding at this time but the future is an exciting prospect for us all.

Follow our progress via the blog – coming soon to the Knowledge under the Company News section

Mark Bloomfield, Store Manager

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Creative Corner

With the garden now creeping in as a priority for many, woodworking projects become more inspired by the natural habitat that surrounds us. It will be no surprise that the environment is a deep-rooted passion of Axminster’s. This month we are celebrating bugs, some of you may reel at the prospect of coming across a creepy crawly but they are integral for your gardens. Your outdoor space, no matter how big or small, is an ecosystem, another jigsaw piece in the landscape puzzle. Insects are vital as pollinators, predators of pests, food source to birds but also play a critical role in recycling and eliminating waste materials, which aid in keeping soils healthy.

To help you nurture these beneficial creatures we have put together a step by step guide on how to make a Bug Hotel. The hotel offers free lodgings to all your garden’s personnel and in return, you will have a diligent workforce of pest guards and pollinators.

June Bug created by Ben Beddows
June Bug created by Ben Beddows, our Skill Centre tutor, using the Antex Fire Writer

The good news is it costs nothing to make a bug hotel, your guests are not particularly fussy so your projects can be as elaborate or simple as you like. We have recycled a pallet for the walls of the hotel and then used wood shavings and remnants found on the garden floor for the ‘beds’. Plus making a Bug Hotel for the garden is a perfect way to get children interested in woodworking and nature, and can be made by children (under constant adult supervision) – what better way to come together around Father’s Day!

Click here to view the step by step guide on how to build a Bug Hotel.

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Did you know…

Axminster Tools & Machinery is now working with and supporting the Sylva Foundation based in Oxfordshire. The Sylva Wood Centre is a hub for small businesses and craftspeople who design, innovate or make in wood and related crafts. The centre provides a dedicated space and equipment and has an inspiring community of woodworking professionals. In addition to business units for established businesses, the Foundation provides facilities to support business incubation.

One of these incubation areas is assigned to Rycotewood Furniture Centre. As a result, each year the college supports one graduate to launch their career. This year the Rycotewood crafts-person-in-residence is Matt Estlea who works part-time in the Axminster Basingstoke store.

Among the Foundation’s initiatives is the ‘Future Forest Friends’ scheme. The scheme comprises several hundred plots planted with tree species that that will hopefully thrive despite climate change, pests and diseases. These plots are available for sponsorship, Axminster has sponsored two, but there are still some left!

Matt Estlea
Matt Estlea - The Rycotewood crafts-person-in-residence

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