A little out of sequence with my blog but we put together a video saying goodbye to all the friends we made at the Sylva Wood Centre in Long Wittenham. It was of course with many mixed feelings that we packed our bags but Izzy and Ellie put together a wonderful spread for lunch on Wednesday and we were able to say goodbye to everyone we’ve come to know as friends.

I’ll let the video speak for itself` and also keep you updated on a regular basis. Here you go:


  1. Jeffrey A Freeman on 19 February 2018 at 6:48 pm

    This was a very interesting little piece. I had no idea that such a place even existed. Does anyone know of a similar facility in the U.S.?

    • Jay Gill on 20 February 2018 at 12:24 am

      There are a number of “Maker Spaces” around, one in just about every large city (they may also be called hacker spaces). Many of them do have wood working tools. At the very least they have a community spirit. In some cases you might have to fight your way through the robots and circuts, but then again, a robotic table…Hmmm

  2. Jay Gill on 20 February 2018 at 12:21 am

    What a wonderful video. Now I have a bit more insight into what a “Lifestyle Worker” is.

    I also have to add this video gives me hope that our species can live in harmony with each other and the world. Many many thanks – and good luck at the Science Park! I’m sure you will be editing genes and discovering drugs in no time 😉


  3. Bob Clapper on 20 February 2018 at 4:05 pm

    Omg Paul how could you leave that place ? It is just fantastic

    • Paul Sellers on 20 February 2018 at 9:06 pm

      Because to do what I MUST do next I cannot achieve there. My work is bigger than me you see. Plus, I am happier with what’s about to unfold than I could ever be. Who could ask for more?

  4. Chris Terrell on 21 February 2018 at 11:50 am

    A very interesting video, thank you, and best wishes in your new place.
    Do you know of anything like this in Scotland? I have recently moved here to a new job and am looking for access to a workshop and the benefits that a shared space offers.

    • Paul Sellers on 21 February 2018 at 12:56 pm

      I haven’t seen anything quite like it anywhere else as yet but who knows, when people see it perhaps we will start seeing them all over the world!!!!

  5. Adrian Cole on 26 February 2018 at 11:25 am

    I, like many others, attended Sylva on one of Pauls’s Training workshops it was a lovely place in a great setting and friendly people. I’m sure Sylva will go from strength to strength and Paul’s new venture will provide a great experience for the future woodworkers

  6. khawar on 6 March 2018 at 5:13 pm

    Hi Ipoh Remembered, It meant behind the two storey wooden building and Club Road. I think the RIMV moved to the next location round about 1965 or later to another single storey creosoted wooden building. It then moved out to its present location in the 70s. It was at this second move that I took my motor cycle test using a Honda Cub and subsequently car test with a Morris Minor. However my late brother in law took his motor cycle test at the old building or thereabout. As for the Fire Brigade, I believe it moved out of Brewster Road in the late 70s.

  7. Diego Arenas on 9 March 2018 at 12:27 pm

    Great work
    Great gathering of great people
    Great concept
    Thank you for sharing.

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