Red Shed Book | Stories Wanted


Route is working with Wakefield Labour Club to create a book to mark the 50th anniversary of The Red Shed, to celebrate its colourful history and its contribution, over the last 50 years, to the Labour and socialist movement and the wider community. And we’re looking for stories from as many people with connections to the Club as possible. If you would like to make your contribution to the history of the Shed, or you know someone who has connections with the Club and has a story to tell, we’d love to hear from you.

Story Telling Sessions
To get the ball rolling, we have organised a series of story-telling sessions, led by author Ian Clayton. These are scheduled to take place at The Red Shed on:

Thursday 8th September 6pm-10pm
Saturday 17th September from 11am onwards
Wednesday 21st September 11am onwards
Monday 26th September 7pm onwards

Every assistance will be given to those who attend to ensure that their memories are included. No previous experience is necessary!

Ian Clayton commented that the sessions would enable people to tell their own personal stories and to herald the involvement and achievements of past members and the struggles they were involved in. ‘We want this to be an enjoyable experience for all those who have been involved in the Red Shed over the decades.’

If you are in contact with anyone who you think may have a contribution to make, please pass on these dates and encourage them to attend.

If you have story to tell but can’t attend one of the workshops, you can email your story to

50th Anniversary Celebrations
The book project coincides with a production of The Red Shed, produced by Mark Thomas and currently on a national tour, and the Club’s own half century celebrations at the end of September. Former Wakefield MP David Hinchliffe said, ‘The Club’s fiftieth birthday will be marked by a significant stage production, events in the Club itself and now a book devoted to a shed and its relevance in half a century of political and social change. This is a very exciting project and I hope as many people as possible come forward to be a part of it.’

If you’ve been involved with the Club in any way overt the last fifty years, we’d love to hear from you. Likewise, if you know someone who has been involved, please pass this link on to them.

If you have any queries please contact the Club Secretary, Richard Council on 07948 525204 or email, alternatively bring in your submissions to the Club!

Red Shed Website:
Red Shed Facebook: