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Men’s Shed started in Australia to give a focal point to men who were not in employment and/or not socialising often with working at home, as sole traders or retired.  The movement started in the UK in 2013 and now has in excess of 280 registered ‘Sheds’.  It was found that men talk better when doing something, comparing skills or suggestions as to finding solutions to situations.  Men talk shoulder to shoulder where women talk eye to eye.  By giving an opportunity for men to have a practical base, they are more inclined to share skills, talk about ‘men’s things’ e.g. football, cars, the price of timber and voice opinions on political or current affairs issues.


The most important factor is that they have a reason to get out of the house and somewhere specific to go and to interact, to have banter with other men.


The centre of operation is tea or coffee – the kettle.  The start of any working day.  From there we expect to be ‘doing things’, sometimes for personal satisfaction for the home e.g. build a planter for the garden or be making something for the community e.g. hedgehog houses for the council environment group or high planters 4 feet x 2 feet for wheelchair bound people.  These are priced to cover materials and replacement of tools etc.


We have received interest from people across the spectrum of employment and specially those who have been working in Engineering; for this we have a lathe and other engineering equipment.  We also have a range of woodworking equipment and will be making a variety of items for those with general skills or from the construction industry.  Our task is to provide the space to share time and skills.


The shed is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and  Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 13:00.


Our task is to provide a place for men from all walks of life to meet and socialise.


Google Men’s Shed UK and see how it works across the country.


Interested?  Email paul.lingard@sky.com for more details.  He will arrange an informal induction at 10:30 a.m. on a Monday in the Megacentre and then show you the workshop facility, have a cup of tea/coffee and meet some of the guys who are the shed members.  Normally you will be there for 1 – 1.5 hours.  You will go away with a membership form and code of conduct expectations.  Talk to him if this is not ideal but you are interested.  He will help.  We will be hoping you return with the form and your £15 annual membership.  You would then pay £2 each session you attend to help cover the cost of tea/coffee/biscuits and the general supplies for the shed operation.

Look forward to hearing from you.


10am to 1pm every week


10am to 1pm every week


10am to 1pm every week


10am to 1pm every week

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