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The life-changing Men's Sheds movement is continuing to go from strength to strength with the opening of the 500th Shed in the UK.

Recently Sheds have opened in Peebles, Kelso and on the 19th July 2019 the Official opening of the Duns Shed takes place

Men's Sheds have grown in popularity to become invaluable community spaces for people to connect, create and have fun. They host similar activities to garden sheds – including woodwork, DIY and general making – but for the purpose of bringing groups of people together. Indeed the community ethos behind Men's Sheds has been highly effective at reducing loneliness and social isolation in areas right across the country, including among the elderly and retired.

The opening of the 500th shed reflects the significant growth of the movement in the UK, which has seen the number of sheds increase by 66% in the last three years, having previously reached the 300 mark in May 2016.

The UK Men's Sheds Association, reports that sheds now provide a welcoming social space for around 12,000 members right across the country, from Helmsmade in the Highlands of Scotland to St Austell in Cornwall, and all major cities in between.

Lauder opens a new community shed!
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From an article printed in the Southern Reporter here

After more than two years in the making, Lauder Community Shed is up and running and ready build up its membership.

The group moved into a former meeting room the Leader Leisure Centre last week and is wasting no time in encouraging people through its doors. 

Shed chairman John McPherson said: "At the moment we have about 12 people really interested and now that our shed is open we look forward to welcoming more people along. 

"We are looking for both men and women to join. 

"Folk have been really supportive of the idea and we've already received a lot of donations of tools, time and money so are ready to get going with projects including benches for the community and planters for the leisure centre. 

"Bird boxes are an amazingly common request too and we'll even be making some owl boxes. We've a lathe and work benches been donated too, so that's a big help." 

The group, a registered charity, raised £8,000 in grant funding and donations to establish itself and will soon start selling its wares from within the Old Causeway building to help with running costs. 

"I can't stress enough how very much this new group is needed," John added. "We have helped quite a few people already. The whole aim of the shed is to stop depression, tackle social isolation and get people out of the house and involved. 

"That has already been achieved a little but we are still looking to do more. 

"Anyone with a skill can come along and share it, and anyone without can come along to learn or even just enjoy a cuppa and chat." 

And the plans don't stop there. 

"It's a blank canvas right now, which is absolutely amazing," former electrician John added. "We may go on to offer photography classes and whatever else comes along. 

"The community benefits are endless." 

Watching Dr Paul Corney officially open their new home last Friday marked a major milestone for the group, which first began working towards opening a shed in May 2017. 

It had to abandon its original plan to house the shed in a portacabin due to costs, but say they will keep looking for a more permanent home.

The shed is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12.30pm to 5pm and membership costs £3 per month. For more information contact John on 07703 305257.

Galashiels's Men's Shed have found a new home to sell their produce.

Last month, a plea was put out for a place in town to sell the items which were being produced by members of Gala's Men's Shed. Jenny Potter, who has just opened Whynot? On Channel Street promptly volunteered some space and invited local Councillors along to the opening of the shop to see the shed items for sale. Click here for more on this story...

An article from the Scottish Men's Shed Association via their Facebook Page here 

The article features the 'T in the Shed' play performed by 3 in 1 Theatre on Saturday 4th May 2019.


"90 minutes of pin dropping silence as we all sat riveted listening to the T in the Shed play today. Tears of sadness and laughter. Blown away by this result of 6 Sheds telling their stories... woven together by Matt Dunn of 3in1 theatre. The readers were superb... close your eyes and you were transported into their world. 

Big thanks to Scot Rail and Foundation Scotland for the funding, Matt Dunn for the vision and miles of travel to the Sheds and mostly to the men who told it as it is in the world of men who have time on their hands and Scottish Men's Sheds.

Our hope is to turn this into a travelling play to local communities and a film so you can be part of the magic which was birthed today, T in the Shed. A standing ovation please".

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