Gala Men's Shed finds saleroom for produce

Gala Mens Shed whynotGalashiels'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.

The new store, which took over the former M&Co shop, has space for two charities and also two not for profit organisations. The business has operated in a former North Berwick supermarket for the past six years, helping over 400 independent crafters, small businesses and community groups. It has various items for sale items from paintings to jewellery and also a café in the back of the shop.

Commenting on the collaboration with the local Men's Shed, Whynot? Owner Jenny Potter said: "We are delighted to be working with the men's shed. A really positive bunch of guys that are very talented and we wish them every success as we continue to work with them in the future."

Speaking after visiting the shop on opening day, Councillor Euan Jardine said: "It was great to see a new store open in Galashiels but most importantly, a store that is giving opportunity to a charity like the men's shed. I was impressed at how quickly the owners got in touch. It really shows that they care about the community they now have a part in."

Galashiels Men's Shed chairman Paul Bertram added: "We were really thankful for Whynot? getting in touch as a lot of these items were in the shed and not going anywhere. It is great that we can now start to get an income and hopefully encourage others to come along to the men's shed. We really appreciate the support from Jenny Potter and look forward to continuing the partnership.

Men's Shed Champion John Greenwell welcomed the news and talked about the overall impact of men's shed: "Men's Sheds are now becoming an integral part of our communities and support that our communities are giving to sheds and the shedders that use them has been overwhelming. Social isolation in retired men has been identified as one of the main factors in older men's poor health and being part of the Men's shed movement has helped raise the health and wellbeing of shedders."