Meeting this weekend for Men’s Shed bid

There appears to be plenty of interest in the Men's Shed project in Peterhead.
There appears to be plenty of interest in the Men's Shed project in Peterhead.

Two sessions will be held at Buchanhaven Heritage Centre this weekend to gauge interest for a Men’s Shed in Peterhead.

Those interested in joining the project are invited to go along tothe centre in the town’s Ugie Road, on Saturday, September 6.

Sessions will start at 2pm and 4pm and at both sessions there will be a short video and time for chat so that those interested in becoming part of this exciting project can register to join the group working on the Peterhead Shed.

Refreshments will be provided, including some homebakes, and all are welcome to go along.

The Men’s Shed is a place where all ages of men can come to work together ‘shoulder to shoulder’ on making, restoring or repairing something and socialise having a good laugh at the same time.

The shed is essentially split into two areas which are a workshop and a social area. Depending on the community and its needs the internal set up can be different from one shed to the next.

Commonly however the workshop has workbenches, woodworking tools (lathes, band saws, drill presses) and a metal working area etc.

The social area has comfortable seating, computer access, a pool table, darts board, space for crafts, e.g. model railway making, upholstery, leather work etc. and a kitchen area.

The Sheds are set up by local community steering groups and are run as independent charities by themselves. Funding comes from grants, Shed fundraisers and donations and aim to be free to the users.

The first shed in NE Scotland opened its doors in February 2013 in Westhill. With more than 3,000 people coming through the sheds doors in the first year and many projects under their belt, the shed is very successful.

Work on setting up a Men’s Shed in Peterhead has been ongoing for several months now.

Christopher Third, local officer of the Scottish Health Council in Grampian, has been part of the project.

“There has been a lot of interest in Peterhead, but we really need to get a group constituted to take this work forward,” he said.

If anyone would like more information on the Men’s Shed project then they can contact Jason on 07964 036821 for details.