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Make friends, share interests and help our community
Tool sale 11th March
this went very well and we raised £1000 for the shed.
Ongoing project program 2017
Woodwork: We will need help with our projects for the community, drop in and ask what is going on.
Engineers group: We have a stationary petrol engine and a steam engine to restore.
Engineers sessions are Wednesdays 5-8 and Fridays 10-1.
Tool sales: We have had great success repairing donated tools and selling them- at stalls in Westhill and on Gumtree.
We need men to help with the repair and restoration and to man the stalls.
Model Railway: Continues to be built- still lots to do.
Bridge club: Will continue to run on Friday mornings, come and join in.
Health topics: Following the successful session on prostate cancer, heart surgery and Alzheimer’s we hope to find more topics. Please suggest any you are interested in.
Social events: Summer BBQ and other evening social events will be arranged.
Community projects: The Press and Journal boxes need helpers and other projects (benches, planters,play and library equipment) are ongoing- just drop
in and ask if you can help.
Computing: We will run informal sessions answering questions on a one to one basis. You can ask for a
session on any topic from emails to anti virus and bring your own tablet or laptop and we will solve any
The kettle can go on at any time we also have billiards and snooker and darts at the Shed! Drop in for a game or for a chat.
Everyone is welcome, wherever you live if you can travel to the Shed you can use it for free. So drop in, have a coffee and we'll show you round.
10:00 to 4:00
3:00 p.m. to 8 p.m.
every week apart from xmas/new year
You can drop by for a chat anytime, use our workshop to work on your own project or join one of ours. We will be taking ideas from the members about what they would like to do so if you have always wanted to do something but not had the space or like minded people to do it with come along and talk about it.
This website will be kept up to date with the current opening hours. If you are on our email list we will let you know of anything significant going on. To join our list Contact Us.
Where are we?
See the Contact us page for a map and contact details.
What is a Men's Shed?
The Shed combines friendship and hobbies with practical work.
To see our excellent video about what our shed is for click here.
We would rather turn it than burn it.
Why Men's Sheds
It has been consistently documented that men do not make friends easily, tending instead to gather acquaintances, many of whom fall away when there is a change in life such as retirement, redundancy, divorce, or bereavement. Whilst women are the majority at community social events, and can often be found out with their friends socialising over a cup of tea or coffee, men don’t find satisfaction in the same things and find it difficult to regenerate a social life following these life-altering events. I will revisit this aspect in more detail later in this article.
Men, however, do gain satisfaction from making and repairing things, which they often do in their garage or shed at home. Be it model-making or other hobbies, woodworking or engineering projects, many men feel at home in this environment, often drawing upon the skills gained from employment. Providing a community shed means that they will be able to satisfy their desire to make and repair things, with the added advantage of a more sustained and meaningful involvement with their local community, each other, and their own family.
Say ‘Men’s Shed’ and most people get the concept within a few minutes; single men know they won’t feel awkward on their own, and all men benefit from the new friendships, camaraderie and renewed sense of purpose they find there. How do we know this? There is a growing body of research into both the social and personal issues experienced by men, and the role that Men’s Sheds can play in addressing these; furthermore, we have also conducted our own surveys at the Westhill Men’s Shed. For further details and the background purpose of sheds please see this page.