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Members sought for Foggie Men's Shed


By Leanne Murray

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Aberchirder and District Men's Shed, Men's Shed, Kenny Christie, James Paterson
Aberchirder and District Men's Shed, Men's Shed, Kenny Christie, James Paterson

A GROUP that aims to help combat loneliness among men is looking for new members.

Aberchirder and District Men's Shed has now finished construction on its new premises and is looking for more people to stop by for a chat and a cuppa.

The construction of the shed cost £32,000 from fundraising and grants.

Secretary James Paterson said: "We have a lot of support from the Foggie folk, with coffee mornings. It's been amazing.

"This is just somewhere men can get together because unlike women, who have guilds and rurals, men, when they retire, they have nothing.

"It really is to combat loneliness, and members can just get along with their own hobbies – but it is better doing it together than in a garage yourself. Its about getting out of the house and about being together. At the men's shed we have a wood working unit, there is an opportunity for light metal work and even a kitchen where the men can learn to boil an egg!"

The men's shed also has a polytunnel greenhouse, with the members able to sell vegetables and plants, with computing classes soon to be available.

Spring next year will also see the men's shed grow as a heavy metal workshop is set to be built.

James added: "We all have different skills, we have a retired police officer and a former electrical engineer, some of our skills are more useful than others but we do teach each other.

"We've even had people just pop in past for a cuppa as there was no where else open in the village."

The men's shed will be holding a Christmas coffee morning on December 15 from 10am to 1pm.

The men's shed also holds a men's only coffee morning every second Tuesday throughout the day, with the next one scheduled for December 11. For more information on becoming a member call 01433 781882.


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