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Men in Sheds

Men in Sheds
‘Men’s Sheds’ are places men can meet to enjoy their hobbies or learn new ones, make friends and enjoy each other’s company. This is the description used by the originators of this collective to represent how inclusive the ‘Men’s Sheds’ initiative is.

 On Water Lane in Newport by the canal is The Black Shed where a group of local older men are looking to gather to work shoulder to shoulder on all sorts of DIY projects. They need work benches and tools to use on projects of their own making or in partnership with others.

Newport Men’s Shed is a charitable organisation that is looking for local support and donations to enable them to provide this community service. Greenhous Vauxhall in Telford have found a home for some chairs and tables that were surplus following the recent refurbishment of their Trench Lock showrooms.

Geoff Lowe, After Sales Manager at Greenhous Vauxhall in Telford visited The Black Shed with apprentice technician, Josh Palmer delivering the furniture to a delighted Willie Gormley and Fraser Fundell. Willie says: “The Newport Men’s Shed initiative will give much pleasure to a great number of retired men. It will help them to stay active and will have a positive effect on their health and well-being in later life. We are gradually establishing a growing membership and the furniture donated will be used to develop our recreational and refreshment area. We are delighted Greenhous thought of us.”

Geoff Lowe reflects: “What a wonderful place for retired men to spend some quality time with friends working on projects that interest them. So much better than sitting at home, possibly isolated and lonely. We had new furnishings as a result of the refurbishment and the chairs and tables we replaced are still in very good condition. It is very rewarding to see that they have gone to a positive use in our community.”

Anyone who would like to help the Newport Men’s Shed through membership or donation of tools, machinery or materials should contact as follows: