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Men in Sheds Open Day

Published on 20 June 2018 04:26 PM

The Men in Sheds project in Macclesfield is opening its doors on Monday 2 July, to show potential new Shedders what the project is all about!

The Shed, run by Age UK Cheshire East behind its furniture showroom in Henderson Street Macclesfield, opens every Monday and Tuesday, between 9.00am and 4.00pm, with three sessions running each day.  The charity has found that older men often aren’t interested in going to organised group activities, but the Shed is different in that it gives them the chance to get stuck in with a more practical task whilst enjoying a laugh and a joke with fellas the same age.

Those who have used the shed over the years have tried their hand at a variety of projects, including coasters, birdboxes and even model planes!  Currently, the shedders are working hard to develop planters and other garden related products for use in our new garden project, which is being developed beside the shed, giving those who come to the shed the opportunity to not only enjoy the shed itself, but have a well deserved rest in a new garden.

To encourage new men to the Shed, the charity is hosting an Open Day on Monday 2 July, from 9.00am until 4.00pm, giving potential new shedders the opportunity to have a look around, have a go at a simple woodworking task, and see if the Shed is for them. 

Anthony Madge, who runs the shed comments “The Shed is a great way for older men to engage with other like minded people, have a great chat and laugh over a cup of tea, and get the chance to try their hand at some woodworking in our purpose built shed.  It doesn’t matter if they’ve had no prior experience, we cater for all abilities!  The Open Day will give us the opportunity to show what great things we are doing here and hopefully sign up some new members.”

Entrance to the Shed usually costs £5 per session, but the Open Day on 2 July will be free to all who attend, and there will be plentiful cups of tea, coffee and biscuits.

Why not give the Shed a try – who knows, before you know it you could be embarking on your very own woodworking project and making some great new friends in the process!