‘Flagship’ Men’s Shed to open in Banchory

Plans for Banchory Men's Shed: Olrig Stephen, John Jeffries, Pete Tyrrell, Bill Bythe, Alan Pumfrey
Plans for Banchory Men's Shed: Olrig Stephen, John Jeffries, Pete Tyrrell, Bill Bythe, Alan Pumfrey

Banchory are getting a Men’s Shed that will serve as the flagship for all Men’s Sheds in Scotland that link up with the Royal British Legion.

Men’s Sheds are the non-profit innovation from Australia that creates spaces for lonely men to relax, congregate, and do projects, with the ultimate goal of improving men’s health.

Banchory: To be one of the latest areas to benefit from a Men's Shed

Banchory: To be one of the latest areas to benefit from a Men's Shed

The committee for Banchory & District Men’s Shed came together around April this year, impressed by the one in Westhill, and they have been allowed premises by the Banchory British Legion beneath their hall, and have planning permission from the council to begin developing the space.

They currently have 15 regular members as well as many people interested in joining when the shed is properly up and running - but they are looking for more people who want to join and help them build the project from the ground up, as well as local businesses, and anyone who can spare any donations towards their costs of setting up.

Chairman of the committee, Alan Pumfrey, said: “We’re look at everyone we can possibly approach, local people and small businesses who can give a bit towards the cause.

“Our costs are lower than they normally would be because we’ve got a roof and a floor and a ceiling, so there’s not the expense of a whole building, but nothing happens without donations.”

He added: “The Men’s Sheds are for any man over 18, so there’s even a possibility for older members to help younger ones who are maybe unemployed, passing on skills and helping people with their confidence.”

The Banchory & District Men’s Shed is linked to the British Legion Scotland because its particular focus will be in helping veterans from the services who have grown dormant in society re-integrate.

Committee member John Jeffries, formerly an engineer in the navy, said: “I live right in the sticks on the hills at Inchmarlo, and I found it really difficult to integrate into civilian life, but since I’ve been involved in this my wellbeing’s hit the roof. I can’t imagine what it’s going to be like once we get it going properly.”

Anybody interested in joining Banchory Men’s Shed, or interested in donating towards the cause can do so by calling Alan Pumfrey on 01330 538 225, or emailing: alanpumfrey@gmail.com.