What is it? What do they do? And where do they meet? It’s time to find out more about the organisation that’s taken off in a massive way in Somerset

The Men’s Shed Association started off in Australia, but quickly spread around the world. In a nutshell, it’s a way for men to meet up, have a chat, learn new skills and just socialise with other men.

Most towns now have their own group, and the Heads Up charity in Wells is in the process of setting one up themselves, thanks to a grant donation from the Masonic Community Fund. They’re aiming to get it finished by the spring of 2018, and are hoping to create an environment for men to work on small projects such as furniture recycling, woodworking, etc. They are in need of tools though, so if you have anything you can donate, please do drop them a line on 01749 670667 or email them on info@headsupsomerset.org.uk.

Street have been holding their own Men’s Shed group for some time. The Street Shedders are actively trying to create a genial space in Street where men can come together around practical tasks, such as woodworking, and also have a tea or coffee, meet others and have a chat. They meet at Unit 10 in The Tanyard on Tuesdays (9am-1pm) and Thursdays (12.30-4.30pm).

They are now members of the Shape Mendip lottery (www.shapemendiplottery.co.uk), which raises funds for charities and organisations in the Mendip area. When you buy a ticket from their page on the Shape website, the Street Men’s Shed will get 50% and you get a chance to win up to £25,000.

If you think that this might be for you thenplease come along at the times mentioned, or contact Brian Bastable on brianbastable9@aol.com for details and dates. You can also check us out on our website at www.streetmensshed.btck.co.uk.

More information about Men’s Sheds in the Mendip area can be found on the Men’s Sheds Association UK website at www.menssheds.org.uk