They’ve got the men. Now they need the shed!

Official opening of Men In Sheds Milton Keynes new premises in Kiln Farm.

Official opening of Men In Sheds Milton Keynes new premises in Kiln Farm. "Shedder" Peter Gallagher watches Deputy Mayor Cllr Brian White cut the ribbon. ENGPNL00120120110142942

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There’s no shortage of interest in setting up a new Men In Sheds venture. Now they just need a shed.

The new group in Winslow, which is being supported by the town’s Lions Club, is looking for a place to meet in on a regular basis.

Sixteen men from Winslow, Steeple Claydon and Great Horwood went along to the group’s first meeting on July 18 to find out more about the movement which started several years ago in Australia and quickly spread to the UK. There are already Sheds in Milton Keynes and Aylesbury.

They operate on a simple basis – men come to the shed when it’s open and do things that interest them and, if they want to, pass on skills or expertise to others.

Current activities at the Milton Keynes Shed include woodworking, metalwork, model trains, model aircraft and computers.

There’s no pressure to attend every week or to do anything in particular – if people just want to chat, that’s fine.

Benefits include using skills members already have, gaining new skills and making new acquaintances.

Winslow Lions spokesman Colin Bradford said the initial meeting at Lakers Nursery was very well supported, with the kind help of Lakers owner Jane Halsey, who supplied teas, coffees and “wonderful cakes”.

“She did us proud,” said Mr Bradford.

The Lions now plan to take the venture forward and set up a website.

Mr Bradford said: “We’ve got some men. Now we need a shed.

“If anyone knows of a shed where we can meet on a regular basis, please get in touch.”

A second meeting to discuss the venture is planned for 1pm on Friday at Winslow’s Bell Hotel.

Mr Bradford said: “Anyone who wants to go along and think about becomeing a Shedder is very welcome.”

For more information, or to offer a shed venue, call Colin Bradford on 07954 369309.

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