Men shed their inhibitions

Some of the men who have got the Coldstream Men's Shed up and running.
Some of the men who have got the Coldstream Men's Shed up and running.

Coldstream Men’s Shed is about to open its doors, and a preview day last Saturday proved that demand for it is out there.

Men’s sheds are popping up all over the country now, and with an unused shop in Coldstream High Street and tools and equipment aplenty, Jock Law’s wife suggested he look into starting one.

Jock didn’t take much persuading and the open day brought in men from Kelso an Greenlaw as well as Coldstream. Some 30 men are now registered as members.

The group is still in the process of getting all the formalities dealt with before opening on a regular basis, but when it is up and running properly,it will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10am and 4pm.

Berwickshire Association for Voluntary Service has helped with setting up and the Co-op has offered to assist with refreshments.

Coldstream Men’s Shed is part of a nationwide initiative led by the UK Men’s Sheds Association now overseeing around 400 such ventures.

Borders MSP John Lamont attended the open day and said afterwards: “It was great to see so much interest in the new men’s shed in Coldstream, and as a local, I was very pleased to become a member myself.

“Men’s sheds are fantastic facilities which provide a benefit to the community and an opportunity to socialise.

“In rural areas like the Borders, it’s all too common for men to suffer from social isolation.”

To find out more, contact Jock on 01890 882333.