Shedders invited to sharpen tools, get practical, or just enjoy a natter at weekly scout hall get-togethers

Men in South Molton finally have a shed they can call their own.

A Men’s Shed group has set up temporary camp in the scout hut in Southely Road, offering men – and some women – the chance to meet up, share skills and work on individual or community projects.

The initiative has been launched by Age UK Devon and South Molton Rotary Club, and will support the work of the South Molton Meddlers, who have been busy doing work in the town for some time.

South Molton Rotary president, Barry Gouldbourne, said: “The Shed is hoped to support and extend on their work, while also providing a community space for more to join the group.”

According to the UK Men’s Shed Association, the movement began in Australia but there are now nearly 300 Sheds open in the UK, with 100 more in the planning.

South Molton Shed is North Devon’s second – there is already a similar group in Torrington.

Shedders attending the South Molton launch made themselves useful by repairing one of the scout hut doors.

“We had a great turn out,” added Barry.

“I am thrilled to see the South Molton Men’s Shed finally have a home and I hope to work with other Rotary groups to set up Men’s Sheds in their towns.”

The group meets at the scout hut on Wednesdays from 10am to 12noon.

For more information, visit menssheds.org.uk