Fitting out workshop is first project for Wayland Men’s Shed

The Wayland Men's Shed in Watton is now open. Picture: Ian Burt

The Wayland Men's Shed in Watton is now open. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

A new haven of manly pursuits from snooker to sawing has officially opened.

The Wayland Men's Shed in Watton is now open. Picture: Ian Burt

The Wayland Men's Shed in Watton is now open. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

The Wayland Men's Shed opened its doors for its first session this week, welcoming more than 20 men.

After moving into the former air cadets' hall in Church Walk, Watton, the Men's Shed committee set about renovating to create two spaces for its members.

There is a social area with a pool table – donated by local businessman Paul Adcock – sofas, card decks and a kitchenette, and the committee is in the process of fitting out a workshop which will be available for any DIY projects including woodwork and metalwork.

Men's Shed committee member Robert King said: 'It was a very enthusiastic day. We increased our membership and now have just over 20 members.

The Wayland Men's Shed in Watton is now open. Picture: Ian Burt

The Wayland Men's Shed in Watton is now open. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt


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'We had a lot of fun and I am sure our group will grow.

'The big advantage is there is a wealth of knowledge that you can call on, from the other members, while also helping others with your individual skills.'

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Mr King said the committee is seeking donations of tools and work benches for the workshop.

He added: 'We have had donations from members of the public for which we are very grateful.

'Once the workshop is complete we are having a model boat donated to us which needs refitting.'

The building is being leased to the Wayland Partnership, which runs the Men's Shed, from the Ministry of Defence.

The Wayland Men's Shed meets on Mondays from 10am-1pm and Wednesdays from 1pm-5pm. Membership is £20 per year plus £2 per meeting. Non-members are also welcome.

For more information call Robert King on 01953 885047 or Richard Adams on 01953 881004.

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