Duns and District Men’s Shed is is moving to new premises in Gavinton Church Hall after reaching agreement with Duns and District Parishes to use the space on a 12 month trial.
Set up in the spring with support from Scottish Borders Council’s Community Capacity Building Team, A Heart for Duns, Volunteer Centre Borders and Berwickshire Association for Voluntary Service, the Men’s Shed aims to give central Berwickshire residents the opportunity to come together and make a difference in their local community.
Men’s Shed member, Alex Small, said: “I’m a retired time served joiner and worked for a number of years in the building, aircraft construction and development industries followed by 25 years as a university technician, also on research and development. I became a ‘shedder’ as I would like to think I have a broad knowledge to pass on and would look forward helping others develop their own skills and share their knowledge.”
Reverend Stephen A. Blakey, from Duns and District Parishes, said: “As a congregation we are involved with the local community in a whole range of projects such as Duns Foodbank, the Dementia Friendly Café as well as the Kirk Kids mother and toddlers’ group. We see the Men’s Shed as an important opportunity to support another aspect of community life; it’s a win-win solution and is good for the parish church, the community of Gavinton and the Men’s Shed group themselves.”
The Men’s Shed has received some donations, including a generous sum from Berwickshire Housing Association and a grant from Blackhill Windfarm Community Fund, which will cover initial start-up costs.
In return, the members have made a number of contributions to the community by restoring a seat at the Knoll Hospital and getting involved in Duns Civic Week and Silver Sunday .
The Men’s Shed is keen to attract new members and ideas about projects that they could become involved with. They are also looking for donations of unused tools and machinery of all kinds and to hear from anyone who may have suitable premises they could use in Duns itself.
Alex Small added: “We are extremely grateful to Duns and District Parishes for the use of their hall for the next 12 months but going forward would be looking to establish a base in a more accessible central location. We are currently in negotiations with SB Cares for the use of a garage at Lanark Lodge for storage but would welcome any ideas that people might have for workshop space closer to the town centre.”
To find out more, contact Ewan Knox (email@example.com) or Alex Small (01361 883297; firstname.lastname@example.org).