Men’s Shed revamp thanks to donation

Members of the Ellon and District Mens Shed stand at the foundation of a greenhouse that they are constructing
Members of the Ellon and District Mens Shed stand at the foundation of a greenhouse that they are constructing

The Ellon and District Men’s Shed is set to be transformed after receiving a significant financial donation from Nexen Petroleum UK Limited.

Part of The Scottish Men’s Shed Association, the Ellon group has been awarded £7,500 to help with the renovation of their newly acquired premise on Hospital Road.

Although the group is already making the most of the old recycling shed belonging to Aberdeenshire Council, it is in need of a complete revamp to ensure it is fully functional and can be utilised for the group’s various activities.

The Ellon and District Men’s Shed hopes to convert their new space into two areas where men can socialise and also carry out practical tasks such as wood work and mechanics.

The group has already completed several projects, including building children’s play houses and greenhouses for local residents.

Colin Grieve, Chair at the Ellon and District Men’s Shed, commented: “We’re very grateful to receive this generous donation from Nexen.

“It will go a long way in helping us to restore our shed into a new space for local men to visit and enjoy.”

Colin added: “I retired eight months ago and I was concerned about how I was going to fill my time, but the Men’s Shed has certainly kept me busy with good company and projects to keep me occupied.”

The group of 40 members, is continuing with their fundraising efforts to raise as much money as possible so they can start on the first restoration phase of the shed, including a quiz night at the Ellon McDonald Golf Club in May.

The concept of the Men’s Shed started in Australia and was set-up to help communities live in a healthier way and combat loneliness by offering men, who are retired, unemployed, or recovering from illness, the chance to socialise and take part in practical activities.

To find out more information about the Ellon and District Men’s Shed, please visit their website at ellonanddistrictmensshed.blogspot.co.uk.