The Lord Lieutenant of Surrey, Michael More-Molyneux, officially opened the Oxted Woodhouse Centre’s new Men’s Shed and promptly joined in with the users of the facility by practising his saw skills.
The Woodhouse Centre charity wants people who are isolated or suffering from health problems to get involved and get active.
A Men’s Shed is a place where men (and women) can meet, socialise and work together. The Oxted Shed is equipped for woodworking but Dee Graham, Woodhouse Centre Manager, said:
“Men in Sheds is more than just a workshop. It’s a space to socialise, share practical skills, meet new people, and perhaps help the community.
“Anyone is welcome to drop in, even if you are completely new to woodwork, or if you just want company and a change of scene. Please come and join us!”
Project manager Sarah Spires says: “Our bigger shed has been in the pipeline for over a year. It has only come to fruition with the hard work of a few volunteers, and with valuable support from a range of local bodies, businesses and individuals.”
After cutting a ribbon and touring the facility the Lord Lieutenant chatted to many of the Men’s Shed users and supporters and afterwards cut a cake to mark the opening.
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