The first ever Borders Men's Shedfest held in the Tait Hall, Kelso on 30th March has been hailed a great success.
Men's Sheds are a place for men to go to share skills and interests, pursue hobbies and pastimes, enjoy some company, help the community or simply a place to go for a cuppa and a laugh.
Five sheds now exist in the Borders in Galashiels, Jedburgh, Hawick, Eyemouth and Coldstream with others under development in Kelso, Selkirk and Duns. The Shedfest, facilitated and coordinated by Volunteer Centre Borders and with funding from the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, brought all the Sheds together for the first time to learn more, showcase their projects and explore new opportunities to work together and to further grow the Shed movement.
Talks were given by Jason Schroeder, Executive officer of the Scottish Men's Sheds Association on the Men's Shed movement globally and nationally and Tim Green and Jo Cowan from Age Scotland. Each Shed also told their own stories describing how each had developed, the type and range of activities undertaken and the benefits their members feel that they and their local communities receive in return.
Nigel Sargent, Policy and Development Officer of Volunteer Centre Borders said " with the Men's Shed movement growing all the time, the Shedfest was great in bringing everyone together to celebrate the success of the Borders Sheds and for the shedders and others to exchange thoughts and ideas.
Hearing the shedders own stories was truly inspiring. The Sheds, which are generally open to all, have been developed by the men involved and for the men involved. Each Shed is different with all activities and projects agreed by the men themselves. The Shedfest showed just how strong the Shed movement has now become in the Scottish Borders and how it is well on course to grow even more."