Men’s Shed ap­peals for a trea­surer

The Oban Times - - Districts -

THE ket­tle is al­ways boil­ing and the craic is al­ways flow­ing at a so­cial club for men in Fort Wil­liam but now they just need some­one to man­age their fi­nances.

Fort Wil­liam Men’s Shed is a place where men can come to­gether to share skills, work on com­mu­nity projects and catch up.

The group meets on Mon­days, Wed­nes­days and Fri­days at its shed’ in the Blah Mor in­dus­trial es­tate.

Bruce James, chair­man, told the Lochaber Times: ‘It is just a nice comfy place where men with time on their hands can come and re­lax, speak to other men and pot­ter around. We’re not all re­tired but even still, life can some­times get lonely.

‘Women are bet­ter are talk­ing to each other and get­ting into groups, even if they are only go­ing to the med­i­cal cen­tre. Men can some­times find it hard to open up and there’s some­times con­ver­sa­tions that men only feel com­fort­able hav­ing around other men.’

Since the group moved into the Blah Mor, its mem­bers have been work­ing to get the place up to scratch with a bit of help from local busi­nesses and or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Bruce said: ‘Age Scot­land and the Robert­son Trust have been very good to us but a lot of the jobs we have worked on our­selves. We have an IT cor­ner, and were be­queathed a wood lathe, some mem­bers mend old mo­tor­bikes and we can also sell the items we make, like gar­den fur­ni­ture, to help cover our costs.’

A reg­is­tered char­ity, The Men’s Shed also or­gan­ised for a health pro­fes­sional to visit and give the guys a check up.

Bruce added: ‘I was pleas­antly sur­prised that ev­ery­one took the op­por­tu­nity to have an MOT. Things are re­ally tick­ing over at the shed but what we need is a trea­surer to make sure we’re do­ing things by the book.

‘If any­one with some ex­pe­ri­ence is in­ter­ested, they should get in touch and if trans­port is a prob­lem we can even pick them up from a bus stop.’

Pho­to­graph Abright­side Photography

The gents stop for a pic­ture at Fort Wil­liam Men’s Shed be­fore get­ting back to work.

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