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Forres Men's Shed raised £425 for Macmillan Cancer Care during Doors Open Days 2023

By Garry McCartney

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Tubs made and donated by Forres Men's Shed.
Tubs made and donated by Forres Men's Shed.

A SOCIAL group that meets in a local workshop invited the public to see what they do during a national event.

Forres and District Men’s Shed, based at Greenbank, Mundole Equestrian Farm also raised £425 for Macmillan Cancer Support during Doors Open Days 2023.

Every September, Doors Open Days offers the chance to explore buildings across Scotland. Over the past 33 years, the festival has reached all 32 council regions of Scotland with visitors enjoying access to nearly 1000 events. The event is coordinated by the Scottish Civic Trust and is part of European Heritage Days alongside Scottish Archaeology Month, coordinated by Archaeology Scotland. Both are supported by Historic Environment Scotland.

Men’s Shed spokesman John Oldfield confirmed around 30 people attended their workshop on Saturday, September 23 and that the proceeds were made up of donations from the public, sales of self-made items and a donation from the group.

He said: “We had a display of all the things we do and make. Visitors enjoyed tea, coffee and donuts donated by Tesco. We provide charitable help in the area but more importantly comradery, support and friendship for our members who learn additional skills, eat and drink refreshments and tell stories!”

As well as planting tubs, Men's Shed donated bird tables set up outside residents' windows so they can watch them feed.
As well as planting tubs, Men's Shed donated bird tables set up outside residents' windows so they can watch them feed.

Forres Men’s Shed provides recreational facilities and advances the social needs, health and wellbeing of local men who often help other groups and community projects.

Mr Oldfield said: “We support numerous charities and groups including Cathay and Meadowlark care homes. We’ve built and donated Dava benches for the Dava Way Association and we’ve helped elderly residents with woodworking tasks including building storage areas for their bins.”

Forres Men’s Shed is open to new members. It currently numbers 40 with a core group of 14 who attend on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.

“We’re busy repairing a dovecote for a local resident,” said Mr Oldfield. “We’re also making bird tables and repairing garden benches and horse jumps for Mundole Equestrian. Come and join us! We have all the woodworking tools and machines you will need and plenty of people to help or chat to.”

Email forresmensshed13@gmail.com or call 07591 962481 for more information.

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