THE Men’s Shed group in Clydebank is encouraging members old and new to come along to its open day.

The group gives people in the town - not just men, despite the name - the chance to meet, share their skills and ideas, and enjoy the experience of working and learning together.

The Clydebank branch, based in the grounds of Dalmuir Community Centre, was formed in 2014, but was unable to meet since its re-opening a month ago due to Covid-19 regulations.

Now the group is inviting members along to an open day on Wednesday, August 11 at noon in a bid to encourage more people to reap the benefits of the shed.

Mick Wilson, chair of the group, told the Post: “Preparations for the open day are in full swing and we have most of the local politicians coming along.

“We’ve got the premises completely Covid safe now so social distancing can be maintained. There are also hand sanitising stations set up throughout the shed.

“It’s really just a case of encouraging people to get out and come along.

“I think people are just that little bit concerned about coming out or maybe they have got out of the habit of leaving the house.

“Those who have come back have been delighted. You can’t get any better feedback than those who have been in a dark place throughout lockdown and got back into the shed to contribute.”

Mick said members have hit the ground running since the shed reopened.

He added: “The guys have been doing some building work for Old Kilpatrick Food Parcels and getting them ready to open their cafeteria fully.

“We’ve also just taken on some project work for Dalmuir Barclay Church. Their eco build team have asked us to make some planters up for them which we are quite happy to do.

“The preparation work that has gone into getting the shed back into usable condition after 15 months has been phenomenal and I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who has helped.

“We’re also in the process of trying to get a second shed next door to us. We’ve been trying to get a lease on it for the last 18 months, but things ground to a halt during lockdown. We’re hoping to have that resolved as soon as possible.”

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