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Women in Sheds is a 'sawing success' in Rutland

Women are now also enjoying a shed load of fun learning about woodwork and related activities.

Two years after Men in Sheds was launched in Oakham, a taster event for women was packed out.

Initially, Men in Sheds started off in Rutland County Museum in Oakham in a small shed as a ‘space’ for men aged over 50 “to do what they want” and enjoy activities such as woodwork, jigsaws, or just reading the paper.

Women in Sheds (7749913)
Women in Sheds (7749913)

Rutland Sheds co-ordinator Brian Lee says since they started off in a workshop most of the men want to do woodwork.

Numbers grew from 10 to 30 and last November the group moved to a larger venue at unit 8a, Oakham Enterprise Park in Ashwell.

Brian said: “We are still taking on new men and we are hoping to bring Women in Sheds very soon.”

The groups are run by Age Concern and part-funded by Rutland County Council.

When a recent open day event took place for women, some 36 turned up on the day.

Half of them wanted to learn how to do woodwork and learn how to use tools and improve their maintenance skills at home. The other half wanted to undertake craft activities.

Brian continued: “We were so successful, we will have to do more days.”

Recently, the men spent several days making a table for Dove Cottage Hospice in Ridlington.

The timber was donated by Age Concern and after completing the table, the men delivered the table to the palliative day care centre for those with cancer in Brooke Road.

To find out more about either Men in Sheds or Women in Sheds, contact Brian Lee on 07540 413 805 or e-mail brian.lee@ageukleics.org.uk

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