DUMFRIESSHIRE MSP Oliver Mundell praised the latest in a network of Men’s Sheds established in his constituency last week.
He joined one of the regular sessions of Sanquhar and District Men’s Shed, which was launched in the spring and meets on Monday and Friday mornings together with Wednesday evenings.
Their base is in two large rooms at St. Bride’s Parish Church Hall, one of which is a workshop with an expanding range of equipment.
During his visit, the MSP met with office-bearers and other members, including chairman Andy Williamson.
Andy has witnessed the benefits of the men’s shed movement elsewhere and is one of the founders at Sanquhar.
David Mundell said: “I’ve seen the positive impact men’s sheds have had in many Dumfriesshire communities and I’m delighted one has been established in Upper Nithsdale.
“Where they have been set up there is great camaraderie, a remarkable pool of skills and experience and at some sheds members have taken on quite ambitious projects, sometimes benefiting the wider community.
“I’m impressed just how far and fast the Sanquhar Shed has come. They have already a membership of 35 having only become established in April.”
“Men of all ages are welcome, and it is a great opportunity to learn new skills and share knowledge.
“Importantly, the social element and projects have been shown to benefit mental and physical health and well-being.
“The Sanquhar Men’s Shed is an asset to the Upper Nithsdale community which is rightly going from strength to strength.”