A place to connect

The new Romsey Men's Shed is officially opening on February 6. Pic of (L-R): president Steve Goodman; vice president Douglas Tozer; and members Laurie Bellingham; and Stevan Janusko. Photo by Damjan Janevski. 225419_01

Jessica Micallef

A place for local men to gather in Romsey has become a reality following the construction of a new men’s shed.

Shed secretary Eric Foster said the shed had been a long time coming.

“It means a great deal for the men,“ he said.

“The interest in the shed from the local men has started to escalate quite rapidly and they are getting really excited.“

Construction of the shed began mid-last year.

Shed members were using the neighbouring Romsey Scout Hall to conduct meetings.

Mr Foster said the new shed would be an opportunity for retired men to “get out of their rut“ post-retirement and to keep busy and motivated.

“We will have things for men to do like woodwork and metal work,“ he said.

“We also are going to connect with the members to see what they want and direct the shed to meet their needs.

“The shed also extends into the mental health side of things as well. It’s a place to socialise. They don’t have to do something. They can just come along for a cuppa and a chat.“

The shed was funded through government grants and the community had donated equipment for the men to use.

The Romsey Men’s Shed grand opening is on Saturday, February 6 at Romsey Park Recreation Reserve from 11am.

Details: 0418 338 319