Ferryside & Frome Men’s Sheds go head to head

Coracle racing at Carmarthen’s River Festival on Saturday 8th July brought competition between Ferryside & Frome Men’s Sheds. The home team prevailed and we would really like to throw this event out to all Men’s Sheds for next year. Ideally we can arrange help with tuition on how to build a coracle and help with how to row and keep afloat in a race. If you want to register an interest, just let us know. It looked like good fun. The race.
Richard White of Ferryside Men’s Shed is pictured below.

The Colwyn Bay She-Shed

Colwyn Bay Men’s Sheds now has new events for women through their She-Shed. Promoting the same Men’s Sheds values of companionship and learning something new, the group meets on Monday evenings and Thursday mornings. If you live in the area, give it a try!

National Assembly for Wales: Health, Social Care & Sport Committee

Men’s Sheds Cymru have been invited to a Facebook Live” discussion with the Chair of the Committee, Dr Dai Lloyd AM on 25th January 2017 to coincide with the launch of an inquiry  on Isolation and Loneliness in Wales. The aim of the inquiry is to assess the extent and impact of loneliness and isolation in Wales with a focus on but not limited to older people.

It will also look at the scale and causes of the problems of isolation and loneliness, the impact in terms of physical and mental health and wellbeing and ways of addressing the problem.



Brendan Somers Mayor of Aberystwyth – new Men’s Shed

Doc1Brendan Somers the current Mayor of Aberystwyth has the aim of creating a new Men’s Shed in Aberystwyth and more in the district if there is a demand. Men in Borth, further along the coast have already shown interest. Brendan will be putting out flyers around the town and will hold an open meeting as soon as a small core of “shedders” has been formed. If you are interested contact Brendan on 07473 740892 email: somers.brendan@yahoo.co.uk or let us have your details.

Mayor, Brendan Somers



BBC Radio Wales 18 Jan 2017

Hoping to have a chance to talk on the Wynne Evans show about the progress made by the Men’s Sheds Cymru project and the difference to individuals who are now regular ‘shed’ members. If it does not happen on 18th January 2017, hope to be invited to another slot in the near future. Listen in if you get a chance. We should be talking at about 11:30 am

National Botanic Garden of Wales

Paul Smith of the National Botanic Garden of Wales has made contact to find out how the Garden and Men’s Sheds could work together.

Men’s Sheds have the opportunity to hold events at the Garden take up education, science or find out how to cultivate.

If you have any ideas to promote contact Men’s Sheds or paul.smith@gardenofwales.org.uk



The Den, Cardiff easing isolation & loneliness in Wales

The BBC featured the The Den Men’s Shed in Cardiff as an example of a “shed” setting out to tackle the problem of loneliness and isolation in their community.

Good article except that we have 30 Men’s Sheds in Wales, not 20. The Men’s Shed movement in Wales has grown rapidly and even on our first day back in the office we have learnt of two more groups about to open their doors.

The BBC article can be found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-38269693?ns_mchannel=social&ns_campaign=bbc_wales_news&ns_source=twitter&ns_linkname=Wales 

Mike Wright, one of the co-founders of The Den in Rhiwbina