Hawick joins the Men’s Shed movement

Men's Shed members in the busy Commercial Road workshop.
Men's Shed members in the busy Commercial Road workshop.

If you are a gentleman of a certain age, have some practical skills as well as some spare time, perhaps the Men’s Shed in Commercial Road will appeal.

Recently established, its is becoming increasingly popular with retired townsmen and whether it’s joinery, restoration or creating and repairing furniture, it has something for everyone.

Set up with an Awards for All grant, the Shed now has 20 members and under the stewardship of Derick Tait, Wilson George and George Brown.

The Hawick News caught up with several members earlier this week.

Thomas Dagg, who was busy renovating and repairing a doll’s house and in between laying a lollypop stick parquet floor, said: “It’s good to be able to come along here and put my hands to good use.”

Also keeping himself busy was Ian Murdie, who was making chair legs on a wood-turning lathe, and Stuart Scott, who was upholstering a rocking horse made by Mr Brown.

Norman Elliot-Walker was busy cleaning up and restoring old tools which will eventually be offered for sale on E-bay to raise funds for the group.

Interested? Contact Derick Tait on 07908 137656