Last month the KMS was grateful to receive the Coop Community Fund award, Committee member Debbie Reed was presented with a cheque for £2,078.60. This money is raised by Co-op members for the Kelso Men’s  Shed when purchasing Co-op products. The Shed would like to thank all who have supported us in this way over the last 12 months

In other news we spoke with Carol Cook, from the Stickmakers Club. Carol has won awards this year in the Novice categories for showing her sticks in shows affiliated with the Scottish Crookmakers Association and the British Stickmakers Guild.

How did you get into Stickmaking? “I do a bit of shepherding so use a crook, also I like to be creative, so I joined initially to make one, that was back in 2019. The guys at the Club, particularly Charlie and Iain, guided me in the making stages and encouraged me to start showing so I began to take part in local shows in 2019.  I didn’t show because of Lockdown until 2022.

I did well in Scotland, winning 1st and 2nd at the Border Union Novice category, and have been placed in many shows including Ayr and the Royal Highland show. This qualified me for the Yetholm Shepherd Show, the last of the year, where I got Scottish Champion of Champions in the Novice category. I was also Novice runner up in the British Stickmakers Guild world championship south of the Border.”

‘Without doubt, I am indebted to the guys in the Club, who give their time for free, helping us all out and hope some of the other novices will follow suit down the showing route. I would also like to see some younger people develop an interest in stickmaking. I also appreciate the Men’s Shed for the use of the space, facilities and equipment, as well as allowing women to join too.”

Kelso Life November 2022