Kelso Men’s Shed was officially opened in May 2019. However it all started when two nurses, Vivian Watson and Gillian Jackson , held a meeting in August 2016 in Kelso Town hall to see if there was any interest in forming a Men’s Shed. From this meeting, a Steering Group of Bob Stather, John Bassett and Alastair Summerhill was formed. These three searched for, and eventually found, premises. It took 21 months of negotiations to finally obtain a lease in December 2018.

Then the hard work really started: the Treasurer raised grants in excess of £50,000 to enable the internal walls to be erected, power run throughout the building, extra lighting (low cost LED’S) to be installed, a disabled toilet to be provided and machinery and tooling to be bought.

We now have a large recreation area where coffee and tea drinking is the order of the day along with stimulating conversation. We have a flourishing wood working and metal working area, a very busy and successful “Stick Makers” group who meet on a Tuesday evening and space for 17 artists which is used on a regular basis. We have a large model making area which caters for boatbuilding, model railways and model aircraft building, There is also an area that caters for upholstery work, and there is a finishing area to paint completed woodwork etc. items.

We have a potter’s wheel which is being used and are waiting to connect up a kiln.

Membership is FREE, just fill in an application form and start enjoying yourself. All we ask is a £1 donation on each visit to cover running costs and to enable the Tea & Coffee to be provided.

Applications forms are available from the Shed. We would be happy to show you around: just drop in, or send us an email: kelsomensshed@gmail.com. Membership is open to both men and women over 18 years of age. We have over 200 members, of which a third are women.