Magna Vitae Trust for Culture and Leisure has handed over the keys to Louth’s Charles Street Pavilion to the town’s Men’s Shed project.
Men’s Shed members will use the Pavilion as a place to meet and take part in hobbies such as woodwork, allotment work, repairs, renovation and engineering.
The group currently has around 30 members aged between 19 and 75 who meet once a month.
Greg Gilbert from the group, said: “Men come to ‘Sheds’ for a range of reasons which in the main are to socialise, to learn new skills, to teach or share skills with others, to build, repair or maintain things - for themselves, for the Shed, or for the community.
“Men feel strongly that the important benefits provided by a shed are socialisation, friendship, camaraderie, to relieve boredom, to improve their emotional health and well-being, to learn new skills and to provide a space for men to be men.”
As part of the agreement the club will install security fencing, roller shutter door and lighting, upgrade toilet facilities and enclose the seating area at the front of the building with a half brick/block wall and windows to create a doorway between the seating area and café section.
Men come to ‘Sheds’ for a range of reasons which in the main are to socialise, to learn new skills, to teach or share skills with others, to build, repair or maintain things - for themselves, for the Shed, or for the community.Greg Gilbert
Magna Vitae’s Chairman, Ian Emmerson, OBE, said: “Louth Men’s Shed is a very worthwhile project for men in this area.
“I am pleased to be able to announce the handover of the Pavilion keys to the group which will hopefully find it a fitting place to meet and share skills and hobbies.”
Since January 1 this year, Magna Vitae has leased the building from East Lindsey District Council.
District Council Portfolio Holder with responsibility for Leisure, Councillor Adam Grist, said: “As landlords of the Pavilion, East Lindsey District Council is very supportive of this project.
“We wish Louth Men’s Shed every success.”
For more information on the Men’s Shed project contact Greg Gilbert on 01507 610752 or 07517 354583.