Men in Sheds is setting up a new branch at Kingswood Heritage Museum, and is looking to welcome new members.

The group aims to provide an exciting opportunity for men (and women) to work in wood and other materials on their own projects, using the workshop and tools belonging to the Museum. Members can also create and repair mechanical items in the workshop.

The concept was initiated in the UK by the charity AgeUK, but is now an independently run organisation. It has some 250 branches in the UK, with 90 new groups in the process of forming. There are two established branches in the Bristol area.

Mervyn Bishop, one the new group’s organisers , said: “What we seek to do is to provide a safe and friendly atmosphere where people can work – on their own or with others – on projects of their own choosing and at their own pace.”

The group is meeting at Kingswood Heritage Museum on Thursday mornings from 3 March, starting at 9.30 am. Other sessions will be added as more members join.

Mervyn adds: “For more information, contact me via [email protected], or leave a message for me at the Museum (phone 0117 960 5664) – or just come along. You’ll be very welcome!”

Kingswood Heritage Museum is located in the former Champion Brass Works, at Tower Lane, Warmley, BS30 8XT, just off Avon Ring Road (Cadbury Heath exit). Buses 17A, 42, 43 and 319 stop nearby.