A NEW men’s shed for retired people is set to open in the coming weeks in Nursling.

The shed is set to open at the St Boniface Church Rooms in Church Lane in the second week of June under an agreement with the Parochial Church Council, .

The church rooms have previously been used by the Southampton Operatic Society.

Graham Gowman who is an ambassador the the UK Men’s Shed Association is spearheading the opening of the new men’s shed facility.

He has previously helped to open the Romsey, Woking, Shirley and many other men’s sheds in and around Hampshire.

Graham said the Church Rooms are the “perfect location” and that the men’s shed “will bring some life back into the hall.”

When asked about why men’s shed’s are important community groups Graham said: “It is all about men’s well being after they have retired.

“After retirement you can find yourself at a loose end and men can get the blues.

“Doing a project for the community can give people a real buzz.

“There is also no pressure and there is something for everyone to get involved with.”

There will be a public meeting at the Village Hall in Nursling Street, from 4pm-6pm on June 7, where future plans and opportunities will be presented, and interested, prospective members will be welcomed.

Graham said: “It is a phenomenon how popular men’s sheds have become.

“It is such a useful tool for so many people.”

Graham described the new shed that is set to open as a “beautiful, worthwhile and beneficial project for the whole community.”