A ROMSEY men's group is back in action after lockdown eased on May 17.

Romsey Men's Shed (RMS), based at The Romsey School in Greatbridge Road, returned on Saturday, May 29.

As part of the group, older men can meet, socialise and work on practical projects that benefit the community.

The aim of the group is to extend the life of things that might be thrown away and so far RMS claims to have repaired around 100 items - four out of five of those brought in.

One of the most unusual items brought in to the RMS before lockdown was a model of Betty Boop – a famous cartoon character from the 1930’s Jazz Age.

The model had part of her head missing, there was no tray in sight and was in need of a fresh coat of paint.

RMS took on the challenge and "and was pleased to return a good-as-new Betty to her happy owner", a spokesperson from the group said.

The group is also restarting some outside activities and community projects – such as play equipment for local pre-schools, mud kitchens and raise flower beds.

Members of RMS have also been fundraising for the Mountbatten Hampshire by making craft items such as crates, bird boxes and Easter bunnies from recycled materials.

These sold for nearly £1,000 at their Romsey shop in a few short weeks, according to the spokesperson.

To get in touch with RMS email romseymensshed@gmail.com or visit the group's Facebook page.