Men in one part of Fife have been issued with a rallying cry — Your Shed Needs You!
Kennoway community stalwart Bob McPhail has organised a meeting to gauge the reaction to starting up a local version of what is now a global phenomenon.
Bob, 54, said: “In my opinion a Men’s Shed could work in Kennoway.”
A Men’s Shed is a large version of the typical hideaway many men have at the bottom of the garden.
A homely place to pursue practical interests where pottering about is the order of the day.
A Men’s Shed sees a group of people share resources, skills and a chat.
“There are elderly people, or people who may be unemployed, or many people who cannot work, or who are disabled,” Bob said.
“They can meet once or twice a week and do something with their hands — have they got a hidden skill or just a hobby?
“Can they turn their hand at cooking, joinery, painting, model airplane or boat building, photography to name a few.
“This could be the place to come to, to get them off their chairs, just have a wee chat and set the world to rights.
“Or to bring in a box of photos of Kennoway and start talking about memories in a wee friendly environment.
“The guid auld days In a nutshell.”
Although sheds mostly attract older men, it is inclusive of younger generations.
And despite the name, Kennoway’s shed would also open its door to women.
“It is about people feeling part of something,” Bob added.
Bob, who is involved in fitness and football, said it would be up to those joining in as to the activities on offer.
“If they want a wee walk around Kennoway, then we’ll go for a wee walk around Kennoway,” he continued.
“If they want to try walking football, then we will.
“It is an alternative to just sitting in the house and watching the TV all day.
“Come down and be active,” he implored.
Bob is hoping anyone interested in setting up a Men’s Shed will head to the meeting in the village’s Cotlands park changing facilities at 10am on Tuesday.