A group set up to give men in Turriff somewhere to socialise and potter is relocating.
The Men’s Shed currently meets in the town hall, but is searching for a permanent base elsewhere. In the meantime, the group is moving to empty, bigger accommodation at Rosehall next month.
The Men’s Shed scheme was originally inspired by an Australian project and aims to offer a community space for men to tinker, repair, build, design and socialise with others.
There are already a dozen of gorups across the north-east, with the Westhill branch the first in Scotland.
The steering group behind the Turriff branch was formed in September last year and has been hunting for a permanent home.
Ian Murray, chairman of the Turriff Shed, said: “Although we have been based at the Turriff Town House for the past few months, space there has been very limited and this move to Rosehall will give us a lot more freedom to carry out projects and also take on larger ones, and we hope to be able to set up our band saws and lathe which are currently in store.”
The new premises have enough space for the team to have three workbenches in operation at once, opening up more space for new members.
Mr Murray said: “Initially we will continue to meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but this may alter if the shedders require more time.”
He added that the group would like to thank the Turriff Town House committee and Rose Logan “in particular” for allowing the shed group to use rooms in the building.
It is understood the group will continue to look for a permanent home but that Rosehall offers “breathing space” as the search goes on. The group’s move takes place on November 1.