Local MP, Caroline Dinenage joined the Gosport Men's Shed to open the new, expanded facilities at their long term home within the grounds of St Vincent College on Friday.
The Gosport Shed was founded in 2013 to provide a meeting place for men who no longer work and miss the companionship and camaraderie of the workplace. Membership has flourished since, reaching over 160 members, with men from all backgrounds who together combine their skills to help the community.
The new expanded facilities allow specialised workshops, and extensive lounge and kitchen facilities.
During her visit, Caroline chatted to members of the Men's Shed and was given a tour of the new facilities and unveiled a plaque before being serenaded by their very own ukulele band and choir!
"I feel a closeness to this group - I was at their very first inaugural meeting where there were just 9 members and have maintained friendship as they have grown in numbers!
It’s a little known fact that loneliness costs the NHS more than smoking. The Gosport Shed gives men of retirement age a chance to get together for comradeship, the opportunity to learn new skills and take part in community projects."
You can find more information about the group here: http://www.thegosportshed.co.uk/.