OVER the past few years the socially inclusive Men's Sheds have been popping up all over the country.

And finally the doors have opened in Peebles for the scheme which reduces isolation and loneliness as well as creating a fun environment.

Last Wednesday the newly-formed Peebles & District Men's Shed held its first working meeting in Peebles Community Hall.

A healthy turn out of new members agreed a formal constitution for the group and a working committee was elected to progress development.

Tony Butcher from Peebles & District Men's Sheds told us: "Members present at the meeting were invited to give an indication of the type of activities they would like to pursue on a regular basis in the Shed.

"The requirement for permanent premises was discussed in order that we can provide the facilities for these activities."

Although the majority of Men's Sheds members across the UK are retired men, the organisation is open to anyone over 18 - including women.

Regular meetings, often weekly or monthly, allow members to carry out activities and hobbies together while also enjoying a cup of tea and a chat.

Health and welfare experts believe attendance at Men's Sheds are beneficial for both physical and mental health.

The next meeting of the Peebles & District Men's Shed will be on Wednesday, January 10 in the Community Hall.

And initial plans are for regular meetings to take place on the first Wednesday of each month at the same time.

Tony added:"The Men's Shed provides an ideal environment for members to socialise whilst carrying out an activity of interest to them.

"Anyone interested in joining us is very welcome to come along."