UP TO five people have expressed an interest in joining Trowbridge Men’s Shed following an open day on Tuesday.

Dennis Drewett, a former mayor of Trowbridge and the Shed's chairman, said the open day at Andil House in Court Street had been very successful.

"We had at least ten new people come along to learn more about the Men's Shed and we estimate that about five of those are keen and showed a lot of interest."

Trowbridge Men's Shed was established in 2016 as part of the development of the UK Men's Shed network.

There are now nearly 600 Men's Sheds open with a further 143 sheds in the development stage. They provide community spaces for men to connect, converse and create.

They generally interest men who are retired or semi-retired, with an age range from 50 upwards.

Trowbridge Men's Shed meets twice a week on Monday and Wednesday, from 9.30am to 12.30pm, but its four ground floor rooms at Andil House, a former old mill, are available seven days a week.

Mr Drewett said they have general carpentry and woodturning equipment available, as well as tools for members to repair bicycles and other items.

The Men's Shed provides a place designed to benefit men's health and wellbeing by reducing isolation, loneliness and in empowering them to help their local communities.

"We are always looking for new members – you can share your interests, build confidence to improve your skills, make new friends and learn from others.

"Most importantly, the Men's Shed is a place where men can relax and have a bit of fun."

"Anyone who wishes to join a new group or learn new practical skills should pop along to find out more," he said.