The Orkney Men's Shed      

Registered Charity SC 046611




It was last updated on April 15th 2018


Shed opening times


Tuesday 10.30am to 4pm

Thursday 2.00pm to 8.30pm


Contact Andy 850218
for further details



Remember - it's YOUR shed - please do your bit!

We have to find £55 each week for rent alone


St Colms Meetings

Monday April 16th 2018

at 7pm

Come along to hear about the latest developments and bring along your latest project if you have one (or pictures of it) for discussion over a cuppa with like minded folk


Important Notice:

Please fill in this questionnaire to indicate the sort of things you would like to do in the shed and also to give us an idea of any skills you might bring to the shed - but don't worry if you feel you have little to offer - your presence is just as important!





We now have Charitable Status conforming to SCIO regulations



The Men's shed movement started in Australia and was taken up in Scotland in about 2012, the first being in Westhill, Aberdeen.


What is a Men's Shed?

    It's just a larger version of the typical man’s shed in the garden – a place where he feels at home and pursues practical interests with a high degree of autonomy. A Men's Shed offers this to a group of such men where members share the tools and resources they need to work on projects of their own choosing at their own pace and in a safe, friendly and inclusive venue. They are places of skill-sharing and informal learning, of individual pursuits and community projects, of purpose, achievement and social interaction. A place of leisure where men come together to work.

The activities in the Shed usually involve making or mending in wood (e.g. carpentry, joinery, turning, carving, marquetry, furniture renovation) but may also include metalworking (turning, milling, sheet metalwork, welding) bike repair, gardening, electronics, tool renovation, boat renovation, model engineering (model railways, aeroplanes) and even building a car!  

Using computers and photography often feature in the activities. Reclamation, reuse and restoration usually feature strongly – and some say that is true of the men too! Although Sheds mostly attract older men, some have included men of any age, women and young people. Whichever activities are pursued the essence of a Shed is not really the building, but the network of relationships which develop between the members. Health benefits, both physical and mental are frequently mentioned by members of other sheds.

We are well aware of the immense practical talent here in Orkney and perhaps some of you might like to be a part of this exciting and worthwhile new venture. Even if you feel that you don't have anything practical to offer, you might just want to meet up with fellow enthusiasts for a chat and the usual banter when like minded folk are gathered together. Rest assured, there will be a working kettle and a tin of biscuits 'aboot hands'

Some might be only too pleased to pass on skills learned in a lifetime of work or just be there to lift the other end of a long piece of 6 by 2 and perhaps learn new skills in the process.

The Westhill folk have gradually developed an income stream by refurbishing unwanted donated tools ready for sale and undertaking small projects for the community which would not be commercially viable. This ensures that they can purchase more equipment for use in the shed and that they don't tread on anyone's toes who is trying to make a living.  This too will be our intention.


A few suggestions for activities which might be undertaken at the Shed:
Clock repair.   Video transfer and editing.  Marquetry.
Photography.   Cookery.   Model making
Boat repair.   Vehicle restoration.   Fitness activities
Board games.   Jigsaws.    Darts
Snooker/Pool.   Chess/draughts     Straw work
Carpentry.   Sheet metalwork.   Engraving
Ships in bottles.   Pyrography.   Lino cut printing
Musical instrument making and repair.   Pottery.   Etching
3D printing.   Computing.   Rug making
Sketching/drawing/painting.   Birdwatching.   Fly tying
Amateur Radio.   Weather recording.  Gardening.  Electronics.   Model railways
Stamp/coin collecting.  Furniture restoration.  Astronomy
Remember, this is not an exhaustive list - if you have something you would like to try then it is just as valid as any of the others in the list.  Activities in the Shed are decided by the members themselves, within the bounds of decency and common sense.



How much does it cost to Join?

There will be no charge to join the Shed and no fees for attending but an application will have to be made and considered by the Committee.


BBC Radio Orkney broadcast a feature on their Bruck program recently, it can be found on the Sound Cloud and starts at about 11 mins 30 secs into the program but you might be interested in other parts too.



Our podcast is now live!

Morgan has now done a Podcast which is now available on the Orkney Podcasts site at under 'New retreat place for men in Orkney'



If you feel that you need more information and it sounds like something you would like to be a part of, please contact one of us:


Morgan Harcus: morharcus 'at' btinternet 'dot' com

Andrew Swain:  andrewj 'dot' swain 'at' phonecoop 'dot' coop

Ross Groundwater: ross 'dot' groundwater 'at' orkney 'dot' gov 'dot' uk

David Harvey: deharvey100 'at' gmail 'dot' com

Stewart Hutchison: stewhutch 'at' gmail 'dot' com

Alan Johnston: thorsgeo 'at' gmail 'dot' com



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Important health warning:

If you become a member of the Shed you run the very real risk of becoming more interested in life and your surroundings, more healthy both physically and mentally and will almost certainly miss many televised repeats of Strictly come Baking on Ice - you have been warned!


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