Inverurie & District Men’s Shed (IDMS) was officially opened last week by MP for Gordon, Alex Salmond.
The IDMS is a community-led project aimed at providing a social space where local men can come together to exchange skills and knowledge, tackling isolation in the elderly community in the process.
The IDMS site on Harlaw Way includes a woodwork shop, metalwork shop and clean room.
There are also two combined porta-cabins to provide a social area, complete with kitchen and toilet facilities, located on the same grounds.
Unique to any other men’s shed in Aberdeenshire, are IDMS’s 70-foot-long polytunnel, which has already been in use for two growing seasons, producing various fruit and vegetables.
Almost all the work involved in preparing the polytunnel, workshop and social area has been done by the members themselves, using technical skills attained throughout their working lives.
Chairman of Trustees of Inverurie and District Men’s Shed, Archie Peebles, said: “It has been fantastic to see the entire community get behind this project.
“Everyone from the Marks & Spencer’s staff to pupils at Meldrum Academy have been raising funds which have enabled up to buy some excellent equipment.
“It was a pleasure to have Alex Salmond open our men’s shed which should go a long way to raising the profile of the Men’s Shed initiative throughout Aberdeenshire and beyond.”
Mr Salmond added: “In Scotland, much of our industrial past lives on through the practical knowledge of elderly men in our towns and cities.
“Many of them worked on ships, in engineering, or metal work.
“The shed gives them a place to keep that knowledge burning bright, even if it’s now employed in fixing a broken watch or woodwork.
“Networks of care, such as the Men’s Shed movement, are an important part of our vibrant, diverse and inclusive communities and all play a part in making the world a less lonely place for our elderly and vulnerable neighbours.
“Isolation can occur for many reasons, which is why places like Men’s Sheds must be supported.
“They are a place to remind people of the infinite benefits of good company.”