A group of Romsey men from the local Men’s Shed group have created a play shop for Abbottswood Day Nursery.

Men’s Sheds are community spaces for men to connect, converse and create. They are designed to help reduce loneliness and isolation, but most importantly, they’re fun. They carry out DIY activities similar to those that you would normally perform in your garden shed, but specifically in groups.

In this case, the creation of a play shop for Abbottswood Nursery took around three months to complete, and the men who built it visited the nursery to see it in action.

Malcolm Kail, who is part of the Romsey Men’s Shed group, said to the Romsey Advertiser: “The children and the staff looked really happy with it.

“It’s lovely as the children can use it for outdoor play and education.

“We love doing practical projects that help the community.”

The men from the Men’s Shed group help out around the community and are currently building beds for Romsey carnival as well as making a mud kitchen for the Romsey show.

“There are plenty of requests at the moment which is quite exciting; the guys like a challenge,” added Mr Kail.

Director of the nursery, Lou Simmonds, said to the Romsey Advertiser that she is “really pleased” and that “the children love it, and we have had great comments from parents, which is brilliant.

“We have put money in the shop, the children are counting the vegetables and learning how to queue, which is all part of our British Values.”

Lou said she would “love” the men’s shed to make more things for the nursery in the future as the nursery’s garden is “full of space to fill.”

Story by: Romsey Advertiser


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