REGIONAL AM Suzy Davies has just visited the first Men’s Shed in Wales – at Tondu Enterprise Park.

Mrs Davies, who is a Welsh Conservative Regional AM, was welcomed to the Squirrel’s Nest which has 25 signed-up members who come from a wide area.

The Men’s Shed movement is an organisation which is spreading through the country. It aims to give men somewhere to go and meet other men- although ladies are also welcome!

They used to meet at Ty Ardd in Bridgend but when this closed, moved to Tondu.

Suzy said: “I had a great welcome and was keen to see some of the activities that they carry out at their centre, which they run themselves. They make some beautiful wooden items, which they sell to raise funds, including some musical instruments which members actually played at an event called Pimp my Ukelele at St David’s Hall!

“The age range is quite large – from 40 to 80 – and they each pay £7 a week in subscriptions if they attend more than once otherwise it’s £3 a day. I would say that this represents great value for money.”

Mrs Davies said that it was important that men have somewhere to go to socialise.

She went on: “Women have always had organisations like the WI or Mothers Union where they can mix but many men can become isolated especially if they are living alone with no family close by. The Men’s Shed is a brilliant movement designed by men to make valuable use of their time and I am so pleased that it is spreading around Wales.”