Stanley & District Men's Shed

... is a registered charity - SC047528.

After nearly 2 years of negotiation, and after many false starts, Stanley & District Men’s Shed has just moved into its own premises, courtesy of Historic Environment Scotland at Stanley Mill.

We had our grand opening on 6th October, when we officially moved in, and we are getting used to our new premises. As it is important that people can use our machines and tools safely, we are trying to get our members up to speed

We were able to host carol singers at Stanley Mill who were able to have refreshments in our Shed after entertaining the residents.

For those of you who know the Mill, our new shed is in "East Lodge", the last building on the left, backing on to the lade.

We are grateful to Stanley Development Trust for getting us started in the first instance.

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We are also grateful to NHS Tayside Community Innovation Fund for the considerable amount of help they have given us with our funding.


The Stanley Masons have recently given us a generous grant which we are using to help pay for our running expenses.

About this website

Our members have asked for information on who has looked at this web site. We only know when people look us up and what country they come from. Here are a few numbers for hits from mid-November to mid-December

  1. United Kingdom 46
  2. Germany 27
  3. California 18
  4. Netherlands 9
  5. Canada 8
  6. Illinois 6
  7. Philippines 6
  8. Texas 6
  9. Virginia 6

What do we do?

We give men opportunities to socialise with each other and get involved in practical pursuits such as woodworking, metalworking and developing computer skills. We have had interest expressed in railway modelling and expect to do more activities, from playing games like bridge and dominoes, to gardening, to 3d printing.

All men are welcome and, because we intend to have some evening and week end opening, all men should be able to use our facilities. As we have the premises largely to ourselves, there is no pressure to clear up partly completed work at the end of a session.

Check with Scottish Men's Shed Association or UK Men’s Sheds Association if you want to find out more.

The Official Opening of our Shed

We had agood turnout for our grand opening on 6th October, 2018.

Alex Cockburn, our chairman, kicked off and MSP John Swinney, who has helped us enormously to negotiate with Historic Environment Scotland, cut the tape.


More about us

Goods for Sale Some of our goods for sale. You can see here a couple of different planters, two diamond-shaped robin boxes, a swift box, two bird tables and a hedgehog box.


Woodworking Workshop The Woodworking Workshop. Note that we have already installed some machinery and benches. You can alse see our supplies of wood.


Men setting up the Metalworking Workshop.


Cutting chip board to size for use in bird tables.


Learning to use a wood-turning lathe.



Trying out the metal-turning lathe.


Get in touch with us

Presently we are meeting on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10.00am and 4.00pm. As our membership grows, we hope to increase this. In particular, we would like to start opening on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings. Please let us know which you would prefer and please come along!

You can also contact Alex Cockburn, our chair, by email on cobystanley@btinternet.com or by phone on 01738 828606.