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 recently had our grand opening, when we officially moved in, and we are getting into the way of using our new premises. Initially we had to concentrate on arranging the Shed to our liking and we are now starting to make things. As it is important that people can use our machines and tools safely, we are trying to get our members up to speed

Mike Collins, of Metalcraft, is going to be in the Shed between 10.00am and 1.00pm on Tuesday, 4th December and would like everybody who is interested to come along and get up to speed with the metal-working tools in our metal workshop. Men from other Perth and Kinross sheds will also be there

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.


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

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.

Some of those present at the opening, standing in the wood workshop.

Men's Shedders, with Pauline Megson from Historic Environment Scotland, standing outside shed afterwards.

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. Please come along!

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