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 now has its own premises, courtesy of Historic Environment Scotland at Stanley Mill.

As it is important that people can use our machines and tools safely, we are getting our members up to speed

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.

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

What do we do?

We give men opportunities to socialise with each other and get involved in practical pursuits such as woodworking and metalworking and developing computer skills. Members can make items for themselves or We have recently acquired some PCs and printers, including a 3D printer which we give members basic and more advanced skills in computing.

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.

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. If you want to meet us and see our goods please come along between 9.00am and 1.00pm on the first Saturday of the month.

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.

Men using the computer room.

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 or by phone on 01738 828606.