A Dorchester workshop has moved to a new location.

The Dorchester Men's Shed is now located at Kingston Maurward after lack of funding meant members had to relocate from an outbuilding on the Whitfield site, leased by Future Roots from the NHS.

Future Roots, which also ran the Country Men’s Club and provided outdoor activities for young people with disabilities or who were struggling with school or life at home, was trying to purchase the site from the NHS.

A price of £175,000 but unfortunately enough funds could not be raised.

Luckily the Dorchester Men's Shed managed to find a new location and officially opened at Kingston Maurward earlier this month.

Graeme Trinder, the founder of the not-for-profit communal workshop, said: "It's been a bit of a stressful time but we're here and up and running. We've had to build benches for all our equipment and we still have a few more to put up but it is a great spot.

"We're currently working on a large order of finger posts to complete and we are about to start 150 bird boxes for Silver Lakes sister site in Wiltshire. They have to be made by February but they shouldn't take too long.

"We now have 27 members at our shed, a few people came to join on the day we opened at Kingston Maurward. It is always great to see new members."

Graeme added: "It was Dorchester town clerk, Adrian Stuart, who suggested we talk to Kingston Maurward and they had a space available for us.

"All our members would like to express their most sincere thanks to the principal, trustees and staff of Kingston Maurward for making this move possible and offering this space. It's a great location and I think we will do very well here."

For further information about Dorchester Men's Shed and about becoming a member contact Graeme Trinder at secretary@dorchestermensshed.org.uk or phone 01305 267722.