Details have been finalised for the grand opening of the brand-new Men's Shed in Weymouth.

The Shed will be declared open at 10am on Wednesday, May 1 at its new venue in the Connect Centre on Grosvenor Road.

The former Mayor of Weymouth and Portland, Gill Taylor, will be in attendance to cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony.

She said: "I think it's absolutely brilliant for the town. This is about tackling loneliness and doing things together.

"For women it's easier than it for men I think so there is a real need for something like this.

"I know there's an awful lot of men who live alone in the area and now there's somewhere they can meet up and socialise. I encourage everyone to go along."

Men’s Sheds are similar to garden sheds – a place to pursue practical interests at leisure, to practice skills and enjoy making and mending things.

The difference is that garden sheds and their activities are often solitary in nature while Men’s Sheds are the opposite. They’re about social connections, friendship building and sharing skills and knowledge.

The Weymouth branch has been organised and set up by Gaynam Lock, who discovered the Gosport Men's Shed after struggling to stay busy during retirement.

He said: "I went down there just about every morning, to meet the other guys, to talk about their projects and to get involved.

"When I left them in October 2018 we had 153 members, had a twenty strong choir, a large garden and enjoyed excursions widely in England and even in Europe. We even had a small rowing section.

"Coming to Weymouth, I noticed it did not have its own Men's Shed. Dorchester has one tucked away in Kingston Maurward Agricultural College but Portland's looks a lot more progressive. They have even offered Weymouth Shed space at their workshop.

"What makes a Men's Shed comfortable is that nobody tells us what to do. We are democratic and we have to have some safety rules, but we make them ourselves and everyone can say their piece.

"We need to build a workbench hopefully running the length of the premises. Initially we can only use small tools but each Shed builds its own identity from the individuals that arrive."

"We are certainly not out of the woods . The premises has no electrical power outlets for tools and we have no third party insurance policy at present, so there is much to do. I need seed funding from somewhere."