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HUT FOR HOMBRES: Barry and Peter are setting up Spain’s first Men’s Shed.

AS part of our series Euro Weekly News reporter Gemma Quinn has been out and about to see what skills, talent and inspirational people can be found on the Costa Blanca. This week she met up with two guys who want to start a ‘Men’s Shed’…


THERE are plenty of activities for women to engage in and socialise with, but for men? Not so many. Which is why the creation of what is believed to be Spain’s first ever Men’s Shed on the Costa Blanca is an exciting prospect.

Barry Wallis and Peter Horsfield from La Marina are spearheading the campaign, which is now all ready and waiting to go. But what exactly is a Men’s Shed?

Originating in Australia in the 1990s, the idea is that it is a place where retired or unemployed men with time on their hands can go and have some company, and take part in discussions and activities.

Barry said the idea here was to create a place where men could come and share their wide variety of skills with others and partake in projects that would ultimately benefit the local community. “Members would be offered use of a plot of land on which they could grow their own vegetables and some plots could be used to grow vegetables for the needy,” he explained. “Other projects such as repairing bicycles, woodwork and mending furniture could also take place, the options and possibilities really are endless.”

It will be a non-profit organisation and open to all nationalities. For more information call Barry on 600 398 457.

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