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Newtownabbey Men’s Shed – Built to Last!

12 May 2016

The Mayor, Councillor Thomas Hogg, officially opens the Newtownabbey Men’s Shed with Chairperson Mark McGranaghan.


Merville House was the venue today for the official opening of the Newtownabbey Men’s Shed by the Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Thomas Hogg.

The Men’s Shed programme began back in April 2015 with taster sessions, sponsored by North Belfast Partnership, including arts and crafts, wood turning and willow weaving.  Due to the popularity and demand for activities, grant applications were submitted to various organisations to ensure the long term success of the Men’s Shed.  These funding opportunities enabled the group to lease units in Merville House.  However, as the units were empty shells, volunteers worked tirelessly to make the units warm and welcoming for all participants. 

This hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed as the Men’s Shed Chairperson Mark McGranaghan commented: “The programme has been a life-saver for some of the men as I don’t know what they would have done without it.  It’s a great place for them to come to meet new people and it keeps them busy.”  The Mayor commented: “It is fantastic to see the hard work of everyone at the Men’s Shed come to life.  This facility is helping to promote the social inclusion, health and welfare of older men and I thank everyone involved for their hard work.” 

Newtownabbey Men’s Shed is inviting everyone to attend their community open day on Thursday 9 June from 10am until 1pm.  This is the perfect opportunity to see the fantastic facilities on offer.  For more information on the Newtownabbey Men’s Shed please contact Mark via email [email protected] or call 07721 711795.