JUSTIN Madders says it's "a pleasure and honour" to have been made the patron of an Ellesmere Port charity for adult men.

The Ellesmere Port and Neston MP has praised the work of The Port Men In Sheds which has so far attracted around 60 members – many of them retired.

The group get together during the week to pursue their many leisure interests and Mr Madders recently paid them a visit at their base on Rosscliffe Road.

Members take part in a range of activities, whether it be honing their woodworking and music skills – including ukulele and banjo playing – or taking advantage of the small gym which is regularly used by a 96-year-old fitness fan.

The organisation achieved charitable status back in September last year but because of the pandemic it took 12 months before activities were properly up and running.

Mr Madders said: "I am a great fan of the concept of men with skills, or who would like to develop their interests, getting together, so it is a pleasure and honour to accept the invitation to become patron of The Port Men In Sheds.

"There are some seriously talented individuals involved. Equally there are those who might feel socially isolated and just want to meet up for a cup of tea or coffee.

"There is an inclusive atmosphere and anyone over the age of 18 is welcome."

The organisation used to be formerly linked to Age UK Cheshire, but Hooton resident Mike Doherty, chairman of the board of trustees, and colleagues are now on the lookout for more affordable premises.

At the moment they need £22,000 a year to keep going and rely on grants and donations to add to the affordable daily fees that users of the facility pay.

On average, about 20-30 members of The Port Men In Sheds meet up on week days.

  • Anyone interested in joining them is asked to contact 07878 174312.