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Drumnadrochit men's shed group awarded £3000 by Glen Urquhart High School pupils


By Louise Glen


Glen Urquhart High School pupils James Playle, John Cameron, Alex Stewart and Jimmy Whitington hand over the cheque to the men's shed members.
Glen Urquhart High School pupils James Playle, John Cameron, Alex Stewart and Jimmy Whitington hand over the cheque to the men's shed members.

A men's shed group from Drumnadrochit was delighted to be given a cheque for £3000 after a school competition.

Glen Urquhart High School pupils gave the Glen Urquhart Men's Shed the money after they won the annual Youth Philanthropic Competition.

The competition asks groups of pupils from the school to research and pitch for a pot of money for various charitable organisations. This year the prize was £3000 and judges chose the men's shed group to take the top prize.

The winning team was made up of pupils Alex Stewart, John Cameron, James Playle and Jimmy Whitington.

They said: "Speaking in public to a panel of judges was nerve-racking but we really wanted to do well for the men’s shed.

"We are really pleased that we won because the men’s shed will be able to do so many good things with the money."

Glen Urquhart Men's Shed is a group of around 14 men who get together at least once a week to tackle social isolation through "doing DIY and repair jobs".

The group, which only formed last July, have already undertaken some repair jobs at Blairbegg and Glen Urquhart Village Hall. For its next project they plan to help to refurbish a well-used bridge that has fallen into disrepair.

Dominic Thierry, one of the founding members of the group, said: "Men’s Sheds are community spaces for men to talk, share ideas and create. The activities are often similar to those of garden sheds, but for groups of men to enjoy together. They help reduce loneliness and isolation, but most importantly they are fun.

Mr Thierry, a retired lecturer, says members come from all walks of life.

He said: "The idea for the group came from Bruce Nelson, who is a local handyman. The men who have joined all bring with them different skills. I am pretty proficient in battering nails into something with a hammer, some of the men are really skilled at what they are doing.

"But we also run talks for the men – this week we have one on men's physical health and later on in the year we are having one on men's mental health."



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