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About us.

Alton Men’s Shed is a registered charity that aims to improve the well being and mental health of older men and women. Based in Anstey Park, a much larger workshop has at last been secured in the old St John’s Ambulance station, Edgar Hall.  This new building will ensure that our work with mainly older men can continue, and the membership can expand. Alton’s rapidly growing community of retirees finally has a Shed it deserves.

As men generally don’t make a fuss about their problems, these problems are often ignored or swept under the carpet.  The Men’s Shed concept aims to address these issues for older men.  Twenty years ago, men retired and very quickly expired, but that isn’t so true today, although boredom, depression, loneliness, or bereavement can still impact the retirement years.  It’s time to try and change this by a community initiative that can improve the physical, and psychological well-being of the whole person, allowing retirement to be a joy, with the benefit of helping others. A major boost to mental health with a sense of belonging and involvement. Social events are frequent and some members come just for a chat and a cuppa whilst others enjoy the challenge of trying new skills.

The idea of a Men’s Shed, is something that is a catalyst to get retired men of all backgrounds, no exclusions, involved in their own well-being as well as feeling they can still be a participant in the community, whilst forming new friendships and camaraderie together.

If you are interested in learning more about the Men's Shed movement, you can either contact us on our email:, or Google UK Men's Shed Association for a wider appreciation