SKILLED MEMBERS of Greenfield-based ‘Men in Sheds’ have been getting hands on to restore a Diggle bus stop to better than brand new.
The group was asked by Saddleworth Parish Councillor Lesley Brown to fix and rebuild parts of the bus stop which had been damaged and fallen into disrepair.
It took the group four half-day stints to complete the work, which included sourcing and fitting new roof tiles, making new wooden lats, and putting in a new watertight ceiling.
They also improved the seating at the stop which had been vandalised by building completely new metal fittings to hold a new bench.
And the group finished the bus stop by making an eye-catching wooden plaque for the roof.
Dave Freear, ‘Men in Sheds’ project coordinator for Age UK Oldham, said: “We made the plaque to be subtle but also clearly noticeable for people on buses and just walking by.
“It’s really great to put something back into the community. Everyone who spoke to us while we were doing the work was grateful as we made it so they could sit in comfort.”
Cllr Brown asked the group to repair the bus stop and make it useable again for members of the public.
She said: “It was in a very dangerous state with the roof collapsing. Several people use the stop, including people with walking difficulties, and I thought there could be a serious accident.
“I contacted Dave and they came to access what needed to be done. Men in Sheds are brilliant!
“Saddleworth Parish Council is going to fund the repairs and two Diggle residents donated the hanging baskets and a neighbour is watering them.
“If something is nice it tends not to be vandalised so let’s hope that kids that hanging out there don’t start bouncing on the roof again.”
Men in Sheds aims to tackle isolation and improve men’s physical and mental health, and their projects include restoration and building.
Men in Sheds runs on Thursdays and Fridays, from 9am-12noon or 1pm-4pm. Sessions cost £4 as the group but the group currently has a waiting list.
For more information about Men in Sheds, or for help with local projects, call Dave Freear on 0161 682 4747 or email: email@example.com