MEN talking about their problems to each other is not something that comes naturally to most, but thanks to the Men’s Shed organisation they can tackle their issues while taking on community projects together.

The Men’s Shed in Glanaman Community hall, just off Station Road, is a place for men who have retired or cannot work due to ill health to get together to pursue practical interests with a degree of autonomy.

People can work on projects of their own choosing, at their own pace.

Spokesman for Amman Valley Men’s Shed Simon Blake said the group grew from the BBC show Operation: Meet The Street, where presenters Alex Jones and James Martin featured the Men’s Shed movement.

“We meet up to chat, create, fix and grow things, also forging friendships and providing support for one another,” said Simon.

“We get together every Tuesday at around 10am and sometimes on a Wednesday as well, when projects demand a bit more time to complete.”

The group is currently working on a number of projects in the area, including making boar statues – the new Amman Valley branding logo – to be placed around the villages.

“We are also restoring benches for Amman Valley Community Hospital and planting flowers and general garden maintenance in the area for Cwmaman town council,” added Simon.

The group have access to a number of wood lathes and hopes to join forces with a wood-turning society in the near future.

For further information on the upcoming projects at Amman Valley Men’s Shed, or if you would like to join the ever expanding group you can contact either Eirwyn Abel on: 07815 627026 or: 01269 822318, Lee Harrison on: 07716 948949 or Simon Blake on: 07709582531.