A north-east men’s shed which has been four years in the making will officially open its doors this month.
The Portlethen and District Men’s Shed, on the town’s Cookston Road, will officially open its doors on May 28.
The group came together in 2014, after community councillor Roy MacKay’s wife suggested a shed for the area would be a good idea.
Based in refurbished former public toilets, the group acquired its premises through a community asset transfer. Secretary George Pringle joined the charity at the end of 2014.
He said: “I’m relieved. It took a while to get here.
“It’s been a hard slog, we had a lot of unexpected things happening, but we are getting there.”
When the shed opens, it will be mainly social activity-based to begin with, while training for workshops takes place.
George added: “We are just putting the finishing touches on at the moment.
“We have had a lot of interest. We will have training workshops on the machines, and we have a chap who is a woodturner, he will be able to give demonstrations.”
With a range of machines in the shed, it’s hoped the group will be able to pass their expertise on and get involved with crafting.
The shed will officially open at 11am in a fortnight’s time, but will then be open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am until 1pm, with all members welcome to use the facilities.
There are also plans to open in the afternoons, evenings and at the weekend if there is demand and enough supervising volunteers can be found.
Councillor Alison Evison, who represents the area, said: “It takes a community to come together to drive a project forward, particularly when it hits hurdles along the way.
“And it takes some great leaders. It might have seemed like an endless task at times, but to get the shed from start to opening in less than five years is in reality a remarkable achievement.”