Men’s Sheds

In 2016, Ottery Help Scheme worked in partnership with the Royal Voluntary Service and Men’s Sheds UK to help to create a Men’s Shed in Ottery St Mary.

If you have never heard of a Men’s Shed, the idea initially started in Australia and the aim is to bring together like-minded men in the community, often over 50 years of age (but not necessarily limited to that age group or gender).

The Shed members can work together or independently on any number of projects or individual craft activities which may range from woodwork or metal work through to bike repairs, clothes making or anything else which may appeal.

The Shed can develop and grow depending upon the wishes of its members and essentially it is a great space where like-minded men (and women) can go to socialise and meet others with similar interests.

The Ottery Men’s Shed is situated in the grounds of The Station (next to the Help Scheme office) after a portakabin was donated from Devon County Council to Ottery Town Council, for the use of the Men’s Shed Group.

If you are interested in joining the group or talking to one of the Committee members, you can email: or make contact by telephone as per the details below.
The Men’s Shed group is now open every Tuesday and Thursday from 10am – 4pm at The Station in Ottery. Please do go along if you would like to find out more or have a chat with one of the Committee members.

  • Chairman: John Payne – 01404 813507
  • Treasurer: Tony Pugh – 07968 801595
  • Secretary: Michael Hemming – 01404 815065


Additional Details

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  • Contact name(s):John Payne; Tony Pugh; Mike Hemming