Deputy Downham Mayor Jenny Groom and her dog Bess in the new Men’s Shed with Keith Whitlock Picture: Paul Tibbs

Downham Market Men’s Shed opened its doors to showcase a variety of activities to the public.

The open event saw a mixture of ages visit the mobile building next to the Eternity Church at Sovereign Way on Monday.

The project first opened in the town last March and was based in the town library.

Rose Waterman, development worker for the western locality with Norfolk County Council’s adult social services, said: “We certainly had lots of people. It was a really good turnout, a mixture of men and women.

“Some people had never heard of the Men’s Shed before and others who hadn’t been for a while came back.”

The mobile building used by the shedders has been donated and Mrs Waterman said the project had planning permission for a bigger workshop, which she said was “really exciting”.

“We have also had a classroom donated and this is due to arrive in the next few weeks,” Mrs Waterman added.

The shedders meet on Mondays from 10am to noon and during the summer, they have an extra get together on Wednesdays from 6.30pm.

Mrs Waterman said the church had been supportive of the project and allowed members to use some of its facilities.

She said the current membership was a mixture of ages, backgrounds, skills and hobbies, while some members liked to go along just to socialise.

Details about the Men’s Shed can be found on the Facebook page or call 07450 655538 to find out more.