Welcome to Dalbeattie Men's Shed

A Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation
Welcome to Dalbeattie Men's Shed

Dalbeattie Men’s Shed (DMS) is a free to attend place where men can spend time tinkering, repairing and making things while socialising with others who have similar interests. A larger version of the typical man’s shed in the garden – a place for men to feel at home and pursue practical interests with a high degree of autonomy.

The Shed is open Monday and Thursday morning for men to work at their own pace in a safe, friendly and inclusive venue. DMS exists to provide facilities where men from Dalbeattie and surrounding area can meet to socialise, and work with tools and equipment in a workshop environment.

The shed will be available to all men in the Dalbeattie area, but is targeted at those who live alone, are lonely, are disconnected from society, or have handicraft aspirations but lack the necessary inspiration, tools and equipment. Retirees and Carers needing constructive respite are prime candidates.

Activities undertaken by the shedders support the wider community such as other charitable bodies, social prescribing and disadvantaged persons in the Dalbeattie area, by taking on DIY activities chosen to meet the skills and needs of the members (for example refurbishing the Christmas Lanterns).

Both the meeting and workshop areas of the shed will improve the health and wellbeing of shedders by providing a social focus and a friendly working environment where they can participate in activities of interest to them, and increase their social circle and craft skills.

Bike enquiries

Dalbeattie Men's Shed funds it's activities by refurbishing used bikes for resale at very competitive prices. If you are interested in buying a bike or donating your old bike then please complete our Bike enquiry form.

Visiting Us

Dalbeattie Men's Shed complies with Scottish government regulations with regard to Coronavirus.

We follow the use of face coverings, safe distancing and hand hygiene recommendations and request that you do the same.

Isolation Updates

Pinar Horn
Submitted by Rolf Buwert
While the Shed is closed I have had to alter the way I have been spending my time (as we all have) and my Beginners Woodturning Class at Castle... more
Bernard Lazenbury from Wigan
Submitted by Michael Sandes
Working From Home! Bernie is from Wigan and attends our shed when he is in Dumfries and Galloway at his static caravan. Unfortunately due to the... more
Submitted by admin
Albert's Lock-down Project "Yes! It's a train set -- sort of. Unlike many railway modellers, I'm not interested in building tiny houses, or... more
Submitted by Rolf Buwert
When you get older, and bits of you don't move the way they should, our doctor sometimes suggests various therapies. Mine said Pilates would help my... more

The Skeoch project

The Dalbeattie Men's Shed signature project. Our aim is to build an exact replica of a cycle car originally built in Dalbeattie in 1920.
A New Dawn
When a devastating fire ripped through Burnside Motor Works in Dalbeattie on 23rd December 1921 it turned a young car designer's cherished dream into a financial... more
February 2018 - Setting the scene
Several exchanges by phone and email by the various parties interested in recreating the Skeoch Cycle Car culminated in a meeting that took place at Edingham on Thursday... more
March 2018 – Scoping the rebuild
It becomes apparent that the items left to kick-off the Skeoch project are less complete than anticipated. The nine copy drawings do not completely describe the car,... more
On 7 th March Geoff Allison & Alan Mazza travelled to the home of Archie & Betty Sinclair (the daughter & son-in-law of James Skeoch) in Helensburgh where... more

Our activities

Your opportunity to brush up or learn new skills whilst doing something for yourself, The Shed, the community or yourself.
Woodworking Woodworking is our primary activity in our very well equipped woodworking shop. We have a number of trade-rated machines including a 12" saw table, a planer/thicknesser, a router table, two band saws... Read more
Metalworking With the aid of a grant, The Shed managed to purchase tools to punch, shear, bend, roll and rivet together strip and bar and to make decorative scrolls and twists. This equipment makes it easy to... Read more
Picture framing
Picture framing We have a very busy picture framing studio. We are very competitively priced and proceeds are used to fund Shed activities. We buy mountboard, and mouldings to order and make up the frames in-house... Read more
Bike Service
Bike Service We refurbish and service donated bicycles which are resold to finance our activities. See our Facebook page for current offers. If you would be interested to purchase a specific type or size of... Read more