MEMBERS of the local Men in Sheds group were treated to a canal boat trip and lunch courtesy of Bromsgrove Lions Club.

'Shedders' travelled from Anglo Welsh's base at Tardebigge Wharf, down the Worcester and Birmingham Canal to Alvechurch Marina and back - with a ploughman's lunch along the way.

Men in Sheds member Ed Carswell said: "On behalf of all the Shedders I would like to thank the Bromsgrove Lions Club for arranging the trip.

"They made it a relaxed and friendly atmosphere resulting in a very memorable experience.

"The Shedders have all fed back on how much they enjoyed the day and that was down to all the work that was put into it by the Lions.”

Bromsgrove Lions Club had already shown their support for the Age UK group, which meets regularly to work on DIY projects, by sponsoring a 'Shed Share' with a £300 donation.

The club is working with Bromsgrove Shedders to help refurbish benches in the Pat Chippendale Memorial Garden at the Princess of Wales Community Hospital.

Lions spokesman Lesley Godwin said: "It was a pleasure to take out such an enthusiastic group of people and we are extremely pleased they enjoyed themselves so much. We look forward to working with them again in the future."

The Men in Sheds group meets from 10am to 2pm, Mondays to Thursdays at Unit 1, Metal Ores Industrial Estate, 138 Hanbury Road.

For information on joining the group, or to sponsor a Shed Share, call Jo Hughes at Age UK on 01527 568855, or visit