MEN'S Matters Maidenhead has celebrated its first anniversary by visiting the country home of Lady McAlpine.

The charity which bring isolated older men together meets every Wednesday afternoon at the Maidenhead Community Centre in York Road from 2pm to 4pm. It started with just one member last September and now boasts twenty.

Members get out and about and on Sunday they celebrated their anniversary with a trip to Fawley Hill, the home of Lady McAlpine which boasts a restored Victorian railway station and working steam railway.

Men's Matters member Harry Sparks particularly enjoyed the trip. He is a keen railway enthusiast and got the chance to work on the train's footplate with the driver and fireman.

Men's Matters trustee Paul Samuels said that the charity is currently looking for volunteers to help run the get togethers.

He believes the success of Men's Matters has shown how important the function it serves is.

He said: "Older men are more isolated than older women and studies show that social isolation increases the risk of an early death by 29% as well as an increased risk of depression, type 2 diabetes and dementia."

Anyone interested in volunteering is invited to contact Paul Samuels on samuelsberks@aol.com.