Newsletter #42

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The regular meeting was held in the Community Centre on the 15th of February with over twenty members attending. New Shedders Murray and Bert introduced themselves to the group and were made welcome.

Following the social period our chairman, Bill Allan, talked about Shed activities. Members have been collating and checking the tools and equipment which have recently been donated into storage in the interim Shed – the Civil Defence Bunker. A big thank you to the Shedders who helped to transfer, store, and to start to collate the equipment. A further session to continue with this work in the bunker is planned for next week. Names please to Peter. On the subject of the lease for the interim Shed Bill reports that the council, despite manpower shortages in that department, are working to progress the lease document.

Secretary Douglas reported that we have now received a cheque to the value of £2,000 from Shell U.K. Ltd. Community Awards Charitable Fund. This to be used for the provision of a defibulator and first aid cabinets for the Shed. Our aim is to fit the defibulator and its heated cabinet in a prominent position outside the Shed to make it available for community use. Our thanks go to Duncan for arranging this excellent award.

Poly-tunnel news: George reports that, with the warmer weather, now is a good time to prepare for the new growing season and asks that members support him and Peter in the preparations required at the poly-tunnel. There is ground preparation, construction of wooden compost bins, and cleaning of the tunnel walls to be done. Members meet at the poly-tunnel at 10:00hrs on Thursday 22nd February.

Events News: Allan reported that he has arranged our indoor bowling event for the 8th of March. Meet at the Bowling Club at 12:30hrs and there will be refreshments available in Terri-Anne’s Café. We will put out a flyer giving full details in plenty of time prior to this event.

Events team leader Robert reminded the meeting that we are coming up to our second anniversary as a Men’s Shed. Our inaugural meeting was in Mackie Academy on the 29th of April 2016. Robert suggested that we celebrate the anniversary with a meal and that we invite the partners of Shedders too. This was well received and Robert and his team will work up the details. We had hoped to be resident in our own premises by this time but it looks like a local hotel will have to be booked.

Our speakers this week were Zarah and Ian from

Their topic: “The stigma that is hearing loss”.

  Zarah said that their presentation on hearing loss had already been made to groups in Aberdeenshire and began by talking about how we hear, and the anatomy of the ear. She was supported by Ian who is an audiologist who tests hearing and prescribes hearing aids.

The causes of hearing loss and why hearing can deteriorate were explained. Ian said his primary job is to check that ears are healthy and that a hearing test is free. Hearing can change with age, what to look for to identify the symptoms of hearing loss were explained; TV too loud, can’t hear folks on the phone, asking someone to repeat their last statement and difficulties in hearing when there is background noise are typical symptoms. Ian spoke about how hearing loss changes lives and how hearing tests are carried out; the three-minute check and the full test. He went on to discuss hearing aids, their technology, different sizes and other options. He was happy to answer questions from a clearly interested audience and talked about hearing tests, prescriptions for hearing aids, guarantees, costs, other service providers, battery life, the NHS and home visit services. He finished by repeating what he had been told by a happy customer and how the hearing aid he supplied had given the user a new lease of life making him “feel younger not older”.

Zarah left a selection of brochures on hearing loss and solutions with us to keep in the Shed. The talk was informative and entertaining and the members gave a warm round of applause to Zarah and Ian.

The next meeting will be on the 22nd February in the Bath Street Community Centre at 12.30hrs.  There is no speaker and Shedders are requested to bring along their latest project or hobby and show it to the group.
Tea, coffee, cakes & biscuits are available.

Dates for your diary:

22/02/18 Visit to the Poly-tunnel: meet at 10:00hrs at Mackie. Note: the regular meeting will take place in the Community Centre at 12:30hrs.
08/03/18 Indoor bowls event meet at 12:30hrs at the Stonehaven Bowling Club. Note: this session replaces the regular meeting in the Community Centre.
April Shed 2nd Anniversary event (details to be announced)

Further details can be obtained by e-mail from info@StonehavenMensShed.co.uk.

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Stonehaven and District Men’s Shed Meeting 8th February 2018

The regular meeting was held in the Community Centre with 30 members attending. New Shedder Peter was welcomed and members will remember Peter from the interesting talk he gave on the history of the Stonehaven open air swimming pool.

We had as guest speaker Andrew Bowie M.P. who had been voting till late the previous day in Westminster and took the sleeper up to meet this commitment. His chief of staff Gregor Ironside had requested that they join the members, for their social period to share tea and a biscuit, so they could meet and talk with the group in an informal manner to find out more about Shed and its members. Thanks to Peter Cooper and his wife for the home-bakes.

Following the social period our chairman Bill Allen presented on the history of the Stonehaven and District Men’s Shed and the status of our endeavours to find a location for our Shed. He also outlined the materials, support already gathered and the business plan to maintain the Shed on an ongoing basis.

Andrew then talked about being a new M.P. in the House of Commons and his experiences there. He waited weeks to get into an office and is currently working from a converted police cell in a Westminster annexe. When asked about the material state of the parliament building he explained that the proposed major remedial works are required and that there are still electrical cables from the initial installation of lighting into the building. One of the key milestones for a new M.P. is their maiden speech in parliament and keeping the butterflies in the tummy in check was not helped by the Foreign Secretary turning around in his seat to watch while the speech took place. Thankfully his speech was well received. Andrew went on to speak about other parliamentary duties and his role as a member of the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee.

The talk was informative and entertaining and the members gave a round of applause for Andrew and his Chief of Staff, Gregor.

Following the talk, the M.P. had to leave for another appointment and the business of the Shed was discussed. Shedder Jim talked about the Radio Scotland programme “Our Story” and the interviews on air with the members of the Inverurie Shed. It is well worth listening to.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09qqh2w

Events team leader Robert is looking at an indoor bowling session in late March. Events team member Allan said that he will go ahead and make arrangements to include a “fly” in Terri-Anne’s café in the club.

Shedder Duncan advised us that Shell had made a grant of £2,000 to cover the cost of a defibulator, heated cabinet and first aid cupboards for the Shed. It is planned that the defibulator will be fitted outside our permanent Shed for use by the community. Duncan was thanked by the members for his actions.

Poly-tunnel news: Peter asked the members to support the preparation for the new growing season in the poly-tunnel. Please turn up at 10.00 on 22nd February and don’t forget work gear. Thanks to Wally and Paul for taking the wooden pallets to the site ready to be made into compost bins.

The next meeting will be on the 15th February in the Bath Street Community Centre at 12.30.  Our speaker is Zarah from Specsavers who will talk about audio and optical issues.

Tea, coffee, cake and biscuits are available.

 

Dates for your diary:

22.02.18 – Visit to the Poly-tunnel: meet at 10.00 at Mackie

Late March – Indoor bowls event (date to be finalised)

Further info from info@StonehavenMensShed.co.uk.

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Stonehaven and District Men’s Shed Meeting January 25th 2018

The regular meeting was held in the Queens Hotel Stonehaven and this change of venue allowed the members to take part in the annual celebratory tribute to the life, works and spirit of the great Scottish poet Robert Burns (1759- 1796).

The Burns Lunch was a huge success with twenty-eight members attending the celebration of the bard. Glasses were charged for the toasts: the haggis was celebrated in fine style after being piped in by Garry Brindley, with Ian Smith as the hauder, and addressed by Billy Hunter. Alan Wood delivered the Selkirk Grace. The food was excellent and served promptly by the hotel staff. At the end of the meal there were recitations by Peter Newell and Ian Smith to complete the event.

Piper Garry was so encouraged by his reception and the welcome he received from the Shedders that he has offered to pipe us in when we officially open our interim Shed.

Heartfelt thanks were given to Robert, Ian and Allan for their organising skills, the piper Garry, Billy, Allan, Peter and Ian and the owner and staff of the Queens Hotel.

Following the lunch, the Shedders continued to socialise and secretary Douglas was able to announce that we have now received a grant of £968 from Age Scotland to purchase dust control equipment for our Shed.

The next meeting will be on the 1st February in the Bath Street Community Centre at 12.30.  There is no planned speaker and members are encouraged to bring along projects or hobbies to talk about with the Shedders. We are hoping to get access to the Civil Defence Bunker later on in the afternoon as this will allow the members to see the equipment, tools and furniture we have been collecting and storing in preparation for Shed start-up.
                             Tea, coffee, cakes and biscuits are available.

Dates for your diary:
8th February visit by M.P. Andrew Bowie
TBA – Visit to the Poly-tunnel at Mackie
TBA – Indoor bowls event

Further info from info@StonehavenMensShed.co.uk

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Stonehaven and District Men’s Shed Meeting January 11th 2018

The regular meeting was held in the Community Centre Bath Street. Over twenty members attended and new Shedders Ian and Derek introduced themselves and were made welcome.

Following the social period, the business of the Shed was discussed.

Secretary Douglas reported that we had received a grant of £90 from the pop-up sweetie shop that operated in the Town Hall during the Ury Player’s warmly received pantomime “Puss in Boots”. Our thanks to Mrs. Mary Sutcliffe for her generous award.

Shedder Duncan reported that he is preparing a grant request with Shell for a defibrillator and other medical equipment for our interim Shed. We are seeking advice on the equipment that we should identify.

George and Peter reported on our horticultural activities to prepare the poly-tunnel for the new growing season. The inside walls will require to be sterilised and outside gravel paths prepared round the new raised beds. Peter will organise a session to carry out these works.

Events Team leader Robert reported that we have over 20 names for the Burns Lunch and he is hoping to add more names to his list. A flyer will be sent out, please pass your name to Robert. He also raised the possibility of arranging an indoor bowls afternoon in the spring.

Andy reviewed the activities questionnaire completed by the members to indicate the nature of the activities they would like to see available in the Shed after it is operational. Apart from social activities in the Shed, the members expressed an interest in developing and building new skills in woodworking, model-making, musical instrument repair, Information Technology, internet use and smart phone operation were the main technology related activities from a long list which also included cooking and regular talks related to health topics.

The speaker this week, Tim Green, was introduced by Secretary Douglas as they have been working together to progress the award of £968 which would allow our Shed to purchase dust control equipment. The monies will be made available within 12 months but only after we have access to our premises in the Civil Defence Bunker. Tim is the Community Development Officer (Men’s Sheds) for Age Scotland.

 He explained the history of Age Scotland; it was formed in 2009 from the merging of Age Concern Scotland and Help the Aged with the strategic aims of:

  • Promoting positive views of aging and later life
  • Helping older people to be as well as they can be
  • Tackle loneliness and isolation

Age Scotland has leaflets offering advice on many topics and there is a helpline for support: 0800 1244222. Tim left leaflets and other advice with the group including the survey and publication The Shed Effect which includes conversations with members from Sheds across Scotland to gather evidence for the Age Scotland survey. The presentation was well received, especially insights into the conversations reported in “The Shed Effect”. During a busy question and answer session Tim talked about the impact Sheds have made and also the Westhill Shed return on investment (ROI) document which identifies the financial benefits for the Shedders, their families, the community and the NHS. He also talked about fund raising including abseiling from the Forth Bridge. On conclusion Tim was given a warm round of applause.

 

The next meeting will be on 18th January in the Community Centre Bath Street.  The room is open from 12:30hrs The speaker, Andy Hall, is internationally recognised as an author and for his photography. The topic will be “The Art of Photography”.

Tea, coffee, biscuits and cake will be available.

 

Dates for your diary:

25th January – Burns Lunch

TBA – Indoor bowls event

Further info from info@StonehavenMensShed.co.uk.

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Stonehaven and District Men’s Shed Meeting December 21st 2017

The regular meeting was held in the Community Centre Bath Street. Over twenty members attended and were made welcome.

During the social period, shedder Allan spoke about the topic of last week’s speaker Rod Macdonald, diving on the wrecks of ships sunk off Stonehaven whist sailing in convoys round the coast of the North Sea. He told us that his father James Wood had been a Leading Seaman on HMS Rodney and had been on convoy protection duties for ships carrying essential war supplies to Russia. The Russian government has now recognised their actions and struck a medal to honour their work and sacrifice for the war effort, the Artic Star.  Although James has sadly passed on Allan was able to request a posthumous award of the medal and proudly shows it in the photo below. Allan was warmly thanked for telling us about the award and showing us his father’s Artic Star.

Other Matters: Chairman Bill led a lively session on the business of the Shed and involved all the members.

Secretary Douglas reported that the Scottish Men’s Shed Association has issued a new newsletter:

https://scottishmsa.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/December-2017-Newsletter-www-Final.pdf

The newsletter is a good read with stories from sheds across Scotland and useful information on sources of funding. Our Shed’s award from Age Scotland gets a mention.

Shedder Robert reported on behalf of the Events Team on the Burns Lunch planned for the 25th January. He has received prices from local hotels and will be putting out a flyer with all the details. Shedder Andy reported that he had been able to find an excellent piper who will do justice to any fine haggis making its way to the luncheon table.

Shedder Tony asked about setting up a walking group, we are aware of the group that meets at the Plainstones on a weekly basis. We can pursue this further and we have access to Walk Leader training by contacting Carolyn Lamb.

Poly-tunnel news; activities are on hold until after the festive period.

There was no speaker this week and so the leaders of the two working groups making preparations to start operations in the proposed interim shed reported on their activities. Shedder Peter talked for the Bunker preparations group and reported on the difficulties obtaining access to the Civil Defence Bunker. Our change of use application was approved in July for a two-year period but we are unable to gain entry as the lease is in preparation. We have been able to store some machinery and furniture in the building but detailed arrangements including access ramps and railings for our disabled members can not be put in place until we have access. Shedder Andy talked on behalf of the Operations group and was able to report that sufficient members had successfully completed First Aid training to allow a roster of Shed Safety Supervisors to be prepared. We also have the machinery layout inside the bunker agreed and a working set of Health and Safety procedures.

The members appreciated the work of these two teams and offered their support in preparing for operations in the bunker.

The next meeting will be on 11th January in the Community Centre Bath Street.  The room is open from 12.30. The speaker is Tim Green from Age Scotland. As was stated earlier, Age Scotland have just made a grant to our Shed enabling the purchase of woodworking machinery.

Tea, coffee, biscuits and (sometimes) cake, are available.

Dates for your diary:

25th January – Burns Lunch (details to be finalised but it will, by majority vote, be held at lunchtime – noting the name; Burns Lunch )

Further info  from info@StonehavenMensShed.co.uk.

The trustees wish all our Members and our friends A Peaceful Christmas and a Guid New Year!

Sorry I didn’t get this out before Christmas – I was on holiday and had received death threats if I took my laptop.

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Stonehaven and District Men’s Shed Meeting December 14th 2017

The regular meeting was held in the Community Centre Bath Street. Over twenty members attended and were made welcome. New shedder Roger introduced himself to the group and was warmly received.

Following a social period, the business of the Shed was discussed.  Andy reported that he accompanied our secretary Douglas to the Betteridge Centre this week to accept a grant of £2,000 made by the Meikle Carew Windfarm, the fund is administered by the Kincardineshire Development Partnership. This grant will allow us to purchase new woodworking equipment for our shed. Andy and Douglas accepting the cheque in the presentation photo below. 

 

Chairman Bill reported that the council are working towards the preparation of the lease for the Civil Defence Bunker and we hope to be starting operations in our temporary shed early in 2018.

Shedder Jim talked about the “Stoney Cares Christmas Day Lunch”. This is a wonderful opportunity for those people who otherwise would be alone at Christmas to enjoy a Christmas lunch together. The meal is free to all and can be booked by e-mail stoneycares@outlook.com or by text/ call 07510313800.

The Events Team were thanked for arranging the Xmas lunch, which was a great success.
Events coordinator Robert talked about the Burns event which will replace the regular meeting on 25th January. He will investigate suitable venues for this lunchtime event.

The speaker this week was Rod Macdonald from Stonehaven. Rod is a member of the Explorer’s Club of New York and an accomplished diver who has written many books based on his diving adventures across the globe. Rod focussed his talk on the shipwrecks close by Stonehaven. These ships foundered as a result of enemy action in the North Sea during the Second World War. Shipping was formed into convoys off the West coast of Scotland and sailed round the North of Scotland before heading South.  Most ships were lost in actions due to attacks by German aircraft based in Norway. Rod related the loss of SS Creemuir in 1940. There were only 12 survivors and Rod made contact with the last survivor of the wreck, Noel Blacklock, who described the action and the sinking of the ship. Following further successful dives, the ship’s bell was recovered and presented to Noel. Rod was thanked for this fascinating presentation and given a warm round of applause.
Some of the books written by Rod are shown below, and there are further details on his website: http://www.rod-macdonald.co.uk/

The next meeting will be on 21st December in the Community Centre Bath Street.  The room is open from 12:30hrs. There is no planned speaker and Shedders are requested to bring along any projects they are working on to “show and tell”.

Tea, coffee, biscuits, and (sometimes) cake are available.

 Dates for your diary:

25th January – Burns Lunch (details to be finalised)

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Stonehaven and District Men’s Shed Meeting November 30th 2017

The Shedders gathered at the Station Hotel Stonehaven for Christmas Lunch. Twenty-seven members enjoyed the fine food  and companionship. On behalf of the group Peter thanked Robert, Ian and Allan from our events team, for making all the arrangements. Peter went on to ask the shedders to show their appreciation for the good works done over the year by the board and members and went on to speak of some of that work; Chairman Bill Allan who, in spite of a period of recuperation following major surgery, has kept the focus on starting operations at our interim shed and has also progressed the CAT process with the aim of obtaining long term premises for our Shed; Secretary, Douglas Knox, who has managed business very effectively in his usual quiet manner, and has also made successful applications for grant funding and a input an immense amount of work on our CATs; Vice-chairman Andy Lorimer who has organised the regular meetings and supported the site visits and paperwork to progress the CAT process; Trustee Wally  with his trailer and all the members who have helped at the Poly-tunnel and also transferred tools and furniture to the Civil Defence Bunker.
A warm round of applause was given.

Allan Wood proposed the toast to absent friends.

The raffle then took place and Robert, Ian & Allan managed this activity with their usual good humour. The Shedders had been generous in their donations which included new power tools, boxes of biscuits, sweets and fine wines & spirits. Shedder Tony Zaccarini couldn’t make it on the day but had donated a framed canvas print of Stonehaven inner harbour, made from one of his photographs. The lucky winner was Mike, who is seen below being presented with the picture by Allan.

Other News
Chairman Bill reported that things are going forward with the lease arrangements for the bunker and he hopes that we can gain full access early next year. The council have given us permission to store our furniture inside and we are arranging a visit for the bunker Operations Team to plan out the internal layout for the woodworking and dust control machinery. A note setting out the time to meet at the bunker will be sent out.

Peter reported that things have slowed down at the Poly-tunnel due to the weather but activities in the school continue. On Thursday the Shedders helped the pupils to pot out crocus and daffodil bulbs for their classroom and they were invited to take a couple of pots home with them.

 The next regular meeting will be at 12:30hrs on 14th December in the Community Centre Bath Street. The speaker is Rod MacDonald who will talk about diving on the wrecks around Stonehaven and HMS Hampshire which foundered during the First World War while transporting Lord Kitchener to Russia.

Tea, coffee, cakes and biscuits are available.

Dates for your diary:

25th January – Burns Event

Please note there will be no meetings on 28th December and 4th January.

Please request further info from info@StonehavenMensShed.co.uk should you require it.

 

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Stonehaven and District Men’s Shed Meeting November 30th 2017

The shedders gathered at the Bath Street Community Centre for transport to the Portlethen and District Men’s Shed for their regular soup and sandwich fundraiser. The weather was terrible with snow squalls and ice underfoot, but seventeen brave souls headed out to Portlethen. We were given a warm welcome by the Shed chairman Walter McMillan, the secretary George Pringle, and all the members.

The home-made soup and sandwiches were excellent and very welcome. The photograph shows Peter, Robert and Keith tucking in to their soup. This was followed by tea or coffee and cloutie dumpling or fruit loaf. A super lunch was had and we thanked the members and their ladies for the fine food.

Walter and his team then showed us round their shed which is nearing readiness to start operations. The workshop area has been fitted out and, due to space limitations, Walter was able to offer us a cross-cut power saw and a bench planer which we gratefully accepted. The social area is nearly complete with a kitchen and bespoke disabled toilet. A paved ramp with handrails has been installed to link the workshop and social area.

On completion of the tour, and a successful raffle for some of our group, we gave our thanks and good wishes to Walter and his team before setting off for Stonehaven.

Other News

A big thank-you to the council who have now cleared the Civil Defence Bunker and graciously allowed us to store our own furniture there while the lease arrangements are being processed. Thanks too for the shedders who helped transport the tables and chairs and carried them into the bunker.

Events coordinator Robert reports that things are going well for the Xmas lunch and we now have a reserves list. Please contact Robert if you want to request a reserves place. The Burns event is also being progressed by the Events Team.

 

Poly-tunnel News

Peter has requested support from the shedders to prepare the planters at Mackie Academy on Tuesday 5th at 11:00hrs.

 

 

Christmas lunch will be at the Station Hotel on the 7th December and the community room in the Community Centre will be closed. Meet at the Station Hotel at 12:30hrs, for lunch at 13:00hrs.

The next regular meeting will be at 12:30hrs on 14th December in the Community Centre Bath Street. The speaker is Rod MacDonald who will talk about diving on the wrecks around Stonehaven and also about HMS Hampshire which foundered during the First World War while transporting Lord Kitchener to Russia.

Tea, coffee, cakes and biscuits are available.

Dates for your diary:
7th December – Xmas Lunch Station Hotel
25th January – Burns Event

Please note there will be no meetings on 28th December and 4th January.


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Stonehaven and District Men’s Shed Meeting November 23rd 2017

The regular meeting was held in the Community Centre Bath Street and the Civil Defence Bunker under Viewmount., over 20 attended. New shedder Stewart introduced himself and was made welcome.

Following a social period, the business of the Shed was discussed. There is still no date for entry to the Viewmount bunker but the Council hope to have this resolved by Xmas.

Secretary Douglas announced that we have been successful with our application for a grant from the Meikle Carewe Wind Farm Community fund through the Kincardine Development Partnership. We have just received notification of an award of £2,000 to be used for the purchase of equipment to start up our operations.

Events coordinator Robert reported that things are going well for the Xmas lunch and we now have a reserves list. He is also investigating the Burns event as the social is supported by the members.

Andy reported that for the visit to Portlethen Shed next Thursday members should gather in the Upper Car Park before 12:30hrs; a flyer with directions will be sent out.

Poly-tunnel News

Peter thanked the team for their hard work in bagging and transferring the topsoil to the poly-tunnel and asked if some of the shedders could help with the planters at Mackie on Tuesday 5th December at 11:00hrs.

The tunnel requires to be washed down and the paths established so watch this space.

Peter spoke about the plans for next year with the pupils and apart from the poly-tunnel and other planting, they will be carrying out environmental related activities. The sensory garden project will be planned for next year but the shedders will require a detailed project plan to assist in raising the funds for the many tasks involved.

Other News

The speaker this week was Ged Adams who talked about his College project “Fitness, Health and Exercise”. This addresses one of the objectives of Men’s Shed and was an interesting and informative presentation that explained how regular exercise, not requiring a visit to the gym, can help folks of all ages to stay healthy and maintain their fitness. Ged asked the shedders to help him with his project by completing a questionnaire on the activities and facilities for maintaining fitness in Stonehaven. The questionnaires duly completed, were passed back and Ged was warmly thanked for his excellent presentation.

The shedders then moved to the Civil Defence Bunker at Viewmount to view the fixtures and fittings. Prior to this visit the council have been busy removing the stored confidential documentation.

With the recent good news of grants for the workshop equipment from Meikle Carewe and NHS Grampian, we are hopeful that a lease can be finalised with the Council within the next few weeks to allow access for our activities.

The photo above shows the main room which will be the meeting and social area. The other rooms will be for workshop, dust control equipment, hobby activities and a storage area.

The next meeting will be on 30th November in the Portlethen Men’s Shed. Please note the usual room in the Community Centre Bath Street will be closed.  Transport to Portlethan will leave the upper Bath Street car park at 12:30hrs sharp.

Dates for your diary:

7th December – Xmas Lunch Station Hotel

25th January – Burns Event

Further info from info@StonehavenMensShed.co.uk.

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Stonehaven and District Men’s Shed Meeting November 16th 2017

The regular meeting was held in the Community Centre Bath Street, where again there was a good attendance and the shedders were made welcome.

Following a social period, the business of the Shed was discussed. Our Chairman Bill Allan reported on the actions he has taken to move forward our entry to the civil defence bunker. He also reported that he had responded to questions raised by the council on our CAT application.

Vice-Chair Andy reported on the visit he made with Bill to the Inverurie Men’s Shed for the Shiresheds meeting. There were representatives from Sheds already operating; Dyce, Inverurie, Westhill and Peterhead. We also had representatives from Sheds like ours who are in the process of establishing; Alford, Banchory, Braemar, Keith and Ellon. There was a lively exchange of advice and information with questions raised on insurance, Leader and other funding, competence to operate machinery, dust control arrangements and fund-raising activities to cover running costs. It was a useful session for the Shedders and our host Leith Robertson was warmly thanked.

Poly-tunnel News
Shedders George and Peter coordinated with the horticultural team to transport the topsoil for the new raised beds. The team gathered and the top soil was bagged and transferred to the new raised beds. Shedder Kenny with his graip did excellent work!
The remaining plants in the poly-tunnel and our outside growing space were cleared and the beds tidied.
Peter also prepared the planters at Mackie for the pupils to plant the bulbs supplied by the Horizon group.

Other News
Shedder Alan spoke on the arrangements for the Xmas lunch. We now have thirty names and a standby list in case some of the group have to cancel.

There are now 12 members signed up for a Burns event so Shedder Robert can go ahead and organise the event for the 25th January. We will send out a flyer to inform the membership.

Andy raised the subject of the visit to the Shed in Portlethen; we have at least 12 names of those planning to attend and Secretary Douglas reports that the Portlethen Shed is happy to welcome us.

Andy went on to speak about the Asthma in Children presentation arranged by the Stonehaven Patient Participation Group in the Health Centre multi-function room at 19.00 on 27th November and an invitation from Carolyn Lamb to attend a Living With Hope event on Wellbeing on 5th December in the Dickson Hall Laurencekirk at 10.00 – 15.30.

The speaker this week was Karen Wood – Project Officer for Dementia Friendly Aberdeenshire. who talked on “Dementia Friendly Communities”. Dementia Friendly Aberdeenshire works across the Shire with individuals, groups, organisations and businesses to develop and promote Dementia Friendly Communities. Their aim is to raise awareness and reduce the stigma of the disease, enabling people with dementia to live well and continue to remain active and participate in their community for as long as possible. This was an interesting and informative talk. Karen started by explaining the different types of dementia, then showed us a short video illustrating the problems people with dementia have in communicating their needs to members to the public. The video showed straightforward ways to deal with differing situations; on a bus, at a cash point and in a shop. It is really all about adapting your behaviour and being a good citizen. Karen was thanked for her presentation and given a warm round of applause.

The next meeting will be on 23rd November in the Community Centre Bath Street.  The room is open from 12.30. The speaker is Gerard Adams who will speak on “Health Maintaining Physical Activities”.

Tea, coffee, cakes and biscuits are available.

Dates for your diary:

30th November – Proposed Visit to Portlethen Shed

7th December – Xmas Lunch Station Hotel

25th January – Burns Event