Newsletter #36

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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.

 

Newsletter #35

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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.


Newsletter #34

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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.

Newsletter #33

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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

Newsletter #32

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Stonehaven and District Men’s Shed Meeting November 9th 2017

The regular meeting was held in the Community Centre Bath Street. Over twenty members attended and were made welcome. New shedders Derek and Charlie introduced themselves to the group and were warmly received.

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 we should get a response to our CAT 2 application this week.

Poly-tunnel News

Peter and George are on the mend but the poor weather has slowed activities down. Paul will coordinate with the horticultural team to transport the topsoil for the new raised beds. Then apply the matting for the new walkways. Peter has sourced some gravel for these paths and wood for compost bins from the AWPR team.

The remaining plants in the poly-tunnel must be cleared and the plastic cleaned and sterilised.

Mike reported that he has been given some bulbs from the Horizon group that they are happy to pass on to the shedders.

Peter has requested that more volunteers join the team for next year and that they can take up space inside the tunnel or surrounding plot. Please contact Peter or George.

In Other News

Shedder Ian reported on the arrangements for the Xmas lunch. We now have thirty names and so Ian has created a standby list in case some of the group have to cancel.

Events coordinator Robert asked the members to sign up for a Burns event so that he can go ahead and organise the event for the 25th January. A reminder will be sent out to all shedders.

Andy raised the subject of the visit to the Shed in Portlethen; can we determine how many people are keen to go and could members share the transport. A request will go out to all the members with this report.

Our web wizard Wally reported that a forum (blog) would be set up on our website where members can make requests and offer services.

The speaker this week was Police Constable Kevin Marron who talked on “Home Security and Crime Reduction”. This was an interesting and informative talk. Kevin knows these parts well as he has served in the North East for many years. He used many security devices to illustrate his talk and demonstrated how they function and their advantages. Many are surprisingly cheap and are ideal for sheds and other outbuilding security. Kevin offered to carry out a home security survey for the members. Simply give him a call and agree a suitable time. He went on talk about: car security, personal security and fraud. Kevin brought a range of leaflets that covered all of the above topics, his contact details and these are available for all shedders. Please note some leaflets have been posted on the shed website. Kevin was thanked for his presentation and given a warm round of applause.

The next meeting will be on 16th November in the Community Centre Bath Street.  The room is open from 12.30. The speaker is Karen Wood who will talk about Dementia Friendly Communities. Please note that Jennifer Burgess will pay a social visit to the shed to meet the members and introduce herself. Jennifer is an Occupational Therapist from the Adult Mental Health Service.

Tea, coffee, biscuits and cake are available.

Dates for your diary:

30th November – Proposed Visit to Portlethen Shed

7th December – Xmas Lunch Station Hotel

25th January – Burns Event

Newsletter #31

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Stonehaven and District Men’s Shed Meeting November 2nd 2017

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

Following a social period, the business of the Shed was discussed. Shedder Andy handed out the first aid course certificates to the successful candidates and advised the members that a further first aid course will take place in our interim shed.

Our chairman Bill Allan was unable to attend but provided a written report on the progress to gaining use of the civil defence bunker at Viewmount, our Cat status and the way ahead for the Shed. We should focus on the move into the bunker while continuing to pursue the Cat 2 that we have raised.

Poly-tunnel News

Peter and George are still poorly and things have slowed on the poly-tunnel front. George is hoping to work with the Mackie Academy pupils on Tuesday. Paul will coordinate with the horticultural team to transport the topsoil for the new raised beds and then apply the matting for the new walkways. Peter has sourced some gravel for these paths and wood to make compost bins from the AWPR team.

The remaining plants in the poly-tunnel must be cleared and the plastic cleaned and sterilised.

We are still sourcing bulbs to plant for the spring and Shedder Allan offered to supply a big bag of bulbs.

Peter has requested that more volunteers join the team for next year and that they can take up space inside the tunnel or surrounding plot.

Other News

Shedder Ian reported on the arrangements for the Xmas lunch. There has been a good response and there are only a couple of places left. Booking forms where members can set out their meal choices have been prepared and are available from the events committee, but hurry!

Events coordinator Robert asked if the Shed was minded to have a Burns event. If so we will need to start preparations.

Andy raised the subject of the visit to the Shed in Portlethen; can we determine how many people are keen to go and could members share the transport. A request will go out to all the members.

There was no speaker this week and Andy presented the latest edition of the Scottish Shedder magazine to the group. This is a useful publication and comes with much valuable information, especially the three key learnings from shedder Alan Silcock. Secretary Douglas and IT man Wally took over for the stuff on Grant Aid, Insurance and Data Protection. The presentation was well received and Andy closed by saying that although Wally had sent the magazine out by email and had posted it on the Shed website, if members fill in a simple form they can join the Scottish Men’s Shed Association and would get sent regular newsletters which will contain e-links to these magazines. They’d also get a shiny Scottish Men’s Shed badge.

The next meeting will be on 9th November in the Community Centre Bath Street.  The room is open from 12.30. The speaker is Police Constable Kevin Marron who will talk about Crime Prevention. Please note that Wally has already posted some information from Kevin on our website.

 

Dates for your diary:

30th November – Proposed Visit to Portlethen Shed

7th December – Xmas Lunch Station Hotel

Newsletter #30

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Stonehaven and District Men’s Shed Meeting October 26th, 2017

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

Following a social period, the business of the Shed was discussed. Shedder Andy reported on the Emergency First Aid training course with all eight members successfully completing the training, thanks to the trainer Dorothy Clark for her enthusiasm and professionalism. This qualification meets the requirements of our Health and Safety Policy and is the final step required from the members to enable operations to start in our shed.

Chairman Bill Allan reported on the current status of the move into our temporary shed, the civil defence bunker at Viewmount. Following the AGM, he has written to the council emphasising the need to conclude the agreement to give us access to the bunker as quickly as possible. It has been over three months since successful application for change of use.

Health Walks – some time ago a question was raised by some of you shedders about organised walks in and around Stonehaven. Carolyn Lamb, public health coordinator, has contacted us with information on a new initiative; short walks around Stonehaven which will allow participants to meet new people, increase their level of activity, get to know the local environment and take part in a social, fun and healthy activity. The walks are weekly starting from the Plainstones every Monday at 10:00hrs from 30th October. The flyer has been posted on our website.

Poly-tunnel News

Peter and George are still poorly and things have slowed on the poly-tunnel front. Shedders were asked to continue their support at the poly-tunnel, they will be notified when activities start up again.

We are still sourcing bulbs to plant for the spring.

 

 

 

 

 

Shedder Ian reported on the arrangements for the Xmas lunch. There has been a good response and already more than twenty members have signed up. The venue is the Station Hotel on the 7th December. Booking forms where members can set out their meal choices have been prepared and are available from the events committee.

The speaker this week was Doctor Alfred Dossett (see below) from the Stonehaven Medical Group and the subject was Prostate Issues. Dr. Dossett started by explaining the purpose of the prostate, what could go wrong with it and typical symptoms. He finished by explaining the various treatment that are available and sources of further information on the subject. This was an informative presentation and there was a lively question and answer session with the shedders. The presentation was warmly received and Dr. Dossett given our thanks and a round of applause.

The next meeting will be on 2nd November in the Community Centre Bath Street.  The room is open from 12:30hrs. There is no speaker and shedders are encouraged to bring along any projects or hobbies that they are working on to show the group. Please note that the board will convene after 14:00hrs in the community room.

Tea, coffee, buscuits & cakes are available.

 

Dates for your diary:

30th November – Proposed Visit to Portlethen Shed

7th December – Xmas Lunch Station Hotel

Newsletter #29

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Stonehaven and District Men’s Shed Meeting October 19th, 2017

The regular meeting was held after the first Stonehaven and District Men’s Shed Annual General Meeting (AGM) in the Community Centre. The AGM minute with reports from the chairman and secretary along with our financial report will be published here shortly.

Following a social period, the business of the Shed was discussed. Secretary Douglas talked about the AGM and the election of four new Trustees who replaced those standing down. The new Trustees are, Peter Cooper, George McKinnon, Ian Smith and Robert Stirling.

It was good to welcome the chairman Bill Allan and Shedder David Ross, back to the regular meetings following their successful treatment in ARI. The current status of our CAT applications and progress towards entry into the Civil Defence Bunker was explained by Bill and is set out in his AGM report.

In Poly-tunnel news Shedder Paul reported on the recent activities as both George and Peter are poorly. Things have progressed at Mackie with the raised bed frames in place and currently being filled with topsoil. Shedders were asked to continue their support for the ongoing activities at the poly-tunnel.
We are still sourcing bulbs, for the school pupils, to plant for the spring.

Shedder Ian reported on the arrangements for the Xmas lunch. There has been a good response and already more than twenty members have signed up. The venue is the Station Hotel on the 7th December. Booking forms where members can set out their meal choices have been prepared and are available from the events committee.

Shedder Andy reported that the Emergency First Aid training course would take place in the Community Centre on Friday and we have had a great response from the shedders for places on the course. A first aid qualification is mandatory for Shed Safety Supervisors and so this course is a further enabling step in operating from the Civil Defence Bunker.

Every second week there is no speaker as the members focus on project activities and bring in examples of their work to share with the group.
Shedder Mike O’Hagan brought along a digital gauge travelling microscope (see illustration below) that he has made and demonstrated how it functioned. There is a long leadscrew on a fixed bed that holds a stand for the microscope. The leadscrew can be turned to the left or right and the allows the microscope and gauge to be moved in a motion parallel to the bed. The microscope is connected to a laptop and the magnified image is shown on the screen.

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The next meeting will be on 26th October in the Community Centre Bath Street. The room is open from 12.30. The speaker will be Dr. Alfred Dossett from the Stonehaven Medical Group, who will be giving a talk on our Prostate issues.

Dates for your diary:
30th November – Proposed Visit to Portlethen Shed
7th December – Xmas Lunch Station Hotel
Further info at Stonehaven Men’s Shed on the Web, or e-mail to info@StonehavenMensShed.co.uk.

Tea, coffee, Biscuits & cake are available.

Newsletter #28

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Stonehaven and District Men’s Shed Meeting October 12th, 2017

News and Business:-

Chairman Bill Allan is home and starting his recovery. Dave Ross was been injured in a fall from a ladder but is also back at home. We extend sympathy and best wishes for a speedy recovery to both men.

E-mailAll interested members should have received an e-mail announcement of the meeting, complete with a report on the last meeting, using a new E-mailing procedure. If you know of anyone who has been missed off the list please get in touch via the “Contact” page and let us know the name, and the email address if at all possible.

Premises No new progress to report.

Polytunnel The fence has been moved successfully. Soil and frames were taken to the site and the Tuesday morning class for pupils of Mackie did a great job in digging the area gained from the fence move. Preparations are well underway for installing raised beds.

Christmas Lunch Ian Smith consulted the members present and the following details were agreed:-Station Hotel on 7-Dec-2017 12:30 for 13:00,

2 courses only = Main + Desert = £20-95,  Shedders only

The menu is available at http://www.stationhotelstonehaven.co.uk/festive-season/christmas-menu/

Ian will send out forms to Shedders who have registered an interest, asking for menu choices and payment. You can register your interest on our “Contact” page. Ian asked for donations for a Raffle saying hopefully that if those wishing to donate would let him know soon-ish it would allow him to get the preparations underway. Again send details through the “Contact” page.

Presentation by Wally Burnett and Webmaster Nick Hyatt

Wally is a Shed Trustee and he looks after our on-line presence. He did some electrical work for his neighbour, Nick, who is repaying by working as our Webmaster. Wally says that the Shed has definitely got the better part of the deal! Nick is Chief Designer at QD Design (Scotland) and a web search finds him on Facebook and LinkedIn.

They showed the available pages on our website and discussed the content. There are also two pages under construction at the moment; Useful Info and Project Help. Info is self-explanatory but the Project Help will encompass tools/items for sale and wanted; equipment/specific parts for sale and wanted; help requests to complete a project, whether that be know-how or muscle; an event in another area leading to requests for a lift or someone saying they have spare seats to go to an event. Initially requests will be made on the “Contact” page or to Info@StonehavenMensShed.co.uk but the plan is for Shedders to register on that page and then post as needed. (To try to keep spammers out)
Nick then gave a very interesting and “plain English” talk on “Ten Apps you should have”. This generated a lot of attention and a wide range of subjects and queries were raised and explained by Nick. The details of these 10 applications are available to download below. Wally thanked him for his presentation which was very well received and also thanked him for his work on our web site.

The Top 10 Apps Nick presented are in this file.

Questions on Nick’s talk – answers were given to other specific questions, but the ones noted below will be answered after some research.-

Printer problem HP 1510

Phone keyboards

Music to phone won’t play

Apple v Android v Windows

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Project Help Wanted Metal Lathe Restoration

Mike O’Hagan asked for help to restore a Denham Junior metal work lathe (circa 1940) he hopes to donate to the Shed. The critical item is to replace a missing tail stock quill at reasonable cost – plan one has failed.

Please will anyone who can help, with skills or contacts, get in touch. Mike would also like help in setting the lathe up and making it “movable”. (The lathe has a taper turning attachment.)

Contact through the “Contact” page or to Info@StonehavenMensShed.co.uk

Orkney Stools with Sea Grass Seats

Duncan Cursiter asked for help with his project to make Orkney stools with sea grass seats. He showed us one he had purchased. He thought that making and selling the stools might be a fund raising project for the Shed.

Members suggested that the weaving of the seats might be done at the Community Centre meetings extra to the weekly meetings and the room would be easily cleaned up afterwards. Making the wood work stool frames would have to take place elsewhere.

Several Members offered tools, use of their own sheds and timber for the project. (Wally Burnett, Mike O’Hagan, and others)

Mike mentioned the Woodturning group who meet in the Community Centre on Wednesday afternoons and the Woodwork “evening class” at the Mackie Academy on Wednesday evenings. Both can offer tools and instruction which might help.

Shed members who are retired/semi-retired Joiners would be a big help here – please get in touch. Contact via the “Contact” page or to Info@StonehavenMensShed.co.uk

Attendance = 22 members 

Dates for your diary:

19th October – Annual General Meeting – 10.30 Community Centre Bath Street

19th October – Regular Shed Meeting – 12.30 Community Centre Bath Street

20th October – Emergency First Aid training – 09.00 Community Centre Bath Street

30th November – Proposed Visit to Portlethen Shed

7th December – Christmas Lunch Station Hotel 12:30 for 13:00

Newsletter #27

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Stonehaven and District Men’s Shed Meeting October 5th, 2017

The regular meeting was chaired by Andy Lorimer who welcomed the Shedders to the Community Centre meeting room. It was good to welcome Shedder Jim back after his surgery and subsequent recuperation.
Following a social period, the business of the Shed was discussed. Secretary Douglas talked about the board meeting. There is a need to replace board members who are standing down and there are four vacancies for the board to be filled at the AGM. Our Vice Chairman Jim Stephen has also decided to stand down from that role due to the high level of voluntary work he currently carries out. He will remain a board member. The Board thanked Jim for his service to the Shed so far. Following a discussion, Andy Lorimer was proposed for the role of Vice Chairman and the board was unanimous in agreeing that appointment. Douglas went on to discuss progress on the Bunker availability and CAT status. He finished by reminding the meeting about the AGM on the 19th October and his hope that as many members as possible attend.

Poly-tunnel News

Shedder Peter reported that the work to reposition the fence was now completed and preparations have started to clean up the grounds and install the raised beds. Following a short break, work with the pupils from Mackie started again on Tuesday and the young folks were enthusiastic and happy to get their hands dirty. Peter is looking to obtain some bulbs for the pupils to plant and give a good spring flower show. He is also looking to obtain wood for a cold frame and gravel to create new paths. On the subject of the Sensory Garden; this will be a major undertaking that will require some funding. To access this funding a project plan will need to be prepared.
Peter suggested a sign be sited at the poly-tunnel to show that the Men’s Shed is working there in conjunction with Mackie Academy and this was agreed.

 

Shedder Robert reported on the arrangements for the Xmas lunch. The venue is the Station Hotel on the 7th December. The arrangements on the meal is being finalised and will be announced.

Our speaker for the meeting was Shedder Tony Zaccarini. Tony has a passion for photography and was able to share this with the members as he demonstrated techniques to improve photo selection and composition. The techie stuff was informative and the examples of photo-shopped celebrities highly amusing. Tony finished by visiting the cloud to show his work posted on websites. His presentation was well received by the shedders and Tony was given a warm round of applause.
The next meeting will be on 12th October in the Community Centre Bath Street. The room is open from 12.30. Our speakers will be Shedder Wally Burnett and our Webmaster, Nick Hyatt, who will be giving a talk on our website and the information that can be obtained from it. Nick will also discuss, and show, the uses of Laptops/Tablets/Smart Phones/iPads and the likes. Please bring along whatever you use to send messages or communicate on the web as your questions and requests for Information Technology help and support are what our next meeting will focus on.

Tea/ coffee biscuits/cakes as always are available.

(but don’t tell anyone if you’re meant to be on diet) 

Dates for your diary:
19th October – Annual General Meeting – 10.30 Community Centre Bath Street
20th October – Emergency First Aid training – 09.00 Community Centre Bath Street
30th November – Proposed Visit to Portlethen Shed
7th December – Xmas Lunch Station Hotel