Newsletter #39

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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

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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

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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

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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