Stonehaven and District Men’s Shed Meeting 15th March 2018
The regular meeting was held in the Community Centre, Bath Street with many members braving the poor weather to attend.
Following the social period, the business of the Shed was discussed and chairman Bill Allan updated the members. The lease for the Civil Defence Bunker, the interim Shed, is still in preparation but we are hoping for an early entry. The two Shed operations teams are preparing the necessary procedures to facilitate operations in the bunker.
Funding for the permanent Shed is more difficult in today’s financial climate but sources are being consulted and applications made.
The new season for the Land-train is about to start and Shedder Jim Stephen has requested the Shedders support the annual spring clean of the Land-train. This request was discussed and a good response to help was obtained. Meet at the Groundwater site, Spurryhillock at 09:00hrs on Tuesday 20th March.
Poly-tunnel news: The bad weather continues to slow things down but plans are being made to lay the gravel paths round the raised beds in the allotment grounds. Peter will advise when helpers are required.
Allan reported on the bowling event, this went well and Allan was thanked for all his efforts to arrange the activities and catering.
Events team leader Robert is investigating options to celebrate the Shed second anniversary with his team.
Shedder Kenny has arranged a visit to see the new Aberdeen Harbour extension on Thursday April 26th and it is hoped that a visit to the Portlethen Shed on the way home can be arranged, details to be announced.
The speaker was Shedder Peter Newell who talked about the Gallipoli campaign in World War 1 and, for the Royal Navy pensioners in the group, The Royal Navy Division and their actions. Peter has visited the battle sites, war memorials and, along with the various maps showing the details of the campaign, he showed photographs he had taken. The campaign had been planned as a naval expedition but in the first attempt to storm the narrows and occupy Constantinople 8 major warships were sunk or badly damaged. This resulted in a change of strategy and plans were prepared for naval landings. Unfortunately, this allowed time for the Turkish forces to prepare for the battles ahead and the campaign quickly became a stalemate as the British, British empire and French forces could not force a break through. A decision was made to withdraw from the peninsula and the effectiveness of the withdrawal was in stark contrast to the loss of life throughout the stalled campaign where the British, British empire and French forces casualties were a quarter of a million and the Turkish army a similar number of casualties.
Peter was able to include information on some of the key and famous personnel in this engagement including Rupert Brooke who was commissioned into the Royal Navy division. Unfortunately, he died from an infected insect bite, on a hospital ship, before he reached Gallipoli and is buried on the Greek island of Skyros.
This was a fascinating talk and Peter was thanked warmly by the Shedders.
The next meeting will be on the 22nd March in the Bath Street Community Centre at 12.30hrs. There is no planned speaker and the Shedders are requested to bring along their projects and hobbies to show and explain to the members. Shedder Paul has purchased an 8 ball so the pool table is ready for use at the meeting.
Tea, coffee & biscuits are available.