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

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