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

Tea, coffee, Biscuits & cake are available.

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