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

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