Newsletter #32

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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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