Newsletter #33

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Stonehaven and District Men’s Shed Meeting November 16th 2017

The regular meeting was held in the Community Centre Bath Street, where again there was a good attendance and the shedders were made welcome.

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 he had responded to questions raised by the council on our CAT application.

Vice-Chair Andy reported on the visit he made with Bill to the Inverurie Men’s Shed for the Shiresheds meeting. There were representatives from Sheds already operating; Dyce, Inverurie, Westhill and Peterhead. We also had representatives from Sheds like ours who are in the process of establishing; Alford, Banchory, Braemar, Keith and Ellon. There was a lively exchange of advice and information with questions raised on insurance, Leader and other funding, competence to operate machinery, dust control arrangements and fund-raising activities to cover running costs. It was a useful session for the Shedders and our host Leith Robertson was warmly thanked.

Poly-tunnel News
Shedders George and Peter coordinated with the horticultural team to transport the topsoil for the new raised beds. The team gathered and the top soil was bagged and transferred to the new raised beds. Shedder Kenny with his graip did excellent work!
The remaining plants in the poly-tunnel and our outside growing space were cleared and the beds tidied.
Peter also prepared the planters at Mackie for the pupils to plant the bulbs supplied by the Horizon group.

Other News
Shedder Alan spoke on the arrangements for the Xmas lunch. We now have thirty names and a standby list in case some of the group have to cancel.

There are now 12 members signed up for a Burns event so Shedder Robert can go ahead and organise the event for the 25th January. We will send out a flyer to inform the membership.

Andy raised the subject of the visit to the Shed in Portlethen; we have at least 12 names of those planning to attend and Secretary Douglas reports that the Portlethen Shed is happy to welcome us.

Andy went on to speak about the Asthma in Children presentation arranged by the Stonehaven Patient Participation Group in the Health Centre multi-function room at 19.00 on 27th November and an invitation from Carolyn Lamb to attend a Living With Hope event on Wellbeing on 5th December in the Dickson Hall Laurencekirk at 10.00 – 15.30.

The speaker this week was Karen Wood – Project Officer for Dementia Friendly Aberdeenshire. who talked on “Dementia Friendly Communities”. Dementia Friendly Aberdeenshire works across the Shire with individuals, groups, organisations and businesses to develop and promote Dementia Friendly Communities. Their aim is to raise awareness and reduce the stigma of the disease, enabling people with dementia to live well and continue to remain active and participate in their community for as long as possible. This was an interesting and informative talk. Karen started by explaining the different types of dementia, then showed us a short video illustrating the problems people with dementia have in communicating their needs to members to the public. The video showed straightforward ways to deal with differing situations; on a bus, at a cash point and in a shop. It is really all about adapting your behaviour and being a good citizen. Karen was thanked for her presentation and given a warm round of applause.

The next meeting will be on 23rd November in the Community Centre Bath Street.  The room is open from 12.30. The speaker is Gerard Adams who will speak on “Health Maintaining Physical Activities”.

Tea, coffee, cakes and biscuits 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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