Newsletter #34

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Stonehaven and District Men’s Shed Meeting November 23rd 2017

The regular meeting was held in the Community Centre Bath Street and the Civil Defence Bunker under Viewmount., over 20 attended. New shedder Stewart introduced himself and was made welcome.

Following a social period, the business of the Shed was discussed. There is still no date for entry to the Viewmount bunker but the Council hope to have this resolved by Xmas.

Secretary Douglas announced that we have been successful with our application for a grant from the Meikle Carewe Wind Farm Community fund through the Kincardine Development Partnership. We have just received notification of an award of £2,000 to be used for the purchase of equipment to start up our operations.

Events coordinator Robert reported that things are going well for the Xmas lunch and we now have a reserves list. He is also investigating the Burns event as the social is supported by the members.

Andy reported that for the visit to Portlethen Shed next Thursday members should gather in the Upper Car Park before 12:30hrs; a flyer with directions will be sent out.

Poly-tunnel News

Peter thanked the team for their hard work in bagging and transferring the topsoil to the poly-tunnel and asked if some of the shedders could help with the planters at Mackie on Tuesday 5th December at 11:00hrs.

The tunnel requires to be washed down and the paths established so watch this space.

Peter spoke about the plans for next year with the pupils and apart from the poly-tunnel and other planting, they will be carrying out environmental related activities. The sensory garden project will be planned for next year but the shedders will require a detailed project plan to assist in raising the funds for the many tasks involved.

Other News

The speaker this week was Ged Adams who talked about his College project “Fitness, Health and Exercise”. This addresses one of the objectives of Men’s Shed and was an interesting and informative presentation that explained how regular exercise, not requiring a visit to the gym, can help folks of all ages to stay healthy and maintain their fitness. Ged asked the shedders to help him with his project by completing a questionnaire on the activities and facilities for maintaining fitness in Stonehaven. The questionnaires duly completed, were passed back and Ged was warmly thanked for his excellent presentation.

The shedders then moved to the Civil Defence Bunker at Viewmount to view the fixtures and fittings. Prior to this visit the council have been busy removing the stored confidential documentation.

With the recent good news of grants for the workshop equipment from Meikle Carewe and NHS Grampian, we are hopeful that a lease can be finalised with the Council within the next few weeks to allow access for our activities.

The photo above shows the main room which will be the meeting and social area. The other rooms will be for workshop, dust control equipment, hobby activities and a storage area.

The next meeting will be on 30th November in the Portlethen Men’s Shed. Please note the usual room in the Community Centre Bath Street will be closed.  Transport to Portlethan will leave the upper Bath Street car park at 12:30hrs sharp.

Dates for your diary:

7th December – Xmas Lunch Station Hotel

25th January – Burns Event

Further info from info@StonehavenMensShed.co.uk.

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