Stonehaven and District Men’s Shed Meeting November 30th 2017
The shedders gathered at the Bath Street Community Centre for transport to the Portlethen and District Men’s Shed for their regular soup and sandwich fundraiser. The weather was terrible with snow squalls and ice underfoot, but seventeen brave souls headed out to Portlethen. We were given a warm welcome by the Shed chairman Walter McMillan, the secretary George Pringle, and all the members.
The home-made soup and sandwiches were excellent and very welcome. The photograph shows Peter, Robert and Keith tucking in to their soup. This was followed by tea or coffee and cloutie dumpling or fruit loaf. A super lunch was had and we thanked the members and their ladies for the fine food.
Walter and his team then showed us round their shed which is nearing readiness to start operations. The workshop area has been fitted out and, due to space limitations, Walter was able to offer us a cross-cut power saw and a bench planer which we gratefully accepted. The social area is nearly complete with a kitchen and bespoke disabled toilet. A paved ramp with handrails has been installed to link the workshop and social area.
On completion of the tour, and a successful raffle for some of our group, we gave our thanks and good wishes to Walter and his team before setting off for Stonehaven.
A big thank-you to the council who have now cleared the Civil Defence Bunker and graciously allowed us to store our own furniture there while the lease arrangements are being processed. Thanks too for the shedders who helped transport the tables and chairs and carried them into the bunker.
Events coordinator Robert reports that things are going well for the Xmas lunch and we now have a reserves list. Please contact Robert if you want to request a reserves place. The Burns event is also being progressed by the Events Team.
Peter has requested support from the shedders to prepare the planters at Mackie Academy on Tuesday 5th at 11:00hrs.
Christmas lunch will be at the Station Hotel on the 7th December and the community room in the Community Centre will be closed. Meet at the Station Hotel at 12:30hrs, for lunch at 13:00hrs.
The next regular meeting will be at 12:30hrs on 14th December in the Community Centre Bath Street. The speaker is Rod MacDonald who will talk about diving on the wrecks around Stonehaven and also about HMS Hampshire which foundered during the First World War while transporting Lord Kitchener to Russia.
Tea, coffee, cakes and biscuits are available.
Dates for your diary:
7th December – Xmas Lunch Station Hotel
25th January – Burns Event
Please note there will be no meetings on 28th December and 4th January.