Stonehaven and District Men’s Shed Meeting December 14th 2017
The regular meeting was held in the Community Centre Bath Street. Over twenty members attended and were made welcome. New shedder Roger introduced himself to the group and was warmly received.
Following a social period, the business of the Shed was discussed. Andy reported that he accompanied our secretary Douglas to the Betteridge Centre this week to accept a grant of £2,000 made by the Meikle Carew Windfarm, the fund is administered by the Kincardineshire Development Partnership. This grant will allow us to purchase new woodworking equipment for our shed. Andy and Douglas accepting the cheque in the presentation photo below.
Chairman Bill reported that the council are working towards the preparation of the lease for the Civil Defence Bunker and we hope to be starting operations in our temporary shed early in 2018.
Shedder Jim talked about the “Stoney Cares Christmas Day Lunch”. This is a wonderful opportunity for those people who otherwise would be alone at Christmas to enjoy a Christmas lunch together. The meal is free to all and can be booked by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or by text/ call 07510313800.
The Events Team were thanked for arranging the Xmas lunch, which was a great success.
Events coordinator Robert talked about the Burns event which will replace the regular meeting on 25th January. He will investigate suitable venues for this lunchtime event.
The speaker this week was Rod Macdonald from Stonehaven. Rod is a member of the Explorer’s Club of New York and an accomplished diver who has written many books based on his diving adventures across the globe. Rod focussed his talk on the shipwrecks close by Stonehaven. These ships foundered as a result of enemy action in the North Sea during the Second World War. Shipping was formed into convoys off the West coast of Scotland and sailed round the North of Scotland before heading South. Most ships were lost in actions due to attacks by German aircraft based in Norway. Rod related the loss of SS Creemuir in 1940. There were only 12 survivors and Rod made contact with the last survivor of the wreck, Noel Blacklock, who described the action and the sinking of the ship. Following further successful dives, the ship’s bell was recovered and presented to Noel. Rod was thanked for this fascinating presentation and given a warm round of applause.
Some of the books written by Rod are shown below, and there are further details on his website: http://www.rod-macdonald.co.uk/
The next meeting will be on 21st December in the Community Centre Bath Street. The room is open from 12:30hrs. There is no planned speaker and Shedders are requested to bring along any projects they are working on to “show and tell”.
Tea, coffee, biscuits, and (sometimes) cake are available.
Dates for your diary:
25th January – Burns Lunch (details to be finalised)