Newsletter #38

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Stonehaven and District Men’s Shed Meeting December 21st 2017

The regular meeting was held in the Community Centre Bath Street. Over twenty members attended and were made welcome.

During the social period, shedder Allan spoke about the topic of last week’s speaker Rod Macdonald, diving on the wrecks of ships sunk off Stonehaven whist sailing in convoys round the coast of the North Sea. He told us that his father James Wood had been a Leading Seaman on HMS Rodney and had been on convoy protection duties for ships carrying essential war supplies to Russia. The Russian government has now recognised their actions and struck a medal to honour their work and sacrifice for the war effort, the Artic Star.  Although James has sadly passed on Allan was able to request a posthumous award of the medal and proudly shows it in the photo below. Allan was warmly thanked for telling us about the award and showing us his father’s Artic Star.

Other Matters: Chairman Bill led a lively session on the business of the Shed and involved all the members.

Secretary Douglas reported that the Scottish Men’s Shed Association has issued a new newsletter:

The newsletter is a good read with stories from sheds across Scotland and useful information on sources of funding. Our Shed’s award from Age Scotland gets a mention.

Shedder Robert reported on behalf of the Events Team on the Burns Lunch planned for the 25th January. He has received prices from local hotels and will be putting out a flyer with all the details. Shedder Andy reported that he had been able to find an excellent piper who will do justice to any fine haggis making its way to the luncheon table.

Shedder Tony asked about setting up a walking group, we are aware of the group that meets at the Plainstones on a weekly basis. We can pursue this further and we have access to Walk Leader training by contacting Carolyn Lamb.

Poly-tunnel news; activities are on hold until after the festive period.

There was no speaker this week and so the leaders of the two working groups making preparations to start operations in the proposed interim shed reported on their activities. Shedder Peter talked for the Bunker preparations group and reported on the difficulties obtaining access to the Civil Defence Bunker. Our change of use application was approved in July for a two-year period but we are unable to gain entry as the lease is in preparation. We have been able to store some machinery and furniture in the building but detailed arrangements including access ramps and railings for our disabled members can not be put in place until we have access. Shedder Andy talked on behalf of the Operations group and was able to report that sufficient members had successfully completed First Aid training to allow a roster of Shed Safety Supervisors to be prepared. We also have the machinery layout inside the bunker agreed and a working set of Health and Safety procedures.

The members appreciated the work of these two teams and offered their support in preparing for operations in the bunker.

The next meeting will be on 11th January in the Community Centre Bath Street.  The room is open from 12.30. The speaker is Tim Green from Age Scotland. As was stated earlier, Age Scotland have just made a grant to our Shed enabling the purchase of woodworking machinery.

Tea, coffee, biscuits and (sometimes) cake, are available.

Dates for your diary:

25th January – Burns Lunch (details to be finalised but it will, by majority vote, be held at lunchtime – noting the name; Burns Lunch )

Further info  from

The trustees wish all our Members and our friends A Peaceful Christmas and a Guid New Year!

Sorry I didn’t get this out before Christmas – I was on holiday and had received death threats if I took my laptop.

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