Newsletter #39

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Stonehaven and District Men’s Shed Meeting January 11th 2018

The regular meeting was held in the Community Centre Bath Street. Over twenty members attended and new Shedders Ian and Derek introduced themselves and were made welcome.

Following the social period, the business of the Shed was discussed.

Secretary Douglas reported that we had received a grant of £90 from the pop-up sweetie shop that operated in the Town Hall during the Ury Player’s warmly received pantomime “Puss in Boots”. Our thanks to Mrs. Mary Sutcliffe for her generous award.

Shedder Duncan reported that he is preparing a grant request with Shell for a defibrillator and other medical equipment for our interim Shed. We are seeking advice on the equipment that we should identify.

George and Peter reported on our horticultural activities to prepare the poly-tunnel for the new growing season. The inside walls will require to be sterilised and outside gravel paths prepared round the new raised beds. Peter will organise a session to carry out these works.

Events Team leader Robert reported that we have over 20 names for the Burns Lunch and he is hoping to add more names to his list. A flyer will be sent out, please pass your name to Robert. He also raised the possibility of arranging an indoor bowls afternoon in the spring.

Andy reviewed the activities questionnaire completed by the members to indicate the nature of the activities they would like to see available in the Shed after it is operational. Apart from social activities in the Shed, the members expressed an interest in developing and building new skills in woodworking, model-making, musical instrument repair, Information Technology, internet use and smart phone operation were the main technology related activities from a long list which also included cooking and regular talks related to health topics.

The speaker this week, Tim Green, was introduced by Secretary Douglas as they have been working together to progress the award of £968 which would allow our Shed to purchase dust control equipment. The monies will be made available within 12 months but only after we have access to our premises in the Civil Defence Bunker. Tim is the Community Development Officer (Men’s Sheds) for Age Scotland.

 He explained the history of Age Scotland; it was formed in 2009 from the merging of Age Concern Scotland and Help the Aged with the strategic aims of:

  • Promoting positive views of aging and later life
  • Helping older people to be as well as they can be
  • Tackle loneliness and isolation

Age Scotland has leaflets offering advice on many topics and there is a helpline for support: 0800 1244222. Tim left leaflets and other advice with the group including the survey and publication The Shed Effect which includes conversations with members from Sheds across Scotland to gather evidence for the Age Scotland survey. The presentation was well received, especially insights into the conversations reported in “The Shed Effect”. During a busy question and answer session Tim talked about the impact Sheds have made and also the Westhill Shed return on investment (ROI) document which identifies the financial benefits for the Shedders, their families, the community and the NHS. He also talked about fund raising including abseiling from the Forth Bridge. On conclusion Tim was given a warm round of applause.


The next meeting will be on 18th January in the Community Centre Bath Street.  The room is open from 12:30hrs The speaker, Andy Hall, is internationally recognised as an author and for his photography. The topic will be “The Art of Photography”.

Tea, coffee, biscuits and cake will be available.


Dates for your diary:

25th January – Burns Lunch

TBA – Indoor bowls event

Further info from

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