Newsletter #40

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Stonehaven and District Men’s Shed Meeting January 25th 2018

The regular meeting was held in the Queens Hotel Stonehaven and this change of venue allowed the members to take part in the annual celebratory tribute to the life, works and spirit of the great Scottish poet Robert Burns (1759- 1796).

The Burns Lunch was a huge success with twenty-eight members attending the celebration of the bard. Glasses were charged for the toasts: the haggis was celebrated in fine style after being piped in by Garry Brindley, with Ian Smith as the hauder, and addressed by Billy Hunter. Alan Wood delivered the Selkirk Grace. The food was excellent and served promptly by the hotel staff. At the end of the meal there were recitations by Peter Newell and Ian Smith to complete the event.

Piper Garry was so encouraged by his reception and the welcome he received from the Shedders that he has offered to pipe us in when we officially open our interim Shed.

Heartfelt thanks were given to Robert, Ian and Allan for their organising skills, the piper Garry, Billy, Allan, Peter and Ian and the owner and staff of the Queens Hotel.

Following the lunch, the Shedders continued to socialise and secretary Douglas was able to announce that we have now received a grant of £968 from Age Scotland to purchase dust control equipment for our Shed.

The next meeting will be on the 1st February in the Bath Street Community Centre at 12.30.  There is no planned speaker and members are encouraged to bring along projects or hobbies to talk about with the Shedders. We are hoping to get access to the Civil Defence Bunker later on in the afternoon as this will allow the members to see the equipment, tools and furniture we have been collecting and storing in preparation for Shed start-up.
                             Tea, coffee, cakes and biscuits are available.

Dates for your diary:
8th February visit by M.P. Andrew Bowie
TBA – Visit to the Poly-tunnel at Mackie
TBA – Indoor bowls event

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