Newsletter #41

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Stonehaven and District Men’s Shed Meeting 8th February 2018

The regular meeting was held in the Community Centre with 30 members attending. New Shedder Peter was welcomed and members will remember Peter from the interesting talk he gave on the history of the Stonehaven open air swimming pool.

We had as guest speaker Andrew Bowie M.P. who had been voting till late the previous day in Westminster and took the sleeper up to meet this commitment. His chief of staff Gregor Ironside had requested that they join the members, for their social period to share tea and a biscuit, so they could meet and talk with the group in an informal manner to find out more about Shed and its members. Thanks to Peter Cooper and his wife for the home-bakes.

Following the social period our chairman Bill Allen presented on the history of the Stonehaven and District Men’s Shed and the status of our endeavours to find a location for our Shed. He also outlined the materials, support already gathered and the business plan to maintain the Shed on an ongoing basis.

Andrew then talked about being a new M.P. in the House of Commons and his experiences there. He waited weeks to get into an office and is currently working from a converted police cell in a Westminster annexe. When asked about the material state of the parliament building he explained that the proposed major remedial works are required and that there are still electrical cables from the initial installation of lighting into the building. One of the key milestones for a new M.P. is their maiden speech in parliament and keeping the butterflies in the tummy in check was not helped by the Foreign Secretary turning around in his seat to watch while the speech took place. Thankfully his speech was well received. Andrew went on to speak about other parliamentary duties and his role as a member of the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee.

The talk was informative and entertaining and the members gave a round of applause for Andrew and his Chief of Staff, Gregor.

Following the talk, the M.P. had to leave for another appointment and the business of the Shed was discussed. Shedder Jim talked about the Radio Scotland programme “Our Story” and the interviews on air with the members of the Inverurie Shed. It is well worth listening to.

Events team leader Robert is looking at an indoor bowling session in late March. Events team member Allan said that he will go ahead and make arrangements to include a “fly” in Terri-Anne’s café in the club.

Shedder Duncan advised us that Shell had made a grant of £2,000 to cover the cost of a defibulator, heated cabinet and first aid cupboards for the Shed. It is planned that the defibulator will be fitted outside our permanent Shed for use by the community. Duncan was thanked by the members for his actions.

Poly-tunnel news: Peter asked the members to support the preparation for the new growing season in the poly-tunnel. Please turn up at 10.00 on 22nd February and don’t forget work gear. Thanks to Wally and Paul for taking the wooden pallets to the site ready to be made into compost bins.

The next meeting will be on the 15th February in the Bath Street Community Centre at 12.30.  Our speaker is Zarah from Specsavers who will talk about audio and optical issues.

Tea, coffee, cake and biscuits are available.


Dates for your diary:

22.02.18 – Visit to the Poly-tunnel: meet at 10.00 at Mackie

Late March – Indoor bowls event (date to be finalised)

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