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  • Our news “blog” and updates appear below.
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New Research on Men’s Sheds

Not a huge surprise to us, but Men’s Sheds are proven to improve men’s health.

New research has been carried out by Manchester Metropolitan University on behalf of Age UK, and reported by the esteemed web site The Conversation.

The article, and the research, is mainly about retired men, so whilst entirely appropriate, we would remind people that Men’s Sheds are not only for the retired.

It’s an interesting read, so if you want to read further, the Conversation article is here and the Original research can be found here

Beat the Scammers

Apart from thinking (regularly!) about BMS funding, premises and leases, and taking the occasional bike ride, we are also starting to think about future activities that the Banchory Men’s Shed can offer, and one that has come up a number of times is to run classes to help people with IT and Computer / Tablet  / Smartphone use – both BMS members and the wider Banchory community. But we needn’t wait for such classes in order to help you avoid being scammed out of your money.  Please read on…

You may have seen in the P&J yesterday an article about a Deeside Postie and his mother who were scammed out of £80,000.  This is devastating for them and we hope they get somewhere with recovering the money.  But are you thinking “It couldn’t happen to me”?  Well, before you think that, read this article from the Telegraph some years back.  Any of that sound familiar to you?  Are you sure you would spot the problem?  And what if the line the scammers are spouting happens to coincide with something that has actually happened to you recently – like an actual card loss or a previous problem with your bank – and they therefore catch you with your guard already half down?  You could be taken in.

But, you say, surely your bank will protect you against such losses?  No, often not, especially if you have allowed yourself to give out legitimate transaction details to a scammer.

So, what to do and what not to do?

Prepare – do your homework

Each bank web site will have its own security advice – go and read it and take note.

Some of the information the banks present can however be quite complex and even tiresome to wade through.  We suggest you read the excellent Little Book of Big Scams (downloads .pdf document) published by a number of Police Forces.  This is a nice concise summary of pretty much everything the scammer can get up to, and the ways they can fool you.  It covers not only banking fraud but also computer “servicing” fraud, courier and door-to-door fraud and so forth.  Print it in booklet form, if your printer can do this, and keep it handy.

Also print out some basic rules and keep them next to your phone – either write them out yourself as you will remember best that way, or the RBS Phone Scam Sheet is one ready-made example.

And if the phone rings…

Stay Mindful

Remember – you are in control – there is nothing they can do if you keep your details to yourself.

If they use your correct name, it is no guarantee they are legitimate, but it can start to get beneath your defences.

They will try and get you “on edge” and not thinking straight by saying that you have possibly already suffered a loss.  That is almost certainly not the case, but even if it were, now is the time to say that you will call the bank’s fraud line back to check.  Simply hang up. Wait a while, find your equilibrium, get the bank’s number from a legitimate source and call them preferably from another phone (a mobile, or a neighbour’s).  The fraudsters could still be on the line to your own phone even though you might dial a correct number, simply by them not hanging up in the first place – that’s how the UK phone system works.

And finally

We’ve only covered the one sort of scam here – but do read the Little Book of Scams and stay on your guard.  And if you know someone who perhaps doesn’t have good internet access or might somehow be vulnerable, perhaps print them a copy, too.

 

Funding Update

Recently we posted that we had reached our Phase 1 funding target of £9,000 for the Workshop area build.  We would like to reiterate our thanks to all our funders and grant sources for making this possible.  We are continuing to progress with the Lease details and look forward to the actual build starting.

Soon after reaching this milestone then on 25th July were awarded the maximum grant of £4,000 from the Tesco Bags of Help Scheme and the ceremonial cheque was ceremonially presented by Tesco to the Shed last Saturday.

That’s definitely bags of help

This award together with some other cash built up has allowed us to start counting our progress on the Phase 2 funding drive 🙂  and you will see in the right margin* an updated progress thermometer.  To date we are at £6,000 out of a target of £57,000.

Please keep coming back here to see how we are progressing and also see our Fundraising page.  There are ways to help such as the Amazon Smile scheme which won’t cost you anything, also we have a number of items for sale which might include something you’re looking for, at fairly painless prices 😉 – see here.

If you are not already a Shed member and are considering becoming one, we can guarantee you good comradeship, great craic and the opportunity to contribute in whatever way using your skills, knowledge, suggestions, or just to lend your encouragement and support to a worthy cause.  Men’s sheds are growing rapidly across Scotland for good reason.  See you soon!

 

( * of the front page – or the bottom of that page of you’re on a narrow screen such as phone or tablet)

BMS Receives Maximum Funding Grant

Banchory Men’s Shed “bags” top Tesco Bags of Help award

Banchory and District Men’s Shed is delighted to announce it has bagged the top award of £4,000 from Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme.

Bags of Help is run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork, and sees grants raised from the sale of carrier bags awarded to thousands of local community projects every year.  Greenspace Scotland is working with Groundwork to provide support to communities in Scotland.

Since launching in 2015, Bags of Help has provided more than £56 million to over 16,000 local community projects.

Millions of shoppers have voted in Tesco stores up and down the country and it can now be revealed Banchory and District Men’s Shed has been awarded £4,000.

Work will now begin on bringing the project to life.

The project is the conversion of the undercroft area of Legion Scotland’s Ravenswood Club at 25 Ramsay Road, Banchory into a Men’s Shed workshop and social area.

Paul Evans, Chairman of Banchory and District Men’s Shed said:

“We wholeheartedly thank Tesco Bags of Help and the customers of Tesco’s Banchory store who voted for us to receive the top award.

“Men’s Sheds have become recognised as a major contributor to the improvement of men’s health and wellbeing.  The Men’s Shed movement recognises the particular challenges which men face around life changes such as retirement, social isolation and a lack of established social circles once away from the working environment, and also the isolation and lack of direction which men can experience due to long-term unemployment. Men’s Shed provides facilities to address needs particular to men and the different ways in which men live, communicate and interact.  A common saying is that “Men don’t talk face to face, they talk shoulder to shoulder”.

Tony McElroy, Tesco’s Head of Communications in Scotland, said:

“Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers. It’s such a special scheme because it’s local people who decide how the money will be spent in their community. We can’t wait to see the projects come to life.”

Voting ran in stores throughout May and June with customers choosing which local project they would like to get the top award using a token given to them at the checkout.

 

[Press releases here]

BMS Reaches Phase 1 Funds Total

The Banchory Men’s Shed has reached a significant milestone on its development road by reaching the necessary total funds for “Phase 1” of our “Shed” premises.

BMS were last week awarded a significant sum by the “Developer Obligations” Team on Aberdeenshire Council.  This sum, together with the sums previously built up, total the target of £9,000 which will allow us to make our Phase 1 plans a reality.

“Phase 1” comprises converting the first-in-a-row of the three garages at the Legion, Banchory (the white-fronted garage in the above photo) into a Workshop area.  There are even some excess funds over and above the basic building costs, plus some use-specific grants for workshop equipment, which together will allow us to fit out the Workshop area  and also start on fund raising for Phase 2.

Phase 2 will be the Social area (conversion of the right hand two spaces to the left of the garage in the above picture) and is more extensive. It will allow us to have social gatherings, meetings, and run courses such as IT Technical Surgeries for our own members and the general public (all ideas welcomed). Owing to its scope, it may take some time to complete so until then, we will fit out the Workshop area in an adaptable way so as to be able to use it as both a temporary social area and workshop.

We have still to finalise Lease arrangements and building scopes etc but are targetting an opening date of this Autumn.

More details on our plans are on our About Banchory Shed page.

Thanks for your Tesco & Amazon help

Both the Tesco Bags of Help and the Amazon Smile Tripled Donation have ended this weekend.  Thanks for all your help and input, and once we know the results we will feed back on how our funds have been boosted.  Also, don’t forget these schemes don’t end completely…

The Amazon Smile tripled donation falls back from 1½% to ½%, so please keep using Amazon Smile – details here.

The Tesco Bags of Help scheme continues as normal – just not with Banchory Men’s Shed – please continue to grab your blue tokens and pop them in the box for the Charity you want to support.

 

Triple Points from Amazon Smile

Update: The boosted offer has now ended (29th June 2018)

Do you shop at Amazon?  Did you know Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchases value to Banchory Men’s Shed? You just need to use “Amazon Smile”.

And between 15th June and 29th June, Amazon are celebrating the successful launch of Amazon Smile six months ago by tripling the contribution – to 1.5%

To use Amazon Smile, go to the Amazon Smile start page for the Banchory Men’s Shed.  This is:

https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/SC045943

Or just go to smile.amazon.co.uk and select your chosen charity.

First time through you will be asked to confirm your login details as normal, but after that if you always go to the Amazon Smile page (bookmark it) instead of your normal Amazon start page, then BMS will received 0.5% of your pre-VAT purchase price, or 1.5% for the offer fortnight.

You will be asked whether you want to install the “Amazon Assistant” to “make the most of Amazon Smile”.  We suggest you decline to install it unless you familiarise yourself first with its privacy aspects.  We can vouch that the site works perfectly well without using “Amazon Assistant”.

Once you have logged in via Amazon Smile, the rest of your shopping experience is identical with your normal Amazon shopping, just that you will also be helping us.

Thank you!

BMS “in the box” for Tesco Bags of Help

Update – Banchory Men’s Shed entry into the Bags of Help scheme has now ended (30th June 2018)

The Banchory Men’s Shed are currently enjoying “pole position” (that is, the box nearest the door) for the current round of the Tesco Bags of Help scheme.

From their web site:

“Bags of Help is Tesco’s exciting local community grant scheme where the money raised by the sale of carrier bags is being used to fund thousands of local projects in communities right across the UK.”

When you check out at Tesco don’t forget to see if you qualify for carrier bag tokens and if you want to support the Banchory Men’s Shed’s fundraising drive, please drop them in our compartment of the transparent boxes to the right of the out door.

Lynn from Tesco drops in at Tuesday’s BMS social to meet some of the Banchory Shedders

Our participation as a nominated Charity for this round of Bags of Help runs from 1st May to 30th June and we would love it if you would drop your blue tokens in our box.  Depending on the level of support we should receive between £1000 and £4000 to put towards our fund raising efforts – we are intending to allocate these funds to Phase 2 of the premises.

Thanks, and keep those tokens coming !

Chairman’s Message – and Premises Model

Further to yesterday’s updates, firstly a message from our new Chairman, Paul Evans:

“I should like to thank our retiring Chairman Alan Pumfrey and secretary Jack Ward for their hard work and determination that has brought us to where we are now, poised to go ahead with conversion of the Legion Scotland undercroft to be our own Men’s Shed.  We aim to have Phase 1 (the garage bay conversion) operational by this autumn, and Phase 2 (the undercroft open area) by Spring 2019.  I know that the Shed will grow to be a valued and popular feature of Banchory.  I look forward to our Shed becoming the Go-To place for good causes needing skilled practical support from men enjoying working ‘shoulder to shoulder’.”

Alan P, our old Chairman, has also recently built a useful and informative model of the planned Shed premises which is much easier to understand than complex drawings.

(The photo can be seen at full size by clicking it)

You can see the Social area to the left (Phase 2 as mentioned by Paul above), and the workshop (Phase 1) to the right, being the two rooms with the paper labels internally.  The corridor behind and to the left is the fire escape from the Legion stairs and the unlabelled space to the right holds the existing Legion garages.  For cost-saving reasons, there is initially no door directly between the Social Area and the Workshop, and initially the window between them (which must be fire-safe) may also be deferred.  However, access between the two halves is possible on the flat (for accessibility) via the external doors, and also internally by doors out-and-back-in at the rear.

This is a fantastic model from Alan and really helps to crystallise what the Banchory Shed will look like.

We’ll post soon some information on where things have got to quote and funding-wise

The End of the Beginning…

….But definitely not the beginning of the end!

Firstly, apologies for the lack of “Normal Service” hereabouts. We have not updated our web site for the last 5 months due to our Webmeister becoming seriously ill … in New Zealand … and hence being unable to travel back until recently.  Hopefully normal service is now resumed, so keep your eyes open here.

New Board Members

The Banchory Men’s Shed has been in existence now for 3 years, albeit without our own premises as yet.  Much water has passed under the bridge and we have learned a lot about getting a Shed off the ground.

As becomes necessary, the BMS Trustees/Board have to put themselves up for re-election every 3 years and this happened at the May AGM. Our outgoing board members Alan Pumfrey, Chairman, Peter Ash, Vice Chairman and Jack Ward, Secretary all decided not to seek re-election and the BMS conveys our thanks to these gentlemen for their excellent service in getting the BMS off the ground in the first place, continuing to support us through some difficult moments and to a point where the light at the end of the tunnel has indeed become visible.  Alan, Peter and Jack are all remaining as BMS members; Alan and Jack are remaining as Trustees.

Jack trying to keep up with the discussion!

We have two new key Board members. Paul Evans has taken on the post of Chairman (as well as continuing with his superb fund-raising work) and Lionel Davis as Secretary.  We welcome Paul and Lionel to the BMS board and look forward to working with them as we go forward into the rest of 2018 and further.

The other Trustees were re-elected and are continuing their roles as per our Contacts page.

In other news…

New Website

As you may have noticed, we have now lost the banchorymensshed.wordpress.com site, which was free but included advertising (sorry!), and had limited flexibility, so here we are now at banchorymensshed.org.  This has been made possible through our new hoster providing a free (!) hosting package for registered charities, so many thanks and a “big up” are due to TSOhost.  The old site will remain in place for a little while just to provide redirection but will eventually be taken down.

This new website has been updated with a new BMS Who’s Who, an update to the timeline (Milestones), a new Membership Application Form to meet GDPR (the height of excitement!) and an updated list of Funding & Sponsors.

For those of you who signed up on the previous Blog page to “Follow this Blog by e-mail” we have deleted all your e-mail addresses and have to reconsider whether we re-start this facility in the light of GDPR.

Please also keep an eye on our Facebook page and our Twitter page for regular updates, and on this web site for the bigger picture.

Yet more…

Once we get a moment we will also add a blog post updating where we are with our Premises, Lease, Fund-Raising etc.  Don’t forget to come along on a Tuesday morning, bring a friend, and let everyone know about Men’s Sheds and the Banchory Shed.  Thanks

And finally … GDPR …

Not again! You will have been inundated with messages from anyone and everyone you have ever given your details to and you will be unsurprised to know that we have to join in with this game, even though small charities were exempted from data registration requirements before.

We are still in the throes of finalising our formal Privacy Policy and will be contacting members shortly to confirm their consent.  Our final Privacy Policy will be posted on our Documents page.

Thanks for reading and please await our further updates