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November Update

Good day to all our followers.  A few items to update you on.

Aviva Community Fund

We got 1148 votes – good work by all, and thank you, considering at present we have a limited number of Shed members.  But have heard today we didn’t get to be a “Finalist”.

Basically, we don’t understand any more how it works!  Aviva’s web page wording is a little confusing and to date we had understood at our funding application level (£5,000) and at £1,000 there would be direct awards.  But the wording can be read as £5,000 projects don’t get direct awards, only a qualification as Finalists; this appears now to be the case.

But to muddy the waters anew, projects at the £1,000 level have been listed as finalists. Further, a number of projects at the £5,000 funding level have gone forward as finalists with, for example, 782, 810, 908 votes, well below our level.  Why were we not in the “252 more finalists” we are unsure.  Confused? We are. But our Phase 2 funding is coming along and there is better news below.

Phase 1 Build & Lease

Firstly, the above disappointment with Aviva does not affect our Phase 1 build (Workshop and initial social area); the Aviva funds were slated for the phase 2 build (social area).  Phase 1 funds are already in the bank and we can start building as soon as we get a lease signed.  The final final final Lease wording is currently with Solicitors awaiting issue of the Lease paperwork to sign.  So it doesn’t quite look as if we will make an “Autumn” build, but we are nearly there.  🙂

Banchory Community Fund

Although we have had a disappointment with Aviva, we learned on 13th November that we have had success with the Banchory Community Fund (Banchory Community Council, Fred Olsen Renewables and Midhill Wind Farm), to the tune of £8,500.

This grant is subject to confirmation that full funding for Phase 2 have been procured, however, this grant is of the nature to allow us to seek funding from sources which only provide “matching” funds – i.e. which match another source.  There are several of these we are investigating but have to date been prevented for applying.

We are now counting our total Phase 2 funding to date as £14,500, as per the fundraising thermometer on our home page.

Men’s Shed Christmas Meal

We are holding the Banchory Men’s Shed Christmas Meal on Tuesday 11th December, at 12:00 for 12:30 at the Tor-na-coille Hotel.  We are thankful to Alan Pumfrey for organising this and if you have not already booked, Alan can be contacted at next Tuesday’s BMS meeting (4th December) at the Legion between 10:30 and 12:00 or via e-mail to membership.bms@gmail.com , for menu and costs.

Vote for us in the Aviva Community Fund

20th NOVEMBER UPDATE

We received 1138 votes 🙂 🙂

Voting has now ended, 11 a.m. 20th November 2018

Many thanks for all your votes.  From here you can see that as we have applied for between £1,000 and £5,000 we do not go forward to the Finals judging round,  If we are among the top 400 projects UK-wide in terms of votes, we will get the funding.

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Banchory Men’s Shed fundraising continues.

One of the sources we have looked at is the AVIVA Community Fund and after our initial application we have been shortlisted for an award 🙂 .  But like the Tesco Bags of Help campaign, we will only get actual funds if you, the public, support our application.  We therefore need a sufficient number of your votes, AVIVA’s on-line equivalent of Tesco’s blue tokens.  Admittedly not as tactile, but with a similar result  😉

You [could] vote by going to the AVIVA Community Fund site (or click the picture)

 

Davie Thomson

The Banchory Men’s Shed was saddened to say a final goodbye to Davie Thomson last Thursday at Baldarroch Crematorium; we were also very honoured to have been included in the beneficiaries of the retiring collection, along with Ward 114 at ARI.  A big thank you to David and Irene, their whole family, and mourners.

David passed away at the age of 69 on September 11th, after a long battle with oesophageal cancer.

He was a founder member of the Banchory Men’s Shed.  He gave his time and energy unstintingly to the Shed and to the wider community. Dave was one of life’s do-ers, always the first to volunteer and an asset to any club or organisation. His attitude and example will serve as a lesson to all of us, to get involved and make things happen. His energy, resolve and compassion were outstanding.

He will be sorely missed.
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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.