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

Upstairs Downstairs

The decision is made. After a long assessment process (see here), the Banchory Men’s Shed have settled on our premises plans within the Legion Scotland at Ramsay Road.

We are now moving forward with obtaining quotes for the work and with funding applications.

We will be looking to convert the “downstairs” Garage Bay 1 to the Workshop facility first, as this is a moderate amount of work and cost, and during this time we will continue to hold our social meetings “upstairs” in the Legion.  Once funding for the “Undercroft” (as it has become known) is secure then we will continue on to complete the original plan for a downstairs social and activities area.

A big thanks are due to all who have helped us through this process. Do keep an eye on this news blog and our Facebook page to find out how things are progressing – once the building work proper is done, there will be opportunities to get stuck in to help with finishing and equipping the Workshop and Social areas, and our Men’s Shed will finally begin to resemble a … er  …. Men’s Shed.

It’s nearly that time again

Christmas that is.  Had anyone noticed?  No?  You’ve not been shopping in department stores in Aberdeen, then?  How do the staff put up with it?  Each year?

Though this blog has been quiet for a little while, this is due to frantic activity behind the scenes, not to a lack of activity. Things have been moving on in Banchory Men’s Shed particularly with the premises search, and following the Trustees meeting earlier this month we have some good news which we will be sharing shortly, once we have our behind-the-scenes ducks in a row.  So, keep your ears open – or of course, come along on Tuesday mornings at 10:30 to the Legion to our Social, get the latest goings on and generally have a good blether.  It’s noticeable that recent meetings have been well-attended as things become clearer and our collective mood brightens.

TWATTTo that end, we also have our Banchory Men’s Shed Christmas Meal on Friday 8th December at the Legion, at 12:30.  Numbers signed up as I write this are roughly half of our current membership.  If you have not already booked (and most members should already have received a direct e-mail, but it’s not limited to existing members), then e-mail me at membership.bms@gmail.com to get the menu and to book.  We need to get everything settled by the end of Tuesday’s Social, 5th December.

Things with Scotland’s Men’s Sheds generally also continue to be pretty active.  We attended the “Shire Sheds” meeting at Inverurie Shed a few weeks ago which was, as always, very informative and it was great to share experiences with sheds from: Alford, Banchory, Braemar, Dyce, Ellon, Inverurie, Keith, Peterhead, Stonehaven and alphabetically last  but certainly not least, Westhill.  (We clearly need Sheds in places beginning F, G, H…)  It was encouraging to hear stories of both the difficulties with and successes that folk are making of their Sheds, so thanks to Inverurie for hosting that and we look forward to the next one at Dyce in mid 2018.  Hopefully we will have all our news confirmed and under way by then.

As well as this Banchory Shed website and Facebook page (click the Facebook icon at the bottom of this page), there are other places to get updated with what is going on…

Scotshedder2frontThe Scottish Men’s Shed Association has a newsletter which I understand from Jason is going to become more frequent – you can download the latest edition from their website at scottishmsa.org.uk/ .  The newsletters are under “Members” then “Resources”.  Membership is free and you just need to sign up, after which you will get your newsletter automagically.

age_scot_frontWe also have regular contact with Age Scotland’s Men in Sheds group and they have recently put out their newsletter which you can view or download here:  Age_Scotland_Newsletter_Nov_17

Don’t forget, you can also receive updates to this blog via e-mail as soon as they appear.  If you’re viewing on a computer, the link “Follow this blog by e-mail” will be to the right; if on a tablet or phone, the link will be at the foot of the page.  Your e-mail address is secure and we do not use them for any purpose – don’t use them at all, in fact.

Anyway, until next time, or until seeing you at our Socials or the Christmas Meal, have a great time.

 

 

Survey Results

Our Banchory Men’s Shed survey has been open for just over a month now, and we will be presenting the results at this Thursday’s Business Meeting.  Some quite interesting findings, so please come along to the meeting which is:

  • Thursday, 14th September 2017, 14:00 at the Banchory Legion, Ramsay Road

If anyone cannot make the meeting but would like to see the results, we are happy for them to ask – we would rather not post them on the web as they would end up in the Googlesphere, all indexable and searchable and who knows what else – whilst there is no private data in there, we’d rather not have every fine detail sucked up by them.  To get a copy of the survey, please e-mail us at membership.bms@gmail.com

We also have a report from the Premises Team, together with other usual business.  Anyone is free to come along – member, interested or just curious.

See you there!

(p.s.  the survey will remain open so if you haven’t done it yet, see the 3rd August blog post)

Please complete our Men’s Shed Survey

CaptureIn today’s BMS monthly meeting we agreed to issue a Survey to find out more about our members and what you want in a Men’s Shed. The responses will help us understand our membership better, what you want in a “Shed”, where you want it to be, what your priorities are.

We would be delighted if you could find the short amount of time needed to fill in the survey and promise that the information will be put to good use.

Depending on how we need to present the results, we intend to ultimately publish the results, either via our web site or perhaps a Newsletter, but the information will definitely be available via our social and business meetings. Indeed, publication may take some time to gather sufficient responses, but the interim picture will be available via our meetings as it builds.

I’ve sent an e-mail out to all current, past and social members, however, the survey is not limited to current and past members – if you know anyone else who might be interested in joining, even tentatively, we would like to hear from them too, so please let them know about this

The survey is at:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdHY83ksZTZT45E8bZPUL-V7fhJaHPJRvIgIUESufkulS7JPA/viewform

The survey is anonymous, though you can input your e-mail address at the end if you want, so we can contact you. Anyone can use the link, there is no login or sign-up required.

If you would prefer to complete a paper copy, then please contact the BMS membersip e-mail given on the Contact page and we will send you one.

Many thanks!

August Business Meeting – Change of normal date

Will everyone please note a change in the normal 2nd Thursday date for August’s business meeting:

August’s meeting will be on Thursday August 3rd, (not 10th Aug)

The agenda is as follows:

  1. Apologies
  2. Minutes of previous meeting
  3. Membership Questionnaire
  4. Reconstitute Premises Team
  5. Milton of Crathes
  6. Ravenswood
  7. Fund raising
  8. The Royal Regiment of Scotland at Crathes event
  9. AOB

This is an important meeting and will discuss some key questions raised over the last couple of weeks around the premises issue and how we go forward.  We would encourage everyone to attend.

Thank you.

Is it nearly August already?

Hello to all from a dreich Sunday morning.  It seems only yesterday we were having great Spring weather and yet next weekend it will be August.  We’ve not had a bad year for summer weather overall though, with some lovely days and some Proper Rain betweentimes to keep the growing things growing.

Anyway, just to keep you up to date with a couple of things:

The Banchory Men’s Shed Contacts Directory is now in existence and has been e-mailed out.  If you have not received a copy it is because, for privacy purposes, it is only being circulated to those BMS Members already on the directory.  If you want to be added please contact bms.membership@gmail.com and let us know which out of your landline, mobile and e-mail details you are willing to share.

Whilst you may be familiar with and a regular user of Facebook, and follow the Banchory Men’s Shed goings-on there, we know many people do not use Facebook.  Whilst we don’t cover all the everyday goings-on here, we do try to keep you reasonably up-to-date on this blog page.  However – if you would like to hear from us by e-mail whenever we update this blog, you can easily do this.  Look on the right hand side of our home page, and you will see a section “FOLLOW THIS BLOG BY E-MAIL“.  Pop in your e-mail address there and these posts will auto-magically appear in your inbox soon after release.  You can unsubscribe at any time and we absolutely don’t and won’t use these e-mail addresses to send anything else, or pass them on.

SignsAnd by the way, if you’re not on Facebook but want to see the Shed postings anyway, you can do this easily from here – at the bottom of the page is a wee Facebook logo, under the heading “SOCIAL MEDIA”.  Click that and off you’ll go to our Facebook page, which is open and public and does not need a Facebook account.

Over there just now is an explanation for this picture…

Look forward to seeing you at Tuesday’s social (10:30 at the Legion).  With a critical stage being reached on one option, there’s a fair bit of constructive energy buzzing around the premises issue at present, which can only be good to help things move forward.  See you there.