March 2019 Update

Many Things have been happening in the world of the Banchory Men’s Shed since we last updated the web site, rather a long time ago. And with confirmation of the main event now received, we can announce a number of matters.

Signing of the Lease

After much work and many months of “final” lease clarifications, the Banchory Men’s Shed is very pleased to announce that in January/February we finalised and signed our Lease with the Banchory Legion, to allow us to proceed with the next stages of creating our Men’s Shed. The signed Lease has now been acknowledged by and is back with the Solicitors for registration.

In achieving this milestone our Chairman, Paul, has managed to maintain an outward appearance of placid control and equanimity, much as a duck on a pond does, belying the reality that below the water the feet have been furiously paddling away, mainly between one set of solicitors and another. Our thanks are due to Paul, to staff at the Legion, and to everyone involved in making this happen over the last couple of years

Our next move is to re-engage with builders and get the building work under way for the “Phase 1” (Workshop) section. We will update you in due course as to how this is progressing and when we have a start date.

Workshop Equipment

With an excellent sense of timing, we are also grateful to one of our members who is downsizing, who has offered to donate his home workshop facilities to the Shed for installing in the Phase 1 Workshop room. This is gratefully acknowledged and we are currently working out temporary storage arrangements between his imminent house move and the Phase 1 room being ready.

Phase 2 Fund raising

Further funds have been received for our Phase 2 (Social Area) plans. In January, Shell UK awarded a sum of £1000 which we are allocating against the Phase 2 funding target, thus reaching £15,500 out of £57,000. A number of other grant sources remain open for applications and we will be able to update in due course.

Guest Speaker – 12th March

Chris Third of the Scottish Health Council will be coming to our social meeting on Tuesday to speak about ways in which you can become involved with improving local health services.  Please bring your partners and friends if they are interested.

The aim of the Scottish Health Council is to improve how the NHS listens to you, how it values peoples’ views and experience, how it respects us all as individuals, and how it involves you in the planning and delivery of health and care services. This is an interesting opportunity to find out how things work.

The talk will be part of our regular Tuesday social meeting, at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday 12th March at the Legion Banchory in Ramsay Road. We look forward to seeign you there.

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.

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.

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 !

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)