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.

 

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 !

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!

River Dee Radio benefits from support by Banchory Men’s Shed

River Dee Radio have recently taken delivery of a new Operations Desk, built and installed by the Banchory Men’s Shed.  This custom-built desk replaces the standard tables previously in use and provides specific work and equipment areas for radio operations, mike supports, computer location and so forth.  The desk was tailored to make best use of the space within the River Dee Radio room (at Banchory Legion).

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River Dee Radio’s new Ops Desk in use – with Graham Ling, DJ of the day (right), and BMS’s Alan Pumfrey (left)

The above picture shows the completed desk in use.  BMS’s Alan Pumfrey was also being interviewed by River Dee Radio to promote the Banchory Men’s Shed.

BMS are very pleased to be able to make a contribution in this way to help River Dee Radio’s continuing growth towards becoming a key resource for the River Dee area.

You can find out more about River Dee Radio on their Facebook page, listen directly on the web here, or by downloading any radio app such as TuneIn and searching for River Dee Radio.

The Shed out and about with Banchory District Litter Pick

Banchory Men’s Shed were delighted to assist today with the Banchory District Initiative Litter Pickup.

Litter Pick

The photo above shows the Shed contingent before the main team had arrived. Also consider this photo a (small) challenge for those you eagle eyed on the matter of apostrophes.

Our thanks to all who turned out – the Organisers, Scouts, members of the public and individual Shedders. A successful day but why do we have to do it to keep Banchory bonnie? Education – its so easy to bin your rubbish or take it home in the first place!