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.

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

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.

 

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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.