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!

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.

July Monthly Meeting

Hi everyone.  Just to let you know our regular monthly “Business” meeting is on this coming Thursday 13th July at the Legion at 2 p.m.  All welcome.

To update you briefly from the 2nd May blog post below, things are progressing again with the favoured option for a permanent Banchory Men’s Shed site and premises.  Advice from those more familiar than we are with the planning process has confirmed our own feelings that Aberdeenshire Planning’s likely objections are themselves “unsustainable”.  We are therefore in communication with the Planning department and hope to hear more by the date of the meeting; please come along and find out.    We have also therefore put the alternative back on the back burner.

“In other news” and as some will know, the Lions in Banchory have closed (see here) but our friends at the Banchory Legion Scotland have taken over the well-known and much-loved monthly Book Sale.  The Legion’s book sale will be held as usual on the first Saturday of each month, at the Legion’s own premises in Ramsay Road rather than at the Town Hall.

For the first such sale last Saturday (1st July), the Banchory (and District!) Men’s Shed took the opportunity to hold a tool sale at the same time, which raised some useful funds as well as recycling some tools, old and completely new, back into the community.

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Tool sale at the Legion

Spring has Sprung

Greetings to everyone from the Banchory Shed, on the first day of Summer Time.  So did anyone find out they were late by an hour for something?

Things have been moving along gently on various Shed fronts.

Our membership has been steadily growing with several new members since the turn of the year including two new members whom we were delighted to welcome just this week. A number of folk have also said they will also be joining once the shed premises are finalised (more on this below). We’ve also been involved with some projects out in the community, with the odd splash of paint being thrown around, with more projects planned.

Our Tuesday social meetings have been regularly attended as have been our monthly “business” meetings on the second Thursday of each month.  Attendance at coming Thursday meetings will actually be back to full strength after the “Bridge Crew” return after the winter series of the famous Bridge lessons from Maggie and Bill at the Burnett Arms – which unfortunately clashed with the Thursday afternoon shed meetings.  However, we now have an extra number of mean bridge players waiting for a game or two.

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Our Chairman finding he was just one number off winning the £19M Lottery prize – now that would have solved a funding issue or two…

Thanks are due as always to Howard who has been keeping things busy on the Facebook page, with the picture here appearing recently of last Tuesday’s social meeting at the Legion, which went well with a good turn-out.  For anyone not too familiar with Facebook, you can see the Shed page here or also click the wee blue Facebook “F” logo at the foot of any page on this site.  The Facebook page has the most up-to-date information about past and upcoming goings on.

Regarding permanent premises, whilst it may look to the uninitiated like nothing much is going on, we can assure you that our Chairman Alan and others are like the proverbial duck – serene above the water but with legs pedalling like mad, below and out of sight.  Definite progress is being made though we hesitate to tempt fate by saying too much here – so do come along to our meetings to find out the latest.

Either way, we look forward to hearing and seeing from you all in due course.

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.

Tim Green visits Banchory Men’s Shed

Today we were honoured to have Tim Green visit us from Age Scotland.  He is their Men’s Shed development officer for the eastern part of Scotland and came all the way from his Dunfermline base to offer us help and advice.  His advice on funding and other aspects, and general experience from other Men’s Sheds all around his patch was extremely valuable.

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Our thanks goes out to Tim and we look forward to having more contact with him in future.

Chalmers Bakery come up trumps again

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Banchory & District Men’s Shed would like to thank the staff and customers of Chalmers Bakery, once again, for the latest charity tin donation of £25.07.  Pictured are Vicky & Margaret from Chalmers handing over the tin to Alan Kelman. Our fledgling group rely on the generosity of donors and is very grateful for all support.

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.

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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!

Generous Donation from Banchory Round Table

Today, Alan Pumfrey, the Chairman of Banchory Men’s Shed has very gratefully received a cheque for £2000 from Mike Sibson, the Chairman of Banchory Round Table.  This will be used toward construction of Phase 1 of the Mens’ Shed at The Legion in Ramsey Road (see here).

This is a fantastic gesture from the Banchory Round and it is very much appreciated by the “Shedders” Community.  This generous donation will help us move our initial plans forward to develop a ‘Shed’ in Banchory.

The BMS has achieved much in its first year due to the drive and dedication of its inaugural members however, we still have a long way to go before we have sufficient funds available to create a ‘Shed’ for the benefit of our community.

Whilst the local community has been generous in its support so far we still urgently require more funding to fulfil our goal and every little does indeed help.

Donations can be made through our Chairman

With our sincere thanks,
from all at the Banchory Men’s Shed