A Happy New Year to all

Welcome to 2017 and we wish a Happy New Year to all existing Banchory Shedders and to anyone interested in the Banchory Men’s Shed.

needles_doonAs tonight is Twelfth Night, by now your tree and ornaments are probably down (along with Many Needles!)  and you are thinking about the forthcoming return to “normality” as the festive season recedes.  This is just a quick blog post to remind you of a few things coming along to kick off the New Year.

Our first full meeting of the year will be our meeting next Thursday, 12th January, at the Legion Banchory at 2:00 p.m.  Topics on the agenda include progress reports on the two options for a permanent “home” for us, with, I believe, a wee surprise in store.   If it’s your first time at a Banchory Men’s Shed meeting and you’re not sure where to go, see our Where page.

Before that our first social meeting will be on Tuesday 10th January at the same place, at 10:30 a.m. for about 1-1/2 hours. Tea, coffee and a blether are the order of the day.

All are welcome to both meetings and you don’t have to be a member – just come along and see what’s going on.

To keep up with the Banchory Men’s Shed, our most up-to-date information is posted on our Facebook site, Howard doing sterling work as always to inform and usually amuse as well.

The full web site (this page) is updated as appropriate.  To save you having to visit the site if nothing is currently happening, you can deliver updates automatically to your e-mail inbox. Sign up on the right hand side of the page, where it says “Follow this blog by e-mail”, by entering your e-mail address and clicking the “Follow” link.  (If you’ve already done the “Follow” area will tell you you’re already signed up).

We all look forward to seeing you soon and to a constructive New Year with positive developments for Shed Premises!

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).


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.

Banchory Men’s Shed Web Site goes live

Well, we finally got here – a live web site.

The site is intended to provide an idea of what the Banchory Men’s Shed is, where we are, what we do and so forth, and will work alongside our Facebook page.  The Facebook page will very much continue as part of our web presence and we will continue to post up-to-the-minute updates there, but we will also update any main news stories here too.

You can optionally subscribe to the web site to receive news updates by e-mail using the “Follow this blog by e-mail” link on the right.   News posts showing a date prior to today’s date are posted historically and mostly taken from our Facebook back catalogue – these won’t appear in the e-mail updates.

Hopefully the site provides you what you need to know.  For those of you who are not already members we trust it will be of sufficient interest to spur you to contact us or join us – the more the merrier – and we can always use more help in getting the Banchory Shed up and running.  If you would like more information, have a suggestion for the site or spot something needing correction or a broken link, please contact us.


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.


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



Welcome to the Banchory and District Men’s Shed web site.

  • Our news “blog” and updates appear below.
  • We have lots of other information available about our what our plans and activities are, our history, contacts, what Men’s Sheds are all about and so forth – please see the menu at the top of the page.
  • Also please see our Facebook page or our Twitter page for up-to-the-minute updates and the opportunity to get into conversation with us
  • On smaller devices (Phone, iPad mini) you will find some links and our Funding Thermometer at the bottom of this page.


New meetings schedule

From June we will be changing the meetings format somewhat.

Social Meetings

When: Our weekly social meetings will remain at 10:30 to about 12:00 on a Tuesday morning, but where it is needed to discuss Shed business a pre-meeting will be held beforehand at 10:00 to 10:30.

Where: As well as holding meetings at the Banchory Legion Scotland in Ramsay Road, we will in future also hold our Social meetings in other locations in the community, to both ring the changes and to show our faces out and about.  We will advertise the upcoming meeting venues as far in advance as possible both in this Blog and on our Facebook page.

Business meetings

These will continue on every 2nd Thursday of the month at the Banchory Legion Scotland in Ramsay Road Banchory, at 2:00 pm until circa 4 pm

Community projects / “Pop-Up Sheds”

The Shed’s activites are not restricted to just these meetings – read more on our When page

Chalmers Bakery come up trumps again

Chalmers Bakery 15 May 2016

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.

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!

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

Mearns Academy kindly donates equipment

A working group from the Banchory Men’s Shed attended the ‘old’ Mearns Academy in Laurencekirk back on the 11th of April 2016 to carry out a removal exercise of plant and equipment not needed by them and so kindly donated by their Governing Authority to the Banchory Men’s Shed. This equipment goes a long way to providing much of the “traditional” equipment often found in Men’s Sheds around the world.  (All we need now is a Shed!)

The exercise took three days and the pictures below show the “haul” from just one of the days.

The removed equipment is being relocated to our ‘home’ at the Banchory Legion Scotland premises in Ramsay Road where it will be stored until we receive sufficient grant funding to enable the premises to be converted as per the plan.

Many thanks to all the team who turned up on the day and for the sterling work undertaken.