Annual Meeting, Premises Update and Premises/Land Appeal

Men's Shed Logo 180 by 200Greetings to everyone.

The Banchory (and District!) Men’s Shed will be holding our…

Everyone is invited.

The agenda is the usual fare – as follows – but this standard and rather “dry” list of topics conceals an interesting year for everyone, with some recent disappointments but also some further promising developments – more on this below.

  1. Apologies
  2. Minutes of last meeting
  3. Chairman’s report
  4. Treasurers report
  5. Progress of Bancon proposal
  6. Planning permission application progress
  7. Alternative location
  8. Election of officials
  9. Appointment of Trustees
  10. AOB

Do please come along whether you are interested in getting the Shed up and running and into new premises, or whether you would be interested later on once things are fully kicked off.

Without wanting to steal too much thunder from the Chairman’s report or the agenda items covering premises, we have recently had our most promising premises option so far kicked into touch – this time by Aberdeenshire Planning who have firmly advised us that the proposed location would not meet the Planning Guidelines in terms of “sustainability”.  This means that they believe it would be necessary to drive there, rather than being able to walk or cycle – in spite of the location being on the Deeside Way (which, er, facilitates walking and cycling there?), is on the bus route, and is adjacent to other much-used facilities well known to those in the Banchory and District area.  We disagree with their conclusion but now have had yet another possibility raised, possibly more promising, so we will be pursuing that first.

Come and hear more at the Meeting.

In the meantime, it remains the case that we are still looking for a “Shed” premises in or near Banchory and would be very interested to hear from anyone who could help us along.  In summary we need either a building or land which can accommodate social rooms and a workshop, of around 100 sq metres (or more) in all.  If land is offered we have the option on Portacabin style buildings along with a number of transport containers which we were going to fully convert into buildings (with pitched roofs).  If the offer is of a building, barn, shed, whatever, we are able to make adaptations / conversions as required.

It also needs to be affordable and within the means of a small charitable organisation.

So if you have anything available or know of anywhere, please get in touch via our Contacts page.  Thanks!