May’s Newsletter

In our May Newsletter we have news about :

  • our Model Railway event on Sat 6th May
  • our Silversmithing classes, and the visit of donor the Co-op
  • our Bridge afternoons
  • our 3-D printing facilities and their use in support of the charity Remap
  • notification of our next Tool Sale also on Sat 6th May

The May and previous monthly newsletters can all be found on our Newsletter page

Saturday opening expansion

Hi everyone,

This is just to confirm that the Banchory Men’s Shed is now opening every Saturday from 10:00 till 12:00, during Summer.

For full details of all our opening times visit our Planner page

Open again!

A reminder to all – we are open again, post the Omicron hiccup!

This Saturday, 5th Feb, will be our first Saturday re-opening, to coincide with the monthly Legion book sale.  Come along, find a book from the Legion sale, grab a free coffee with us, come and take the weight off your feet and have a blether, inspect the workshop.

9:30 till 12:00 – Banchory Men’s Shed at the Legion Banchory, Ramsay Road.

Our full opening hours are 10:00 till 12:00 every Tuesday and Thursday, and the first Saturday of every month to coincide with the Legion book and car boot sales.  Updates and extra sessions – see our Planner page

Banchory Men’s Shed raises £300 for Legion Scotland Poppy Appeal

Banchory & District Men’s Shed – the first Men’s Shed in Scotland to be based at a Legion Scotland branch – designed, created and sold 100 tall wooden poppies raising £300 for Legion Scotland Banchory’s Poppy Appeal.

Shed members Bill Byth and Alan Pumfrey led the poppy making project and Legion Scotland Area Manager, Alistair Black, accepted the cheque from Shed Chairman, Paul Evans (pictured).

Paul Evans said: “Banchory & District Men’s Shed is delighted to support Legion Scotland’s Poppy Appeal for Remembrance Day. Red poppies have been worn as a show of support for the Armed Forces community since the formation of the British Legion one hundred years ago.

“It is hoped that our Shed, being based at the Legion, will also provide a pathway for friendship and comradeship for our local ex-servicemen and veterans. We are taking particular care to raise awareness of the Shed with our armed forces veterans community, usually already members of Legion Scotland, and hope that they will come along and see what we have to offer.”


Banchory Men’s Shed receives donation from the Source to Sea team

Banchory and District Men’s Shed are honoured to have received a generous donation of £500 from the Source to Sea Team.

Scott Birse and the team raised money back in July to improve local sports facilities and for the Children’s cancer charity, Charlie House by running the Dee, from Source to Sea – starting at the Wells of Dee at Braeriach.

The fundraising donations were distributed on Monday evening, 8th November, to local groups within the Banchory Community. After the deduction of admin fees etc, Source to Sea donated £11,632 to Charlie House and the same amount spread across 15 clubs/organisations and primary schools respectively.

This was a remarkable achievement by the team which has benefitted all these local organisations.  Banchory Men’s Shed expresses their deepest thanks to the Source to Sea team for their their amazing donation. It will be spent on tools and materials that will fit our own projects for good causes in the community.

Find out more about this initiative on the Source to Sea Facebook Page

Chairman Paul Evans receiving the cheque at the presentation evening


An Auspicious Day

As most people will know by now, we were honoured to have Princess Anne officially open the Banchory and District Men’s shed on Wednesday.  This occasion marked the end of a long road to getting our Shed open, and the proper beginning of its life serving the community.

On a day when attendance was necessarily restricted by COVID precautions, by some last minute member illnesses, and because we could only advertise it beforehand within our membership, a goodly number nevertheless turned up.  We saw the Princess meet key Shed members and saw her walk-through the workshop and social area inspecting the various exhibits we had prepared.  Everyone commented that she showed genuine interest in our membership and in what we had prepared.

Princess Anne also took the time to talk to every single member of the shed present, and their wives, as we were waiting outside, before unveiling the plaque (hand engraved by Shed member John Mason) and finally departing.

Our official photographs were taken by Amro Hassan of Hi-Land Photography near Skene and were excellent.  The selected shots are below, plus shortly Amro will post all 100 shots he took on his web site for access.  In the meantime, if you want a copy of any of the photos below, please get in contact by emailing .

See also Hiland Photography on Facebook