Ellon Men's Shed
REMEMBERING RAY SHAW WHO DIED ON FEBRUARY 10TH
Ray was a long serving Trustee of the Shed and was lined up to take over as Treasurer, but failing health prevented him from doing so.
After a career in the merchant navy Ray became Aberdeen Harbour Master in 2006 and retired 10 years later. Ray had a busy retirement, as well as being a Shed trustee he was a tour guide and the car park ‘mannie’ at Haddo and was a very keen photographer, often going on safari to far flung places (especially Africa).
Ray was a valued trustee giving a clear perspective and sound advice to the Shed’s board. He was an enthusiastic and excellent teacher in pre-Covid days when we’d take bird nesting boxes to schools for the children to assemble. Ray’s teaching skills were also well exhibited at photography courses run by Ellon Photography Group in Haddo Country Park.
Ray’s fun and cheery approach to life will be missed by all.
Ellon and District Men’s Shed – March 2022
January and February were busy months in the Shed. In the workshops, we finished the community noticeboards for Belhelvie and Ellon (they haven’t been installed around the town yet). The outdoor benches from St Mary on the Rock Church Hall were repaired and the wood stain refreshed (photo). The men have been assembling flat pack furniture, the wood turners have been very busy at their lathes and the model railway is getting a ‘service’ after sitting idle during the pandemic.
We are delighted to have been awarded £9230 from the Community Mental Health and Well Being Fund (Scottish Government money locally managed by Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action). This will part fund our running costs until March 2023, pay for some new equipment and provided PPE. It is a great start to 2022!
We are increasing our indoor workspace to give more benches for men to work on their hobbies. We have recently converted a metal container and will be extending a wooden garage. Our elderly and leaky residential caravan was collected and taken away for scrap. We have submitted a planning application for a portacabin to replace the caravan. We have been awarded £5610 by the Bank of Scotland Foundation for the purchase of the portacabin. We hope (fingers crossed) it will be installed in late March. It will make a big difference to our indoor work space.
The gardeners are getting things ready for spring. We have planted three fruit trees (apple, pear and plum) in memory of Keith Stoker and several of the men are putting together a memorial bench that will be put into the garden. We are putting raised beds into the polytunnel, and we want to get the late winter and spring sowing underway.
We have been helping out at Ythanvale Care Home by clearing leaves, tiding up the garden and helping them set the garden up for good flower displays in the spring and summer.
We have had donation of tools, a mountain bike and two bike carriers. These we will refurbish and sell. Some of the tools have been passed on to ‘Tools for Africa’.
We are having a fund raising pub quiz at Ellon Golf Club on the 25th March (Covid permitting) and an open day at the Shed on 14th May. We will put more information on our website and Facebook page nearer the time.
If you are interested in visiting the Shed, becoming a member (membership is free) we would love to see you – we are open 10am-4pm on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. We also have a website (www.ellonmensshed.org) and a Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ellon.shed) where you can find further information.