Ellon Men's Shed
Ellon and District Men’s Shed – October 2021
The Shed has now been fully up and running for a couple of months now. So we are back to our usual opening times of 10am – 4pm, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.
We had the sad news last week of the death of Keith Stoker. Keith was one of the founder members and Trustees of the Shed. He led the fund raising activities for the Shed very successfully for the last few years. He was a tremendous supporter of the Shed, wise counsel to the other trustees and a fond friend to all the members. He will be greatly missed.
Keith’s family have asked for donations in memory of Keith to be made to the Men’s Shed – if you wish to make a donation please contact us via facebook, email or phone.
Changes to the Shed’s Board of Trustees.
Colin Grieve has been chairman of the Shed for over 5 years. Colin has recently moved to Gardenstown and he and Eli have their hands full running Eli’s craft, cakes and coffee.
As a result, Colin has stepped down from the Shed’s Board of Trustees. As Chair, Colin oversaw the conversion of the Shed building, its establishment as a thriving charity and its significant growth to become an important part of the Ellon community landscape. The Trustees thank Colin for his tremendous efforts as the Shed’s Chairman and look forward to him continuing as a member of the Shed.
Colin has been replaced as Chairman by Andy Leonard who has stepped up from being the Shed’s treasurer. Bill Grant, one of the Shed’s founder members, has re-joined the Board of Trustees as treasurer.
We are just embarking on a project to increase the indoor space available for work benches at the Shed. We are refurbishing a shipping container, insulating the interior and adding work benches. We are also extending a wooden garage by 2m to provide extra work benches. This work is largely funding by a generous grant from the Stafford Trust. We are also upgrading our loft storage area and buying additional work benches funded by the Coop Community Fund.
In the garden, the polytunnel has been put to good use with a good crop of tomatoes. The raised beds have given a great display of flowers, perennials, herbs and wild flowers and a very good crop of beans. We are now developing a planting plan for the winter and spring.
We are planning our first major post lockdown events – an Open Day on the 27th November and a Quiz Night on the 3rd December. More details on both of these to follow.