The Aboyne & Mid-Desside Community Shed will provide the adult residents of Aboyne and its surrounding area with a wide range of social and interactive amenities close to the centre of the village adjacent to the Highland Games Equipment Store. A major consideration for the location was that it should be readily accessible by public transport, cycle and by foot.
From a well-being perspective Sheds have proved to significantly reduce isolation and social exclusion brought about by age, personal circumstances or lack of amenity. Men’s Sheds originated in Australia to serve just such needs and they now exist in many locations worldwide. Aberdeenshire has several sheds already in operation and more, like Aboyne, are in early stages of preparation. However, this shed is rather different from most in that it will be a Community Shed.
Once opened, membership will open to all adults residing in Aboyne and District, irrespective of gender. Membership is free, as is access to the facility. Community groups will be encouraged to use the facility, the range of which will be determined by the users and will include a workshop, comfortable social area, computer station and fully equipped kitchen. This will give the opportunity to learn, exercise and pass on skills, new and old – for example metalwork and woodwork, computer use and cooking.
As a not-for-profit charity, the Aboyne Men’s Shed trustees gratefully acknowledge the generous assistance of Aboyne Castle Estate in securing the site. Mr Gerry Robb, Architectural Design Services, has given exceptional help in matters of design and planning preparation. Several funding authorities and individuals have expressed keen interest in becoming involved with this worthwhile amenity. Aberdeenshire Councillors and officials have also been very supportive, encouraging the Trustees to press forward with the project.
Just a few words on the Shed concept for those who may not know. Each Community Shed is different as it depends on what the members want. In our case we see a restful social area with kitchen, IT connected area with wifi, table for eating and meeting and a significant workshop area with adequate storage for materials. Woodworking, metalworking and benches for fixing/repairing/making items from hobby related activities with access to extensive DIY tools. This will be a place that gives people a continued purpose in life through the blend of socially meeting and the work skills we can apply and share with others.
You can learn more about Men’s Shed’s by logging into the Scottishmsa.org.uk site or see our own Aboyne Men’s Shed page on Facebook; and of course here on aboynemensshed.org.uk where you can contact us via the contact form (see CONTACT US button). Alternatively email us at:-
Please note, our Register of Interest is open for interested parties, whether as actual prospective Shed members or as a source of skills support e.g. materials, specialist skills or building plant etc.So please DO get in touch.
Regards from the AMS Committee
Chairman – Mike Brooks ; Vice Chairman – Stuart Robertson; Secretary – Duncan Leitch; Treasurer – Phil Lay; Community Officer – Dave Marshall; Committee Members – Brian Paterson, Ken McLean, John Stodter; Associate – Doug Riach.