Hello all supporters. It’s a while since the last update. We were hoping to have some news in November, but, as often happens, there has been a delay with our major funder. This is all explained in a note that went out by email yesterday to everyone who is “on the list”, having previously registered an interest. Before you read the note, please be reminded that although we are a “Men’s Shed” committee, we are now looking after a much larger project viz. Aboyne & Mid-Deeside Community Shed. Having been unable to locate suitable space for our Men’s Shed in an existing building, we ended up having to consider a new build. By the time this happened, it had become clear that there is a real need for a community wide building that will provide not only workshop space, but also areas for arts/crafts, a teaching kitchen and social area with facilities for instruction (PC with projector and screen). Hence the project has become “Aboyne and Mid-Deeside Community Shed” and the new building will be available for use by many local community groups, of which the Men’s Shed is but one. Hope that clarifies things!
So, it just remains for me to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
For Aboyne & Mid-Deeside Men’s Shed Committee.
As 2018 is coming to a close the Committee thought an update of progress would be of interest. It has now been more than two and a half years since a committee was formed to commence the Men's Shed project and search for premises. Our first meeting minutes being the 30th May 2016 with the Constitution adopted April 2016 under the guidance of Jason Schroeder, Executive Officer of the Scottish Men's Shed Association.
Since then we have had our highs and lows but stuck with it throughout thanks largely to the support of you and many other people and organisations. Persistence, proving our project is viable and needed and building a track record just might be going to pay off. Our 3rd submission for major funding to LEADER passed through the Technical Assessment stage, a first, putting us into new territory and was heard by the full Committee on the 30th November with encouraging feedback, but not a final decision. Due to circumstances related to the level of funding required we are informed that a process referral to the Scottish Government is now being made with a response anticipated by the end of January. The final outcome thus remains uncertain but if approved in full and combined with existing funds raised would then provide sufficient funds to build a wind and watertight structure inclusive of water supply and electrics.
Subject to confirmation of LEADER funds approval we would then expect to extend an invitation to you and other stakeholders to provide an update, anticipated in February. Support by way of trades expertise will then be sought for the build phase, development of requirements for fit out, funding to complete fit out and a range of activities in preparation for operation of the Community Shed. 2019 could be a very busy year.
Closing on a cautious note but with optimism, we wish you and your family and friends a very happy Xmas and a good start to 2019. May it proceed with safety and success
on behalf of AMS