It’s been a long time since we were able to provide you with an update on our project to build the Aboyne & Mid Deeside Community Shed. We are now delighted to tell you that our major funding has come through, the land lease is signed and plans are under way to start building very soon. The message below went out to all our registered supporters by email. For those of you not yet registered, please email us at
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At this point can we reiterate that although it is the Aboyne & District Men’s Shed Committee that is leading this project, the building will be a community asset, open to all and any group wishing to use it (including of course the Men’s Shed!).
The news we have all been hoping for has arrived.
We are pleased to inform you that the Aboyne and District Men's Shed project has now received award of major funding from the European Agricultural and Rural Development Fund. This will provide sufficient funds for a serviced wind and watertight two level building to the design many of you have seen. The building will be located in the old quarry off Ballater Road and adjacent to the Aboyne Games Shed. We are extremely grateful to the Aboyne Castle Estate for the land which is leased under favourable terms.
Contract arrangements are now proceeding to formalise access to the funds and to establish a build schedule with the works Contractor. Completion will require fit out of the upper floor social area, landscaping and paving. This part of the project is only partially funded and is an area where we know we will need help.
The project represents a major new social development for Aboyne. The facility will offer opportunities for local people, as groups or individuals, to become involved in a range of practical activities, projects or events. In opening access to the wider Community the building while providing workshop space for Men's Shed times will also be available for scheduled access by other groups. Accordingly, the building will operate under the title of the "Aboyne and Mid-Deeside Community Shed"
Once we have some of the kick off aspects in progress and the build schedule confirmed we will advise you of a suitable meet up event. While some way from operating we will be interested in resurrecting ideas for what is required for shed facilities, workshop equipment and so on and where help to finalise the project will be required.
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