Alford Mens Shed – Christmas Greetings & Update

On behalf of the Trustees of Alford and District Men’s Shed. I wish to extend seasons greetings to you all and our gratitude for your support in 2019.

The Trustees continue to bid for funds to complete the project and are grateful to the Marr Committee, Aberdeenshire Council; the Marr Partnership; the Climate Challenge Fund of Keeping Scotland Beautiful; the Robertson Trust and Emeli Sandé for their financial support. Significant thanks are due to local individuals and companies for their support and particular thanks go to W&W Mackie who have been truly magnificent in their support over the years. Also, I would like to acknowledge the support from Symon Simmers, Simmers Contracts, who provided the steel and steel erection as a donation, Andy Watt Joinery and KNC Groundworks who have helped us work over the years within the restricted resource available to us.

We have had recent notification of our success with a bid to LEADER, who have awarded us circa £28,000, if we can secure matched funding of £8000. The Trustees are already working to secure this sum. These funds will permit us to equip the café and meeting room with carpeting and blinds, to provide conference style seating for the meeting room and to complete the accessible parking and paths around the building.

The allotments and security fencing are almost complete and the compost bins are being erected. The polytunnel has been erected and the raised beds, therein, set out. An accessible raised bed has been completed and already booked. We will be filling the beds over the next few months, weather permitting. The orchard trees have been planted and all sponsored. Thank you to all of the sponsors.

In the New Year, we hope to have the electrical work completed and will then be ready for the plumbers. This has significant meaning to those of us with weakened bladders who might eventually find local relief. The roof is not due to be replaced until the next financial year, but we are working to have this achieved early as the newly erected canopy will need protection. The window replacement may have to be postponed until the next financial year.

On a personal note, I would like to thank my fellow Trustees, the volunteers who have given so much of their time and to those who have motived the donations which we have been so fortunate to receive.

Thank you all, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,