There has been great progress in developing the premises in the last few months and getting involved in several new projects as well as initiatives to generate some income.
A craft room and clean area have been created and the rest of of the building has been converted into a workshop to house woodworking and metalworking equipment and a smithy area. The conversion included the installation of electrics, water, heating, dust extraction as well as painting the floor and walls. All the conversion work was done by our own members.
The wood working equipment includes lathes, saws, a planer, drills and small tools while the metalworking area is equipped with a lathe, drill, metal bending facility and the requisite accessories. In addition, there is a fully operational forge and welding facilities. A shed to house dust extractors has been built at the rear of the building and a metal container has also been installed there to provide a wood store.
The two portacabins, which were purchased with funds from NHS Grampian Endowment Small Grant Fund, are sited adjacent to the Workshop. They have been converted to provide a social area, complete with a wood burning stove, a kitchen and toilets. Disabled access and facilities are also provided.
Inverurie Men's Shed is grateful to financial support from:
Integrated Turbine Systems
Special mention to three Meldrum Academy pupils, Craig Jarvie, Max Waring and Reece Cormack, who chose us as their charity for two successive years to compete in the Youth Philanthropy Initiative programme funded by the Sir Ian Wood Family and have won £3000 for the Shed, making a total of £6000 over the two years.
We are very grateful to Marks and Spencer for adopting Inverurie Men's Shed as their charity of the year.
Our project received £10482.10 from the People's Postcode Trust to purchase machinery for our metal workshop. The People's Postcode Trust is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People's Postcode Lottery.
Funding has continued through grants from:
Garioch Area Committee Top-up Fund
Christina Mary Hendrie Trust
NHS Grampian Endowment Small Grants
Acorn Centre Small Grants
Keep Scotland Beautiful
Aberdeen University Students Association Raising and Giving Campaign
Garioch Charities Shop
People's Postcode Lottery
National Lottery Awards for All Scotland
and financial support from:
Investec Wealth and Management Ltd
Aberdeenshire Infrastructure Services
Garioch Plant Hire
Apache North Sea
Inverurie Rotary Club
Inverurie Round Table
and a number of private donations.
Special mention to three Meldrum Academy pupils, Craig Jarvie, Max Waring and Reece Cormack, who chose us as their charity to compete in the Youth Philanthropy Initiative programme funded by the Sir Ian Wood Family and won £3000 for the Shed.
The application for a Community Asset Transfer has been successful and we now have permanent premises at Unit 19, Harlaw Way, Inverurie AB51 4SG. A craft room and clean area has been created and work is ongoing to convert the rest of the building into a workshop for metalwork and woodwork.
Two portacabins have been purchased thanks to funding from NHS Grampian Endowment Small Grants Fund and the foundations have been laid. They will be refurbished to provide toilets, a changing room, kitchen facilities and a social area and an application for a building warrant for the siting of the cabins adjacent to the building has been submitted to Aberdeenshire Council.
Inverurie and District Men's Shed has purchased and erected a polytunnel in the Community Space at Harlaw Day Centre. This is the first Men's Shed polytunnel in Aberdeenshire. Members are busy growing a wide range of vegetables, flowers etc. Jim McColl of BBC TV Beechgrove Garden fame opened the polytunnel. The money to purchase the tunnel was obtained from a generous grant from the Aberdeenshire Health Improvement Fund. Travis Perkins and Breedon Aggregates provided materials.
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