Work on Aboyne Men’s Shed is now back on track

With the easing of Covid 19 restrictions, the Aboyne Men’s Shed (AMS) is pleased to confirm that work on completion of the Shed by AJC Construction has restarted following several months of enforced shutdown.

Thursday, 24th September 2020, 6:42 am

The building is to be known and operated as the Aboyne and Mid Deeside Community Shed (ACS) available under conditions of use by user groups and organisations from the Mid Deeside Community of which the AMS is one such user.

The building consists of two levels, the lower level being a multi-use workshop space with the upper floor as a mixed use social, arts/crafts activities area with office, demonstration kitchen and toilets.

Floor dimensions are 10m x 18m with external disabled access ramp to the upper floor main entrance and ground floor workshop.

Phil Lay, treasurer of the Aboyne and District Men’s Shed, which is the legal owning entity, said: “The main benefits of the project will be to improve the health and well-being of Mid Deeside residents by reducing rural social isolation through a facility built specifically for purposeful activity whether it be workshop or craft room based, or purely social.

“Our ethos is to provide a friendly space for a broad range of activities to help create an enjoyable purpose in life.

“We see this as opportunities to learn and transfer acquired lifetime skills.”

Scaffolding has recently been removed and internal works are progressing to install upper floor insulation, partitioning, electrical wiring and CCTV/ intruder alarm system.

The AMS Committee from the outset sought to work with Gerry Robb Architectural Design Services to achieve a low carbon footprint design, be sympathetic to the surroundings and above all have long term sustainability.

With a near central village location and benefiting from its own water supply, air source heating, solar power generation coupled with future plans for battery storage of off peak/excess solar electricity, the building has the potential to become a resilience centre and act as model to showcase an energy efficient community facility. Sounds impressive.

Mike Brooks, chairman, said: “AMS have re launched an updated web site www.aboynemensshed.org.uk which we will continue to develop and eventually there will be a version for the Community Shed.

“Here you can see many of the funders who have made the project viable and in addition we thank the many local residents who have given their generous support and time.”

Membership of the Men’s Shed is now open and shortly an application form will be available on the web site.

For the whole Community Shed, an operations management group of mixed interests has been formed and are currently in the process of canvassing a diverse number of user groups to assess interests and demand.

Membership will be open to applications nearer to building completion at which time they can better judge what type of users are viable, the costs involved and charges needed to operate.

Dave Marshall added: “We presently have no funds for workshop equipment and although we have gratefully received donations of some equipment, certain tools will need to be purchased new.

“This is why on our web site we are seeking donations to complete fit out of the building and workshop.

“Build program completion is anticipated later this November/December – we started early 2016.

“Opening will be dependent on Covid-19 conditions at that time and prior to that we hope to have weekend invites to come see the Shed and discuss what it may offer.

“Check out our website and Facebook page for the latest news.”

Visit www.aboynemensshed.org.uk or www.facebook.com/aboynemensshed.org.uk/