Author: Iain Millar
Retired IT project manager / IT manager Developer of the basic website for Pentlands Men’s Shed Keen dinghy sailor – sails a Laser dinghy and a Mirror dinghy at St Mary’s Loch Sailing Club Reluctant gardener Originally from Forfar – lived in Aberdeen for 24 years before moving back to the Edinburgh area

Premises! The story in pictures.

Premises! The story in pictures.

We have obtained a modular building to use as our new premises, and while it needs a lot of work, it was delivered to the site on 4 June 2021. With great excitement from all involved, it was swung into place by an expert truck / crane operator, and the real fun started as we refurbished it. This work remains ongoing.

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Sensory Wall & Finger Guards

Sensory Wall & Finger Guards

Stewart has made a “Sensory Wall” for a local playgroup. ‘What’s a Sensory Wall?’ I hear you ask. An excellent question! It’s a board with all sorts of items attached. These make sounds, have different textures, move in different ways, and are all intended to give the children something to stimulate their minds. You’ll see what it is in the photos below.

While at the playgroup, Stewart also fitted “finger guards” to some doors, to prevent a recurrence of a child getting fingers caught when a door was closed.

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Turing Tumble

Turing Tumble

One of our members brought in a “Turing Tumble” to test the logic and brainpower of other members. This is a type of digital computer that uses ball bearings rather than electronics to achieve the desired results, using pure logic to send the bearings to the desired end location. It’s harder than you might think, and very addictive!

Co-op Local Community Fund

Co-op Local Community Fund

Pentlands Men’s Shed was selected as one of three local good causes to get some funding from the Co-op Local Community Fund in 2020/2021. The amount depended on how many people who shop at the Co-op chose to support our cause. Thanks to the fantastic support from the community, we have been awarded the magnificent sum of £1495.22 for the year.

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Playgroup Shed

Playgroup Shed

We received a request to help a local playgroup to dismantle an old shed and erect a new one. In the end this required an area of ground to be levelled, slabs laid, and then the shed to be installed. Well done to the team who made this all happen. The photos below show some of the guys working on the build of the shed. How many shedders does it take to build a shed? Answers on a postcard (or use the Contact Us form!)

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Wellbeing

Wellbeing

Pentlands Men’s Shed exists to promote wellbeing for its members, and to attract new members by promoting wellbeing as its main purpose. For some people, that may be project activities, but for others it may be playing board or other games, gardening, learning, or just a cup of coffee and a chat. If you want to find out more, get in touch via the Contact Us page!

Christmas Trees

Christmas Trees

We are making Christmas Trees that we will sell for Shed funds this year (the order book is now closed due to unprecedented demand). Different designs are possible, with either free-standing bases, or stakes to be driven into the ground. Here is a sample. Prices will depend on the size and the material they are made of. We would supply them unpainted, so they can be any colour that you want to make them. Buy one for each of the kids or grandkids, along with a paintbrush and some paint!

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Boot Jacks

Boot Jacks

We are nothing if not multi-skilled. When asked whether he could make some boot jacks to help someone remove their muddy boots, Stewart’s answer was – unsurprisingly – “Yes”. He ended up making two! This wasn’t a completely simple solution, though, as he had to join pieces of timber to give him the sizes of materials that he needed. We think the result was worth it, and we can’t even see the join!

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