The Orkney Men's Shed
Registered Charity SC 046611
It was last updated on August 19th 2016
PROGRESS MEETING AT ST COLM'S
MONDAY 29TH AUGUST 2016
There will be a progress meeting at the St Colm's
Centre, Pickaquoy Road on Monday 29th August from 6.30 to 9 pm where members of
the steering committee will explain how we started, where we are now and our
hopes for the future of the Shed here in Orkney. The informal presentation
will take place around 7.30. All are welcome and there will be an
opportunity to ask questions, meet other prospective members and have a cuppa
and homebakes. Contact any of the steering committee to express your
interest or just turn up on the night. Membership forms (free) will be
available, together with some information and examples of the kind of projects
possible in the Shed, but hopefully you will have your own ideas!
developments with our Shed
We now have Charitable Status conforming to
***Site under Construction, our
Shed is not yet Operational***
The Men's shed movement started in Australia and
was taken up in Scotland in about 2012, the first being in Westhill, Aberdeen.
What is a Men's Shed?
It's just a larger version of the typical man’s shed in the garden – a place
where he feels at home and pursues practical interests with a high degree of
autonomy. A Men's Shed offers this to a group of such men where members share
the tools and resources they need to work on projects of their own choosing at
their own pace and in a safe, friendly and inclusive venue. They are places of
skill-sharing and informal learning, of individual pursuits and community
projects, of purpose, achievement and social interaction. A place of leisure
where men come together to work.
activities in the Shed usually involve making or mending in wood
(e.g. carpentry, joinery, turning, carving, marquetry, furniture renovation) but
may also include metalworking (turning, milling, sheet metalwork, welding) bike
repair, gardening, electronics, tool renovation, boat renovation, model
engineering (model railways, aeroplanes) and even building a car!
Using computers and photography often feature in the activities.
Reclamation, reuse and restoration usually feature strongly – and some say that
is true of the men too! Although Sheds mostly attract older men, some have
included men of any age, women and young people. Whichever activities are
pursued the essence of a Shed is not really the building, but the network of
relationships which develop between the members. Health benefits, both physical
and mental are frequently mentioned by members of other sheds.
We are well aware of the immense practical talent here in Orkney
and perhaps some of you might like to be a part of this exciting and worthwhile
new venture. Even if you feel that you don't have anything practical to offer,
you might just want to meet up with fellow enthusiasts for a chat and the usual
banter when like minded folk are gathered together. Rest assured, there will be
a working kettle and a tin of biscuits 'aboot hands'
Some might be only too pleased to pass on skills learned in a
lifetime of work or just be there to lift the other end of a long piece of 6 by
2 and perhaps learn new skills in the process.
The Westhill folk have gradually developed an income stream by
refurbishing unwanted donated tools ready for sale and undertaking small
projects for the community which would not be commercially viable. This ensures
that they can purchase more equipment for use in the shed and that they don't
tread on anyone's toes who is trying to make a living. This too will be
A few suggestions for activities which might be undertaken at the
Clock repair. Video transfer and editing. Marquetry.
Photography. Cookery. Model making
Boat repair. Vehicle restoration. Fitness activities
Board games. Jigsaws. Darts
Snooker/Pool. Chess/draughts Straw work
Carpentry. Sheet metalwork. Engraving
Ships in bottles. Pyrography. Lino cut printing
Musical instrument making and repair. Pottery. Etching
3D printing. Computing. Rug making
Sketching/drawing/painting. Birdwatching. Fly tying
Amateur Radio. Weather recording. Gardening.
Home brewing. Electronics. Model railways
Stamp/coin collecting. Orienteering. Furniture
Remember, this is not an exhaustive list - if you have something you would like
to try then it is just as valid as any of the others in the list.
Activities in the Shed are decided by the members themselves, within the bounds
of decency and common sense. Nuclear fission and fusion would most likely
How much does it cost
There will be no
charge to join the Shed and no fees for attending but an application will have
to be made and considered by the Committee.
Where will the Shed be?
At present we are looking for suitable
premises, hopefully accessible to most of the Mainland and preferably fairly
close to transport links.
BBC Radio Orkney broadcast a feature on
their Bruck program recently, it can be found on the
Cloud and starts at about 11 mins 30 secs into the program but you might be
interested in other parts too.
Our podcast is now live!
Morgan has now done a Podcast which is now
available on the Orkney Podcasts site
www.orkneypodcasts.co.uk under 'New
retreat place for men in Orkney'
If you feel that you need more information and it sounds like
something you would like to be a part of, please contact one of us:
morharcus 'at' btinternet 'dot' com
andrewj 'dot' swain 'at' phonecoop 'dot' coop
Dr John Corse:
jocorse 'at' aol 'dot' com
ianstallard 'at' hotmail 'dot' com
Ross Groundwater: ross
'dot' groundwater 'at' orkney 'dot' gov 'dot' uk
deharvey100 'at' gmail 'dot' com
please add the correct
symbols to make valid addresses which will help prevent spam
If you become
a member of the Shed you run the very real risk of becoming more interested in
life and your surroundings, more healthy both physically and mentally and will
almost certainly miss many televised repeats of Strictly come Baking on Ice -
you have been warned!
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