CMS (Christchurch Men's Shed)
It is difficult to accurately calculate our operating costs for 2021 - 2022 however we can foresee that taking on the School House will require additional funding.
The CMS committee has therefore decided to set the 2021 membership fee at £20.
We are also obliged to pay the £1 per session attendance fee at Greystones and it is the committee's intention to apply this to the School House - the difference here being that at the School house, we will retain the attendance fee whereas at Greystones, the attendance fee is paid to the HCA as a contribution towards their running costs.
I will advise later on when and how the CMS membership fees will be collected but I have in mind being present at some of the HCA open days and also rattling the tin at the next mass meeting on the clifftop.
Re-Opening Greystone's Workshop
Right now, the workshop has the look of the Mary Celeste about it!
Not only were several projects abandoned in mid saw stroke at the start of the first lockdown, we have since acquired various donations of tools and timber and not only that but the shelving in the back store room has collapsed (it must have been that last chisel that finally broke the camel's back) rendering it inaccessible!
So before we can fully reopen, we will need a small work party to go in and sort things out and make the area safe.
After that, we might need to think about how many people the workshop can accommodate at any one time bearing in mind there is very little ventilation.
For anyone concerned about going into an enclosed space, I don't see why we can't meet for tea and cakes in the courtyard area behind the canteen at Greystones.
If you have any thoughts on this, please let me know.
As soon as it is possible, we will need to schedule our AGM postponed from last year.
Apart from the need to get together to discuss some of the above issues, holding our AGM is a statutory requirement of the Charities Commission.
More on this once we have a date confirmed.
Notes from the Home Shed
Just when you thought there were not going to be any pictures in this month's comic;
Keith Vinycomb has been busy again just knocking up a few projects from bits lying around.
In future this colour will be known as "Vinycomb Blue".
Les Mercer is attempting to construct an automated badger feeder based on the Archimedes Screw principle to dispense peanuts.
Pictures please Les!
I can report that blue tits are nesting again (3rd year running) in my men's shed bird box.
The box is on a north facing fence half hidden in the greenery and at about 6-ft elevation
So, spring is sprung and it's time to sharpen those chisels, get ready for the grand re-opening and make up for lost time!
If anyone wants me to pass on messages, you can contact me through this email address: [email protected]
(only committee members have access)
....and watch out for updates on getting the shed back together again!