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As you will see from our Events Calendar, we will be receiving a visit from Alison Clement (Public Health Wales  ) on the 19th July. This is the information she has sent me. If you know of anyone who would be interested invite them along.   

There are two opportunities to be on TV have come our way. Very often at the back of TV programme papers there are opportunities for you to sign up to appear on TV programmes. Always bear in mind when dealing with television companies they will offer you something but they will want something in return

One television company has been in touch with us because they have heard of us. The other came to us via a company that is involved in Adult Education.

The first one, is the company that makes the programme “The Apprentice”. They had heard about our ukulele group. What they are offering is the opportunity to go into a recording studio to have tuition and to record a song. What they want is a story that they can put on air. They want to see the improvement you make in the studio and they want a story about the song.

That programme will be done as a group. The second one will be done as an individual. I have had experience of this problem and I have seen the benefit of seeking help. If you are interested either get in touch yourself or come to me and I will help you.

I will be asking for further information and will let you know as soon as I get it. 

When others were in our workshop, fabric engineering was taking place upstairs. John Gates is seen preparing the men in sewing techniques, ready for us to make our own waistcoats. John teaches at the local adult education centre.

Covering Notes 1st June 2018:

P2 SaH Project Costs – These are cost put towards the Health Lottery Grant

P2 HM Project Costs – Paid to Andre for Exhibition last year.

P2 BE Project Costs – Paid to Les Jones for FareShare Food delivery.

ShedQuarters pays £10 per week against a £12.50 per week bill to FareShare. ShedQuarters pays 80% of the food delivery, the remaining 20% is paid by the Courthouse for the Youth Projects. Up to now, we have not received invoices or lists of items received. I have asked Les to supply these from now on.

Colin Jordan is the new Treasurer and he is doing well. We have decided to keep cash payments to a minimum, this is too confusing in the day book. We will endeavour to bank all cash and not have a float. I have spoken to Les about cash purchases of tea, coffee and other small emergency items and he has agreed to save up the receipts and receive a cheque at the end of an appropriate period.

Please try and bring change each week for your membership/subs.

The Membership/Subs credits are easily covering our running costs and, from membership/subs, we have been able to buy an Indoor Kurling Game and with the help of our active carpenters, some other games have been created, which were used at our first Games Jamboree.

As you know, Tyrone has been storing his woodworking machinery in the workshop and we have been pressed for space to buy our own equipment. Tyrone has now removed his tools and we now have good quality hand tools, a quality wood lathe and a 10” mitre saw. On order is a 10” saw table and the first of our two laptops.

Yesterday I purchased a mains connected wifi kit, so our wifi problems will be solved, enabling members to access the internet and learn some of the more advanced functions available. I have also asked Les Jones, as the Courthouse rep, to ask their ISP for a free router upgrade.

All band equipment has been purchased, as you know, the band has had donations for their gigs. We bought a Bodhran for £38 to enable all interested members to learn the technique. I have been practising, Colin has had a go for a month and now wants to make his own tipper/stick on the lathe, Mike is having a go now. A visitor from Adult Learning Bridgend also donated a couple of bongos.

As we have a master fabric engineer in the form of John Gates, it was suggested that we buy a sewing machine to make our own waistcoats. John is collecting fabric for our patchwork material.

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If you have any questions about the accounts, please call me, Mark on 07896 621429.

Games Jamboree

Wednesday 23rd May, what a great night. Everyone said how much they enjoyed themselves. Chris the chair from the Caerau Shed wrote to ask when is the next one. Other that the curling game all the other games were made in or small wood working room by or members. 14 turned up 7 from ShedQuarters and 7 from Caerau.

So we split into 7 pairs to have a go on the games. As well as the curling there was roll-a-ball, bounce-a-ball, two games of shove-ha'penny (but because of inflation it was shove-two-pence). two marble alleys and skittles.

The winner of each game was given a voucher. With a prize (four cans of beer) going to the person with the most vouchers at the end of the night.

The night ended well as there was a draw for the prize one member from each shed. Colin from ShedQuarters and Paul from Caerau Men's Shed shared the prize and went home with a couple of cans of beer each.

We received a very nice thank you card and donation of £50 from the Village Association of Top Llangynwyd. They were very grateful that a bench in the village has been (in their words) so splendidly restored, and it was a pleasure to see it being used again.

I would like to thank Alan, David and Garfield for carrying out the work. 

The association was so pleased with the restoration that they have taken a photograph of it to send to the local Gazette newspaper and will be attaching a plaque on the bench to say that it was restored by the Maesteg Shedquarters