Smart boxing to help keep Findochty beaches clean
A new community group in Findochty has been ingenious when it comes to keeping the village’s beaches clean.
The Findochty Men’s Shed has created a total of four boxes that will hold supplies including garbage collectors, bags and disinfectants provided by the local community council.
The cooperation between the two groups was praised by the president of the Findochty Community Council, Andrew Slater.
He said: “One of the locals saw an article on the TV news about something similar to Ellon’s way and I thought that would be a really good idea.
“With Men’s Shed just starting, I thought it would be a good idea to involve them. My neighbor, Phil Jerome, is involved in the band, so I asked him if he could do the boxes for us, which he did.
“Phil did a great job with them and we are very grateful to him and the Men’s Shed for their help. Additionally, the community council would like to thank Steve Thornton of Sign Etch in Buckie for doing the signs on the boxes.
“Obviously, we encourage people using the boxes to disinfect themselves and we would like to thank Marie Miller, owner of Static Clean Queen, for stepping in and providing wipes and hand sanitizer.
“We hope that having these boxes will encourage people who had fun on one of the beaches in Findochty to clean up after themselves. The boxes are near the trash cans but if they are full we would like to ask people to take their garbage home rather than just leaving it in the trash. “
Mr Jérôme said the group are happy to help and are keen to play an active role in the community as they strive to run their own premises.
“We are delighted to have been able to help the community council in this area,” he continued.
“When Andrew approached me about the boxes, I thought it was such a good idea.
“The Men’s Shed wants to go out and support the local community; We are a non-profit, community-based organization that aims to help improve men’s mental health.
“It helps them to go out and meet their comrades.
“The group started a few years ago with the invaluable help of Jimmy Bremner, who is now the chairman. He helped organize many early meetings.
“There was a lot of interest and at one of the meetings we had 50 people.
“Our main goal at the moment is to locate our premises in East Beach on land that Seafield Estate is leasing to us at peppercorn rent.
“We’re looking to set up some portable cabins and a tunnel for the guys who like to garden. We have a building permit and are just waiting for the construction mandate.
“The biggest challenge so far has been funding it. The installation of electricity and water is going to cost us around £ 20,000. We have looked at various sources of funding, but as we have no funding yet. construction mandate, most funders are reluctant to give us money. “
]Mr. Jérôme then underlined the extent of the talent that exists among the members of the Men’s Shed, most of whom are retired.
He added: “We have a good group of guys who want to help the local community.
“Once our buildings are in place, there is no limit to what these guys can do, there is no limit to their talents.”
More information about Findochty Men’s Shed is available on their website Facebook page.