Donabate Portrane Men’s Shed has not yet been able to re-start our regular Thursday morning get-togethers in Donabate Sea Scouts’ Den, which were the mainstay of our pre-lockdown activities. Although not as satisfying socially, we are continuing with our substitute online Zoom sessions very Thursday morning, while we prepare for face-to-face gatherings when conditions permit. We can now purchase the necessary sanitising equipment with grant-aid from Fingal County Council’s COVID-19 Emergency Funding Scheme. We wish to thank the Council, their Community Officer, Pat Lane, and our local representatives for their support and help. On the other hand, our allotment has been a hive of activity. Several members have been very busy since the allotment re-opened in May, after the general ten-week lockdown. In the past month, a bumper crop was harvested of cabbage, beetroot, lettuce, tomatoes, scallions, apples and berries of every variety. Unfortunately, our potatoes were less successful; drought and then blight took their toll. A garden shed, donated from a nearby allotment, has been disassembled, carried to our allotment and re-constructed – a veritable feat of engineering! Mulch has been spread on the pathways, manure on the beds and everything’s nearly ready for next year. Any men interested in joining us will be very welcome. Please call Jim on 086-3694316 for a chat.