Thursday, July 4, 2019

A while ago a Doreen came to us with her beloved push bike that she used to ride to school way back when. It was so rusted & the frame was broken we suggested it be thrown on the tip. Apparently she had lent it to some family members & they had left it out in the elements for a long period until she happened to see it when visiting &  retrieved it. Horrified at our suggestion she pleaded with us to fix it or could we dispose of it as she couldn't bring herself to do it. John Devenport being the softie he is once again put his hand up to see what he could do with it but made no promises. He did not let it beat him & here are the results of his perseverance with new white wall tyres & tubes new pedals, new handle grips,new bell, new reflector & a complete re-spray after everything else repaired.  

Needless to say Doreen was so overjoyed she cried
Well done John but you need to learn how to say NO!!!

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Bateau Bay Men's Shed was an idea proposed by Colleen Cooper who was an employee of ADSSI.
There was a building they had built at the rear of Tuggerah Lakes Community Centre that had become too small for their needs so it was just sitting vacant. She put the proposal to John Sharples & mentioned there was a $30,000 grant up for grabs. John couldn't believe his luck & jumped at the chance to start a shed in this area. He gathered together some other interested men & set the wheels in motion in June 2009. The initial members were John Sharples, Nigel Stretton, Barrie Mitchell, Kevin Armstrong, John Innis, David Boulton, Allen Booth. Kim Hopkins & of course Colleen Cooper.
Being our 10th year of successful operation the administration thought it would be appropriate to acknowledge these guys efforts in starting a men's facility which now has a membership of over 90 men. It was decided to offer all members a spit roast meal in the Community Centre function hall which 56 accepted. Also invited was Colin Hession (ADSSI), Colleen Cooper (Central Coast Health), John Sharples (representing AMSA), David Mehan MP for the Entrance. ADSSI also made a very generous donation of a $200 gift card which was much appreciated.
  On behalf of all members we would like to thank these Foundation Members for their dedication in setting up the shed & introducing a wide range of policies, thus making transitions & change in administration as easy & smooth as possible.

 Our Foundation Members

And with their appreciation awards
Left to right  John Innis John Sharples Colleen Cooper Kevin Armstrong 
Barrie Mitchell Nigel Stretton

Colleen Cooper our Shed Goddess
Our President with Colin Hesson from ADSSI
David Mehan Re-elected State MP for the Entrance
 Our invited guests were first to be served

Some of the members in for their chop

Monday, July 1, 2019

Sadly our shed lost another member, Bryan Frendin in May this year.
 He came to us through Centrelink to volunteer as per his Newstart obligations & joined in January 2014. Initially he was very tentative about his ability but the boys took him under their wing & gave him the confidence to have a go while being taught new skills. He became so skilled we could just ask him to make something from a drawing & he could do it without much help or guidance from other members. We only had to ask & Bryan was the first to put his hand to help.That's the sort of guy he was. It has been relayed to us by some of his friends he regarded our shed members as his family to the point he was cremated in his beloved Men;s Shed Shirt. A huge representation from our shed attended a testimonial at Toowoon Bay SLSC for the scattering of his ashes. 


Sunday, February 24, 2019

On Saturday 23/2/19 your President had a huge healthy tree come down in his backyard. The property's backyard faces Wyong Rd  Before he noticed it was down Austgrid were passing, attended the site & disconnected the power from the broken street light on the pole that was holding the tree up off the road. 
Our member phoned SES & although not life threatening at the time, if the pole snapped, someone in a passing vehicle could have been seriously hurt or killed. Within the hour 2 people from SES were onsite to assess the situation & organise the task of making the area safe for everyone. Together with Austgrid the area was made safe & SES returned on Sunday morning to finish the job.
These people are all volunteers, on call 24/7 & do not get enough recognition or thanks for the outstanding work they do.

On behalf of Bateau Bay Men's Shed & the Men's Shed movement we want to thank you all for keeping us safe whenever an emergency arises. 

 Your efforts are virtually priceless to the Community

Enjoying a well earned cuppa  prepared by President's wife Krystina
We need to look after these guys

Friday, January 18, 2019

This is personal input from the President of Bateau Bay Men's Shed.

It seems to me that making connection with the younger generation through the Men's Shed movement is becoming harder & harder. And it is not our doing.
We at Bateau Bay used to host young boys & girls at vacation times for 1x1/2 day & had items pre-cut ready for them to assemble, paint & take home. It wasn't unusual for us to start pulling the roller shutters down to make them go home. They just didn't want to leave. The requirements on us to continue were impossible.
The PCYC approached us with the view having 1-2 fully supervised (by Police) youths come to the shed to gain some sort of training. Even if  it was only to make them understand; they need to get out of bed & get themselves to the Shed on time as required with a proper job because the world doesn't owe them a living. 
 At the Shed, put their phones away & learn something meaningful. From the powers that be we were advised to consider this move as it could be very risky & leave us open to all sorts of legal issues.
 This is just 2 of the many barriers we have encountered.
With all the do gooders, red tape, protection agencies, insurance companies & anybody else that can have their two bob objections heard the kids are missing out. At every turn, if they are enjoying or will enjoy an activity someone is taking it away. I won't comment on the removal of roundabouts & monkey bars from playgrounds. It,s time to allow responsible people on all levels to remove the kids from the no risk bubble they have been placed in & let them grow in the real world.  
Forget the what ifs & stop trying to fix things that are not broken.

Although being around for many years Essential Oils are all the go at the moment.
The Presidents' daughter has a small side business with one of the top oil manufactures.
After many requests from clients she asked if we would be interested in making up-market storage racks as an income for the Shed. 
To support the Shed she would offer them to whoever wanted one without taking a commission for herself. So far it has worked out excellent & is another income stream for us. 

These are just a couple of racks we have made so far
If you were to ask John Mills what he likes to do he would tell you metalwork & welding to the nearest 1/2".
But being one of our more talented members he is able to turn his hand to almost anything.  
He has been doing a bit of woodwork lately. 
Someone in his family (probably his wife Pam) asked if he would tackle a bird feeder/shelter for the outdoors. 
Always up to the challenge he agreed & after a couple of weeks it was finished.
Some other members were so impressed with it they are going to make one the same for themselves. 

Looks like a pretty good job for someone who works to the nearest 1/2"