Saturday, March 14, 2020

One of our very early members George Madden turned 90 on Sunday 8th March 2020.
He said he celebrated on the day with family and friends (we didn't know he had any friends) and had a great time. 
We had (in February) decided to hold a shed BBQ for this rare occasion as he is officially the oldest aged person in our shed. To make him feel special we sat him down to a nice piece of scotch fillet steak with bacon onions and a bread roll while all the other members only had sausages. He was presented with his usual trophy of the shed horses arse (he has won it 9 years in a row)  as well as an official trophy for being the oldest tool in the shed. His only request was that we sing happy birthday to him which we did.


A local pre-school came to us with some bench seats that were falling apart because they were outdoors and made from untreated radiator pine. As they were beyond repair we offered to make some new ones from Jarrah & Merbau at cost and a small donation. The director jumped at the chance to have new and much sturdier seats for the children. 

The ever reliable Tom Greene & Barry Scott cut and drilled all the pieces in their limited time and Niel Elliot who has been helping us out tirelessly assembled them with stainless and galvanised screws. 

The result of their efforts can be seen below.

 Thank you guys 
 This sort of co-operation helps to keep us going.

 Niel putting the finishing touches to the seats

The finished product

Another contribution was made to the Community Wildlife Network who asked if we could cut up and pre-drill timber to make Native Bee boxes. The Network was to hold a workshop locally and needed these to hand out to the public. Because they were supplied as a flat pack the person would screw them together, fill the box with small hole tubing,bamboo etc. then hang it in their backyard or another suitable location. 
It didn't take long to do but was much appreciated by the Network.

  These are the flat packs

  With a couple assembled as a guide

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

After much discussion with our members, and after our large donation of cash to the drought relief, it was decided we again need to make some contribution to help the bush fire victims in their recovery from this latest disaster.
 The towns Cobargo  and  Quaama were chosen.
We elected to send $1000 of the donation received from Eagles Plumbing and $50 from Kathy for whom we were making some mahjong stands at the time. 
We also had numerous bench, power and hand tools surplus to our needs so a decision was made to send these to Quaama Men's Shed to replenish anything the had lost in the fire, and pass the bulk of them on to townsfolk in need of such equipment.   
The reason for choosing these towns was that one of our members sister is the President of the CWA in Cobargo. She assured us that every cent would go to the needy of both towns by way of $25 vouchers as soon as it was received. This then would enable the townspeople  to spend the money locally and in turn would  help their town businesses. 
We thought the Men's Shed would be best suited to distribute the tools where most needed. 
Our member Steve Sinclair volunteered to load his Ute with all the tools and take them down to save us freight costs. On his return he relayed to the members how grateful the towns were for our efforts and surprised that the Men's Shed movement was so thoughtful and could contribute in such a manner.   

A gracious gesture from all you guys  
A special thank you to Steve  and Eagles Plumbing Supplies donation to  enable us to pass this cash on to the more needy.

Some of the power tools

And hand tools as well

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Eagles Plumbing is a huge and dedicated supporter of Men's Sheds on the Central Coast. 
Each year they hold a fund raising golf day for tradies and friends, the proceeds of which are distributed to various Sheds on the coast.
This year it was held locally at Tuggerah Lakes Golf Club.  
Their donation to Bateau Bay exceeded  last years donation of $1100 by $25.
We are very grateful for support like this as it enables us to continue helping the community, as well as various Charities in need of a helping hand from like minded volunteers. 
We thank the staff of the  Long Jetty Branch and all who participated on the day from all the Eagles Branches.

Well Done Guys and Thank You

 Our President receiving a cheque for $1125      
form Long Jetty Branch manager Clinton

After much discussion and deliberations during the year it was decided by the members to once again hold our annual Xmas luncheon @ the Diggers Long Jetty. It is a bit disappointing the All You Can Eat venue has ceased as it was a huge hit with the members and required way less effort to organise. 
This year was a catered affair, and because the Shed was paying for it again, members were asked pay up front if they were attending. The full ammount would be refunded after confirmation they attended. 

We were upgraded to the function room (after someone cancelled their event) which was a huge bonus for us. 
The final attendance was 64 members including some partners.
Although everyone enjoyed themselves there were a large number who when asked thought the meal was not up to scratch and very small.
 After the negative feedback I don't think we will be holding Xmas there next year 

As usual Tubby was right into the Xmas spirit


Monday, December 2, 2019

 Our small contribution to the 
Bush fire Victims in Rappsville & Drake
The latest request from our Zone 8 Coordinator Ray Crawley  was calling on all sheds on the Central Coast to donate what they could afford  to buy much needed equipment for fencing being done by Blaze Aid. They had many volunteers but did not have enough equipment for them to be as useful as they could be.  
Our shed took this on board and after discussion with members decided to donate $500 which was used to buy some good quality equipment. Ray delivered all the donations to the 2 Blaze Aid camps at Casino and Drake. 
He also mentioned that the affected families had nothing left and was concerned the children of these families would not receive anything for Xmas and could the Sheds help. All the Sheds agreed to make toys, refurbish bikes etc that Ray would take up (via volunteers trailers), before Xmas and be given to the kids on the 25th.
All our members dropped everything they were doing, postponed all current projects and hopped to it. Some member's wives did the sewing for the small cradle mattresses and pillows we needed.

From your President a huge thanks to all of you for showing compassion toward your fellow Aussies who are in desperate need of help.

Here is our small contribution  

Neil Elliot   Cradle maker extraordinaire

Start of the cars, buses and semi trailers

Some of the cradles ready for assembly

These guys look happy with what they have done

Some of the assorted toys from our stock

All done ready to go

We once again participated in the annual Samaritans Xmas Box Appeal. Admin discussed with the  Samaritans and the members what they would like us to do this year. Because of the volume of Community work being undertaken at the time it was decided to forward $500 to assist with the transportation of the containers to the various countries. This contribution was extremely welcomed by Samaritans Administration.

Our AGM was held on Tuesday 6th August and was attended by more than 45 members.
It was good to see we needed to have a vote for most positions including the General Committee.
Thank you to all those members who nominated and were successful..  To those unsuccessful nominees please don't be disheartened as we need to continue with a succession plan for the future and you may be elected in the future.

Results of 2019-20 Annual General Meeting  

  Candidates returned 6/08/2019 as follows


      President        Fred Murray

  Vice President         Graham Craike
              Secretary         Richard Howison
       Treasurer          Fred Murray

     Public Officer          John Woodward


 Clive Tubnor

John Mills

Ron Belshaw

John Innis

Welfare Officer      Avery Pearce