Saturday, December 20, 2014

It's no good whining  fellas. 
This is why your wastelines are expanding!!!

Below is just a small sample of the cakes that are supplied to the shed members on the 3 days we are open.
They are donated by NOT JUST CAKES outlets & are the leftovers not sold the day before.
All the stuff we shouldn't eat at our age.
Maybe this is why our membership is growing so rapidly.

Not to worry though boys,
there's a Defibrillator on the way (hopefully)
 in the New Year 

Monday, December 1, 2014

One of our major sponsors ADSSI Home Living gave us a large cash donation some months ago.
They said it could be used as decided by the majority of members.
When put to the men, it was almost unanimous the funds be used to enable our newly elected committee gain a current First Aid Certificate.

We called on Julie Rigg (whom the Shed has used in the past) for instruction & practical training to enable them to qualify for the Certificate.

To make up the numbers required for a substantial discount the New Community Garden was offered the chance to participate & 2 of their Committee completed the coarse. They naturally paid their own expenses.  

It was a big day for all as they had to get the memory going & brush off the cobwebs from the grey matter but they all managed to pass in the end.

Those of the Shed Committee now qualified are:

Fred Murray----Richard Howison 
Peter Crabbe----John Mills
Ron Belshaw----Graham Craike
Clive Tubnor

and from the Community Garden 
Nigel Stretton----Kevin Armstrong

The idea is to keep him alive  fellas

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Little Tommy Greene has tackled another intricate project for us.
Rita Hogan had 2 sets of  English silver cutlery and only had a storage box for 1 set. 
She asked the shed to make her another container exactly the same as the sample she brought to us.
Tom immediately put his hand up to do the job after we volunteered him for the task.
There was a lot of worrying & sleepless nights ('cause that's what Tommy does) before he figured out how to get the end result exactly right, as seen in the photos below.  
He lost a lot of hair lining the box with the red self adhesive felt. 
I think we may even have heard a few swear words. Not like Tom.
 Anyway, job's done & Rita was so thrilled to receive the finished product she gave us a donation plus a nice bonus as well!!

Ask Tom & he'd say "yeah it turned out ok"

Ask the shedders & they say "top job Tommy"

Monday, November 24, 2014

Any Keen Fishermen About

This is Colin Hession with his setup for making fishing lures  .
Col has been a member for some time now & has adapted the equipment he brought to suit his needs.
He attends the Shed most Tuesdays & sets himself up outside with his collapsible table & chair then goes 
for it, making various lures for both fresh & saltwater fish. 
He has even made lures to order for some of the members.

You Have The Patience Of Joab Colin

Our Shed constructed the display boxes for HMAS Swan and HMAS Sydney 1 to which  perspex fronts and LED lighting were later fitted. For the last four months Peter Rea has been working on a cut-away illustration which shows in great detail the internals of HMAS Swan & is exactly the same size as the model.
 The 1.5m long model built by Michael Evans, was acquired by 'History and Heritage, Hunter to Hawkesbury Research' (4HR) for it's Centenary of Anzac exhibition. Planned  unveiling is the week prior to Anzac Day 2015.

The model has been previewed, this year, throughout Oct. and Nov. as part of the Brisbane Water Historical Society WWI exhibition at Henry Kendall Cottage & Museum.. The Society has requested the exhibition be held over until it is required for the 4HR Anzac exhibition.
The Men's Shed has also constructed a second display box for which 4HR will be acquiring a 1.8m long model, of HMAS Sydney I also built by Michael Evans. At the same time Peter Rea from 4HR is constructing a model of SMS Emden, which Sydney destroyed at the Battle of Cocas Island in 1914.
Both ships will share the second display box.

 Today the wrecks of two WWI sister ships HMAS Swan and HMAS Parramatta lay in the Hawkesbury River providing a local link via these very historic ships to the events of 1914-18.
After the initial exhibition for the Centenary of Anzac in April 2015, the exhibition will be available at other venues as an enclosed trailer has been donated and is currently being modified to suit.

 Bob Pankhurst was fascinated by the display of HMAS Swan.
 All ages have found the HMAS Swan display of great interest.

Peter & Dora Rea, Edith Campbell (Pres. BWHS) with the model of HMAS Swan. November 2014 presentation day
Presentation of the Banner Stands to
 The Freemasons Central Coast

The handing over of 2 Banner stands by Josie Herod to the Freemasons was held on the 19th November at 10.45am
Graham, David, Rex, & a few other Brothers, as well as their wives were in attendance representing the Freemasons.
Also on hand were Ron & Peter (who finished the project) to support Josie, & numerous BBMS members.
The gift was greatly appreciated by the Lodge, & as Graham commented they will be frequently used at their various functions/services & will replace the makeshift ones they are currently using.

Once again
Well done Fellas!


Thursday, October 30, 2014

This is what our new Secretary does to relieve frustrations.
He sands things.

A new chopping board for the wife eh Richard
Wax on wax off!!
  Annual General Meeting 

The results of our AGM was as follows:
36 Members in attendance.
Acting President Graham Craike welcomed all attendees especially ex-President  John Sharples today representing AMSA.
Minutes of the 2013 AGM were read by the acting President.
He called for the minutes as presented be adopted & signed as a true record of the previous AGM :
 Moved   Peter Crabbe---Seconded   Alan Crompton 
As the previous President of BBMS John Sharples was called upon to report on the first half of his term & Graham Craike reported for the latter half of the year.  
Motion that the presidents report be received:
Moved   Bryan Frendin---Seconded   Tom Green 
The treasurers annual report be presented & received:
Moved  Clive Tubnor---Seconded  Kevin Armstrong 
Also noted was the Secretary/Public Officer complete & on behalf of the Committee submit the required Annual Report to the Dept Fair Trading.
Nigel Stretton (Bateau Bay Community Garden) was appointed Returning Officer & assumed the chair.
After the voting by members for the nominees of the various positions they were informed of the results as follows:

President: Fred Murray
Vice President: Graham Craike
Treasurer: Robert Corlet
Secretary: Richard Howison
Public Officer: Peter Crabbe
Barry French
Alex Lee
John Mills

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Finished At Last!!!
The shed has one happy camper.
Maurie Wales has been working to restore this steam engine for at least 2 years.
When he brought it to the shed most of it was in pieces & in a bad state.
We are sorry we didn't get a photo of it then.
Some shedders said "It's too far gone Maurie it will never go "
They under-estimated Maurie's patience.
He re-assembled it all himself after polishing every part & with a little bit of expertise & fine tuning from John Mills & Mark Smith here is the final result




Friday, October 24, 2014

The ongoing saga of the 
Surf Reel
D Day; 12th October 2014  
60th anniversary of Toowoon Bay Surf Club

Following on from the presentation of the refurbished surf reel a while ago; we were invited to the festivities & represent the shed while presenting award ribbons to members for their 3rd placing in various races.
Graham our acting President presented the ribbons & Peter our secretary took some photos.
Sadly the camera was playing up so we only managed to get 2 viewable pictures.
The rumor is that they were so pleased with the first full size reel they are thinking of having a smaller reel for the Nippers upgraded.
This one will be to show the Nippers what a reel looks like if they don't look after it & what it should be like after we have finished with it.
Watch this space 

Robert Herod

14/04/1946 --- 24/07/2014

The late Robert Herod was our much esteemed Treasurer
until his sudden passing in July of this year.
In appreciation of the support to our Shed by his beloved 
Freemasons on the Central Coast
he wanted to reciprocate with a gift to be used on special occasions at their  functions.
Sadly he passed on before it was completed. 
Close friends Peter & Ron thought it would be an honor to  complete the task for Robert & as it is now finished present it as planed. 
They did most of the work but called on Robert Corlet 
(who stepped  in as the intrem Treasurer)  
to do the inlaid logo of the Freemasons movement.
Both flagpole stands were inscribed with a ongoing tribute to Robert. 

We at the Shed thank you guys for this lasting tribute to 
Robert Herod who will be missed

R.I.P.   Robert

Friday, October 17, 2014

Sorry no photos this time
About 5th Sept. we received an Email from AMSA head office asking if we would be willing to participate in the 
Great Outback BBQ Campaign. 
The idea is to raise much needed funds for the Farmers doing it tough out west. The money is to be used to buy fodder, repair damage done due to drought, floods, bush fires etc. as well as food & clothing for the needy.
We put it to the boys & they all agreed it was a great idea. They said it should be held after the AGM on the 23rd Sept. ( which was postponed on the day) as that was when most members would be attending the shed.
Because a donation was involved it was decided to go a bit up market with the catering & we had sausages, steak, bacon, onions coleslaw & all the other normal trimmings. 
We were having such a good time everybody forgot to take photos of the event.
About 30 members stayed for the BBQ & at day's end we managed to raise $250 for the cause.
It may not sound like much to some, but we feel that for 30 members (most of whom are on pensions) it was a great effort. We even managed to extract dollars from old miser George!!!
We think Farmer Someone would say:
 "Thank you for caring"
Bateau Bay Men's Shed administration also says 
Thank You Fellas

Saturday, October 11, 2014


On Tuesday 7th October 2 of our members were invited to a Rotary Award evening in the Tasman Room at Mingara.

Fred Murray & John Walker were asked separately, by Alex Lee, to come & support  the other while representing our Shed. Neither Fred nor John knew they were to receive an award on the night. Fred thought he was there for John & visa versa.

Both Wyong & the Entrance Rotary were represented by their respective Presidents & assisted by other committee members.

Karen McNamara M.P. Member for Dobell was also in attendance.  

After a few preliminary short speeches a nice baked dinner was served followed by desert, fruit, cheese tea & coffee. Not many backed up for seconds.  

Then it was award time & Karen was asked to read a short citation for each of the 6 recipients & present their awards. 

The surprise was apparent on both our members’ faces when their names were read out. 

John received an award for his previous dedication to organising the toolbox talk agenda for our Sheds & lately his valuable work organising the ongoing problems carers are exposed to over a long period of time. He responded by detailing his passion for what he is doing & the benefits to carers. 

Before reading Fred’s citation Karen mentioned the time she attended a SUPER BBQ (her words not mine) at Bateau Bay Shed earlier this year & how well she was received & respected.

Fred’s award was basically recognition for his Community service with the Shed as well as other areas of volunteering he does away from the Shed. Fred responded with a few short but effective words about how Men’s Sheds are impacting on member’s lives & outlook in retirement etc. He also mentioned to Karen how the concept has exploded in Australia from 300 Sheds some years ago to over 1000 today. He emphasised how critical Government funding was to this worthy cause. 

Congratulations to all who received recognition 
 especially our Shed members.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

This is a trophy brought to us by Rod Smith on behalf of the
 Australian Armourers' Association .
 It had been designed & started a few years ago by Bruce Tough, & Rod. had taken on the responsibility to see it through to completion.
It is to serve as a memorial  to WOFF William (Bill) RILEY, & will be awarded to eligible Defence Force personel for their achievements, boasting a smaller bomb at the side noting their name etc.
The main polished portion of the trophy (we've been told) is exactly the same size as the head of the real bomb head.

It came to us as just loose components with no mounting facilities at all. 
As these pieces were  finished  items our main concern was not to scratch or damage them in the mounting process
John Mills figured out the best way to attach all the pieces, and went about machining the fixings to do the job. Barry milled the centre 20mm projectile flat so it could be screwed on from the back.
The copper data plate was reworked by John to ensure it was all in proportion.
We think it looks great, Rod is ecstatic & we received a nice donation from the association as well !!!
Sorry for the quality of the text plaque image.

 The 2 blokes in this photo had nothing to do with it. They just think they're so handsome  (camera hogs)

Well done fellas

Friday, September 19, 2014

Wyong Ladies Bowling Club needed to gain the members attention at meetings & functions etc
They borrowed a small marimba from us to see if it would work. 
It was a great success but a little too large for their needs.
They asked if we could make them a mini version with only 3-4 keys. 
Our resident musician Mark jumped at the chance.
He had been wanting to make something with aluminium keys for a long time.
He tuned them to perfection & the result was amazing.
Much appreciated by the Bowling Club & a superb effort from Mark!!
Maybe we can call upon him in the future to make a normal size marimba with the same keys.


Saturday, July 26, 2014

About 2 months ago we were approached by Toowoon Bay SLSC & asked if we would take on the task of completely refurbishing a surf reel for them. It was to be used for display at their 60th anniversary, 50's style surf carnival in October 2014.
They asked that it be restored to as near to new as possible because after the event it was to be used as a heritage piece & displayed at the clubhouse. 
On one side of the reel will be the names of all the foundation members while on the other side will be the names of the first crew. 

It turned into a really interesting project for a number of our members. All the fittings were re- chromed. Robert & Mark completely dismantled the reel, restored the ends & made new cedar slats for the rope. Bob turned up the new reel biscuits to replace the originals. Justin & Greg hand polished the frame back to it's original pristine condition. 

Robert made the 2 new flagpoles they also wanted as seen in the photos below.

They all can be very proud of the finished product as seen below.

Great effort fellas