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.