July 2019

Garage Sale / Open Days

Message from the Shed Manager

  • MIndy Wall has commissioned the shed to build a replica of her own doll house that she had as a kid.
    This is not the first time we have been asked to reproduce a favourite doll house from the past.
    Alan Larkin has spent the last few months reproducing a doll house that once was a present from the client's grandparents.

"a very happy birthday girl and her big brother "

  • The rocking horse built by Peter Machin and Glen Cox has been crated and dispatched to Peter’s great grandson in the USA.

President's Report

by Ken Ryan

PRESIDENTS REPORT JULY 2019

 The relocation of the 2 air compressors is complete and they are now housed under cover at the rear of the shed. The supply lines are also complete and compressed air is fed down both sides of the shed with approximately 10 outlets in strategic areas. Great work by Jacko, Terry and their helpers.

 A long belt sanding table has been donated to the shed and has been installed in the North East corner of the shed. Glenn has taken ownership and enclosed the moving parts with an excellent set of covers making the machine very safe.

 Another new machine close to being commissioned is the XYZ router which is located adjacent to the long belt sander. The XYZ router was provided by Baz Guest. Thanks Baz. This machine will allow many types of shaping etc including levelling of slabs. Glenn is also involved in commissioning the router. Great work Glenn.

 A reminder that membership fees for 2019/20 are due now and membership will lapse if not paid before 30th August. Please discuss with the shed manager if there are special circumstances affecting the payment of fees.

 Ken Howe has arranged for a police officer to be a guest speaker at SMOKO on 26th July. I believe the theme will be security around the home etc..

 Safety in the workshop is top priority particularly around machinery. We will be conducting “toolbox” meetings at SMOKO regularly to enforce safety, cleanliness and correct use of tools. Also members MUST be signed off before using any machine.

 Regular member Neville Colligan has had a nasty fall and suffered a broken hand, broken ribs and a knock to the head. Get well soon Neville, we miss the light-hearted banter you deliver!

Ken Ryan

Wrap Up - Men's Health Week 2019



We've marked another Men's Health Week (10 - 16 June) with a number of great events and initiatives promoting positive and proactive health & wellbeing for Australian men. 

To kick off the week AMSA Men's Health Project Coordinator Stuart Torrance visited Cessnock Men's Shed & Community Garden (NSW) and then headed down the highway to attend the Western Riverina Men's Shed Health Gathering hosted by Leeton Shire Men's Shed (NSW).

AMSA Events & Volunteer Coordinator Marty Leist was also out and about - visiting Coral Coast Men's Shed Men's Health Gathering (Qld) & the Carina Men's Shed Men's Health Week Expo (Qld). Both events attracted a great crowd, covering all things men's health over a number of different activities during the week. 

Backed by our partner CRC Industries & the Penrite Racing Team, we launched the first phase of our refurbishedSpanner in the Works? at the Darwin leg of the Supercars Championship - the AMSA logo even featured on the Penrite Racing Car for the occasion! With the support of CRC Industries, we've teamed up with Healthy Male to completely refurbish, improve and expand the reach of Spanner in the Works?.

Visit malehealth.org.au for more Spanner in the Works? info and sign up to the newsletter for regular men's health updates!


Thanks from Gilgandra

25th June 2019


Don Kennaugh from Gilgandra Men's Shed , with Ken Ryan

A couple of photos taken on 26th June with Don Kennaugh from Gilgandra Men's Shed presenting our shed with a bowl with an engraved plaque thanking us for the donation to their district in aid of drought relief.
Ken Ryan, President.


Donation from Commonwealth Bank

25th June 2019


Presentation of $500 by Louise Mengel,  Manager of the Commonwealth Bank, Park Beach Plaza.

"The manager of the Commonwealth Bank Branch at the Plaza called me today and explained that CBA branches throughout Australia have been asked to donate $500 to a local community based organisation. The staff at the Plaza Branch selected the Coffs Harbour Men’s Shed as the recipient of the $500 donation in recognition of our contribution to the community. On Tuesday  25th June, the Manager, Louise Mengel, will be joinied us for Smoko and made the presentation. Louise asked me what the donation would be used for and I suggested that it would go part of the way to provide floor coverings in the mezzanine."
Ken Ryan, President.


A grateful crew of shedders thanks Louise for the donation.


Day trip to Slim Dusty Museum

27th June 2019

"The day started at 8:00am at the shed and after "seat allocations" were made the convoy took off for Kempsey. We arrived at the Slim Dusty Centre approximately 90 minutes later and were greeted by a volunteer of the centre who took our group photo and directed us to the function area where we were treated to a Devonshire Tea with yummy scones, jam and cream. During the morning tea we were entertained with an old time singalong. After the singalong we toured the fantastic memorabilia section of the centre which I can highly recommend. The amount of items from Slim's career on display is amazing. It includes all his gold and platinum records together with all his golden guitar awards. Much of his life's history is displayed with personal items from Slim's travels.



Next port of call was "Lou's Café" at Kempsey for a very enjoyable lunch only marred by Neville having a lime malted milkshake!!@@#!
After lunch we headed for Nulla Nulla which is where Slim was raised. The home is about 50Km west of Kempsey and about 25Km north of Bellbrook. The home stands as it was when Slim lived there and I believe that it was purchased back by the family after having been sold some time ago.



From Nulla Nulla we headed across country to Taylors Arm and the "Pub With No Beer". Most of us proved that it was not true and a refreshing brew was had to celebrate a very enjoyable day.


After a long day we finally arrived back in Coffs about 4:30pm, but every minute of the day was a great experience.

A big thankyou goes to Ken Howe and Warren Sanger who organised the day and I can highly recommend to members to join in these outings when available in the future. Having a social day out with fellow members is a great way to bond and experience the mateship of fellow members. Many yarns were told and lots of laughs added to the day."



Donation from Park Beach Bowling Club

3rd July 2019

Generous Donation from a local club.


Kelly Walcot, Administration & Events Manager of the Park Beach Bowling Club has sent this photo of the presentation of $4,000 to our shed, by the Park Beach Bowling Club today. CEO Thane Duncan and Chairperson Bev White made the presentation. The donation was made after a grant application to obtain funding to provide floor covering to the mezzanine.

Morning Tea with the Lioness Ladies

9th July 2019

Attached photo from this morning's smoko which was provided by the Coffs
Harbour Pacific City Lioness ladies. These ladies have been long time
supporters of our men's shed and have made several donations over the years.
A big thankyou goes to the Lioness Ladies for a delicious spread at smoko.



Shedders at work

A look around the shed

Another fine piece of Restoration by Tom...


Before



and after...


Supporters of the Coffs Harbour Men's Shed

The Coffs Harbour Community Men's Shed wishes to thank all our supporters, both large and small, for their ongoing support and generous donations of time and money.