March 2017 Newsletter
The new shed organisation following Roberts workload downsizing, seems to be well underway. You should have received 3 information letters directly from Allan (unless you don’t do emails). More volunteers are welcomed.
Incidentally, if you do not wish to incur the wrath of John Gregory and the shed administration, please notify the office of any email address changes , new or extra phone numbers or other changes by a new INFORMATION SHEET available at the office. Also it helps if your printing is legible. John is not good at Heiroglyphics.
Commission jobs have been a bit scarcer lately. This may be a good thing for the next few months as we transit between sheds, We do need saleable items for the Thursday Hub stall however. I have recently started a stool project and could use anyone at a loose end ( No pun intended).
Wayne Crivellone has been tikering with trinket boxes (cigars ?)
A nice restoration by Tony Winter
Apparently the Hub crew managed to sell one of Alan Larkin’s doll houses recently for a 3 figure profit.
There’s not much big money in Coffs, but sometimes we’re lucky.
- We are sorry to hear that Peter Jackson’s wife Yvonne has been in hospital lately. Peter has been giving 110% effort to our building project and we will understand if he spends less time at Howard Street. Best wishes from all of us.
- There has been a box with superfluous tools near the sign on book. Feel free to take a few home as they will not then need transfer to the new shed. If in doubt, please ask.
- Alan has reminded us that unclaimed projects from upstairs will be confiscated early next month then despatched to the tip. Consider yourselves warned (again).
- Please make welcome any potential new member – even if you are half way through your morning tea muffin. That’s why we have visitor’s cups. First impressions are important so don’t ignore these people.
Thanks to the shed..
"I'd like to thank all the members who have helped, contributed, encouraged, and advised me on my kitchen project. Patting myself on the back, it doesn't look too amateurish. Secretly the lack of stuff ups on splashback is a welcome surprise.
Thank you gentlemen, the mens shed is a great place, full of great people."
Member Profile - Tom Skinner
I was born on the 24th February 1945. I could never understand why a couple would conceive a child in the middle of the war in the Pacific.
From the high life of Mount Neville we moved to Eungai Rail. You can only imagine the culture shock I suffered. Moving to a city after all the isolation. I attended school. Starting in 4th class.
We were still living in tents. (That is living in tents. Not living intense) we only stayed there six months. My father left the railway and got a job in a sawmill at Nambucca Heads.
I finished my schooling at Nambucca, got an apprenticeship as a carpenter. On the completion of that I was called up for National Service. I met my wife Sandra just before being posted to Vietnam where I served nine months with 1 Field Sqn Royal Australian Engineers.
On my return Sandra and I were married. We have a son, daughter and six grandchildren. We moved to Coffs Harbour in 1974 where I carried on a building business. After a bout of ill health I retired in 1994. Mental illness set in, in 2016 and I joined the Men’s Shed. Apparently there is no cure for this.