May 2015 Newsletter



We are starting to seriously address the fundraising drive for building our own shed on the block in Howard Street. As part of the effort, we have started a market stall in the Castle Street car park on Sundays. So far, the heavy lifting has been done by the usual few.

We have over 100 members who have access to, and enjoy the facilities of our shed and I think it is reasonable to expect everyone to do their bit. The market stall hours would be 7 to 12.30 each Sunday. This is a great opportunity to promote Mens Shed in people’s minds and let them see some of the great stuff we can do.

A roster is available above the sign on book. Get your name in early to avoid receiving an embarrassing phone call.

Alan Larkin

What's Happening

  • A market stall has been planned for each Sunday morning at the Coffs Central undercover markets. Robert needs an organiser to chase up volunteers. More in the President’s attachment.
  • Bunnings Sausage stall on May 24th.
  • Serious disruption was caused during the big rain with the roof leaking. The leak has now moved. A work in progress !
  • Raffle tickets need to be finalised with stubs and money returned by May 26th. We don’t want to be chasing you in Darwin if you are Grey Nomadding soon.
  • Roger Davis is now the proud owner of a Lotus Elise, while Tony Goninan settled for a Mighty Boy. Not many of either in captivity.
  • We have an Application in at Masters for sausage catering.
  • The CNC router has generated $1900 in jobs already. The Coffs Central document holders also earned $1100. Thanks Peter.

Get Well Messages

Big Graham is still in hospital with slow recovery progress . Thanks Tony and David for visiting. Others welcome. No recent news of Louis.

Shirts Available

New order is being placed soon for Shed shirts. $37 each with name.

Painting Projects

Any projects needing spray painting should be logged on the whiteboard in the West End . They are prioritised by date of entry.

New Members

Bob White, Peter Rake, Matt Preo , Graham Robinson, Wayne Gresham and Eric Burrows. Make them welcome and help them learn the ropes.

Monthly Hint

The fence on table saws should have a slight bend half way along. This allows saw clearance after the cut is made. When tailing out, don’t force the workpiece against the rear of the fence. Guide it straight back.

Member Profile - Don Black

Don was born at Matthews Creek (via Megan, via Dorrigo) and went to Leigh School. He worked on the family farm with his dad Tom before being taught dozer operations logging and clearing land around Dorrigo.

After leaving Dorrigo in 1958, Don went logging around Taylors Arm, then to Horseshoe Creek road clearing and road building. Later Don worked with D. Public Works and helped with Bowraville Sewer installation and water supply to Nambucca. South to Gosford for 18 years doing subdivisions and contracting to Wyong and Gosford Council. Later Don was permanently disabled due to an accident.

Don joined Coffs Mens Shed soon after it opened(2010). He has donated a lathe, 2 thicknessers, saws and routers. Always ready to help others, he is worthy of the title “ shed Godfather”.

Don Matt and Rebel

Regular Shed Garbos David and Peter

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