October 2016 Newsletter

What's Happening

  • Spring has sprung but we haven’t had to worry about leaks in our rented roof yet. Hopefully we are finished with this problem , though the grants needed to accommodate us are not arriving as quickly as we would like.
  • A combination of Harbour market stalls fortnightly and thrice weekly appearances at Coffs Central Hub have kept us viable so far. The wooden horse has earned over $4K so far, but there are still willing new ticket buyers. Volunteers from our ranks are always needed.
  • A Mens Health and Wellbeing day will be held at Bunnings on 19/11/16. More details later.
  • The AGM for our group will happen at the CEX club at 4.30 on December 8th. Check your emails from Robert’s reminder re nomination etc.
  • The Christmas party is scheduled for Tuesday 13th December also at the CEX club at 2.30 P.M. Barefoot bowls will again entertain us, preferably not under a thunderstorm. Shed shirts or not ? More later.
  • Our Mayor has visited and inspected the new slab as part of a grant application.
  • Bunnings barbecue on 12/11/16. Great money raiser- please insert your name for a minimum 2 hour shift especially if you are a virgin (stallwise).

New Members

Welcome to the following new blood in the shed. Please make them feel at home by keeping them productive. Make sure they have a nametag of sorts. “mate” doesn’t really help.

Sam Hepi
David Wickham
Leon Walsh
Paul Baker
Floyd Ballard
John Goodshaw
Rod Penell

Cleaning Roster

A new one is on display in the kitchen. Let’s try to raise the achievement rate from 50%. Put your duty week on your calendar and plan for a swap if away at that time. Doesn’t have to be Friday.

Nov 4 week Tony Goninan
Nov 11 week Scott Mullan
Nov 18 week Les Grant
Nov 25 week John Clarke
Dec 2 week Ken Ryan
Dec 9 week Graham Campbell
Dec 16 week Will Cameron
Dec 23 week Roger Davis

Photo Gallery


Glued'n'screwed by Zoltan !


Bar ready for finishing


King of the cutting boards Graham


Commission wine rack


Nothing beats a Dagwood Dog Kevin

Member Profile: David Churchyard
(president and Fearless leader)


David was born at Greenacre, North of Bankstown, son of a Tobruk “Rat” who despite partial blindness due to the war, managed work as a locksmith. His Mum was an accomplished seamstress and did a great job of bringing up 3 boys. We often hear Greenacre mentioned on the news these days and understand why Dave and Sarah retreated to the North Coast!

David left high school in mid 5th year, and was notable as a runner and shot putter – his school record still stands! His first jobs were in air conditioning, spending time with Blackwoods at Strathfield.

A change of career saw David at Lidcombe Hospital looking after veterans and elderly men, thence to a Nursing Home where he stayed 6 years (carer not inmate).

In 1978 he married Sarah and together they teamed up as Matron and Deputy Matron at Glenfield Park Special school where they lived on site until 1990.

Another change of direction saw David as General Assistant at Condell Park High School, living at Ingleburn until 2004 when he transferred to Bellingen High School, retiring in 2013 when he joined us.

David has served as our president this year and his calm unflustered handling of difficult situations is appreciated.