October 2020 Newsletter
On the good news front, the Coffs Harbour City Council have approved our Development Application for a change of use for our mezzanine area. When the work is finished we will have an elevator to assist members using the upstairs areas. Ross Bryant of R.B. Consulting has very generously offered his services to us, in ensuring all the necessary work is carried out to Council conditions.
On a sad note we lost another member recently. Jim Cleal. Jim was a pleasure to interact with and enjoy some of his many tall stories.
On a very serious note we had an injury occur at the shed recently. This is a timely reminder of complacency creeping in. It doesn’t matter how experienced you are the unexpected can happen. A lot of our machines are dangerous. You should not be afraid to use them, but extreme care should be taken.
I am forever telling members to stop cutting small pieces of timber on bench saws. We do not have a bench saw suitable for cutting small pieces of timber. If that is what is needed please come and see me. There are ways to do it without incurring a lost finger or two.
I would also like to put in a reminder here. Our Shed is exactly that. Our Shed. Members don’t seem to understand they are just as responsible for cleaning, washing up and general inhouse maintenance. One of my few complaints is members not putting things back where they got them. Don’t leave items and offcuts on machines. If you use something put it back where you found it or where it should have been. As I said this is our shed.
I was disappointed to hear some members think the Committee is unapproachable. We are - if you don’t approach us. Personally I feel we have a very efficient and conscientious committee.
Over all I am happy with the progress of our shed, we have work in front of us till at least Christmas. Please come in and make use of our shed.
President Tom Skinner
- The Annual General Meeting is set for Thursday Dec 10 at 10.00am. Further details or changes will be announced in the next newsletter.
- The Committee is looking into a venue for this years Christmas Party. Details to be announced as they are decided. Restrictions due to Covid need to be considered and adhered to.
- Robert wants to have a large screen "Race Day" on October 18. The Bathurst Race will be shown, ad free, on a big screen at the shed. This is a great social event for the boys (and may be a relief to their partners). Please call or talk to Robert if you are interested.
- We have been accident free for a long time, but a shedder nearly took off 3 fingers recently while using a saw to shape some timber. He spent the night in hospital. Accidents like this don't happen if you follow ALL the safety rules, so BE CAREFUL.
A tribute to Ken Hall
Garage Sales are back in full swing
Lots of fresh items for sale
The garage sale on Saturday 3rd October had another great turnover, generating around $1,300 for the Shed. Ken Ryan took these photos on the day. Thanks Ken, and thanks again to all the shedders who make this day a success. Visitors are welcomed to the shed, and shedders get the opportunity to socialise instead of working, keeping the atmosphere pleasant and enjoyable.
Tom leading the pack
Dave is always on hand to cook breakfast
Personal Sales Assistants...
Thanks to Denise Stevens for her donation of this ride-on lawn mower.
Logo Design Competition
This is the current logo for the Coffs Harbour Men's Shed. It was designed By our manager Robert and has been used over the years as our primary logo.
The Shed now is conducting a competition for a new logo design. It doesn't have to be polished, or colour accurate, but could be innovative, a play on the initials, a better graphic underneath etc. We are offering a $50 Bunnings Gift Voucher to whoever comes up with a clever, usable design. The competition will run for a few months but will be decided upon when a suitable logo is submitted, or time runs out.
If you have something to suggest, or a design to submit, send it to Robert at the shed, or to me (Ray) using the links below.
Special "ShedMen" Article
The Mens Shed music group "The Shedmen" in now well and truly up and playing.
(til we get shut down?).
“SHEDMEN” BAND MEMBER'S PROFILES
Warren: Rhythm guitar, vocals.
(Charlie Pride eat your heart out.)
Tony: Drums, percussion.
(definitely no vocals)
Neil: Harmonica, sax, vocals.
(I can play anything…….)
Neil Matthews has been playing harmonica, sax and singing in bands for over 40 years in folk, blues and rock music. "I enjoy playing with the Mens shed band since it is fun and relaxed and very welcoming to new members no matter what your level. We play a wide variety of music styles which keeps it fresh and we have a lot of laughs along the way."
Dave: Electric keyboard, accordion and some vocals.
(Fats Domino , Jerry Lee Lewis re - incarnated)
"My name is Dave Peterson and I play the keyboard or accordion with the SHEDMEN. Since moving to the Coffs coast area last year and joining the Mens Shed I was very pleased to discover they had a group of like-minded blokes who also liked playing music. I have always played the piano since childhood, usually just for my own amusement but sometimes with others in small combos for local dances or parties. I consider it a privilege to join in with the SHEDMEN where there is no judgment or criticism, except in jest with the emphasis on FUN and mateship. We practice every Tuesday, practising anything from blues/rock to country and western in an atmosphere of tolerance and laughter."
Dave (Gillie): Lead guitar, vocals.
(star in our midst)
Col: Bass guitar.
(Daddy cool,…... Mr Bass man)
Chris: Rhythm, harmonica, vocals, learning lead guitar.
(Just tapping into all my hidden talents)
Jamming in 2018
Before getting their own room, the "Shedmen" jammed in the office. Some of the faces have changed, the acoustics are poor and the drums a little archaic, but the boys still managed to sound great.
President: Tom Skinner
Vice President: Ken Ryan
Secretary: Tony Winter
Treasurer: Garth Howard
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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.