September 2018 Newsletter
I will be out of action for about 6 weeks after shoulder replacement surgery. Hopefully I will be able to visit the shed regularly and have a cuppa.
Shed Manager's Report
● SHED CLEANUP
By now you will have noticed that the cleanup of the Men's Shed has made a major improvement to the working conditions and fire safety requirements. Let me throw out a great big thankyou to all who attended and participated. The shed is for all members to use, and it's nice to see members giving back...
● MEZZANINE PROGRESS
Work on the Mezzanine Rooms recommenced last Monday with many organised members pitching in. All the plasterboard was positioned and fastened, followed by the plastering. Soon the rooms will be painted, the electrical will be finished and connected, next are the doors and windows. Lastly, floor coverings will be laid. The rooms will be air-conditioned and available as storage. Alan Larkin proposed naming each room after valuable sponsors. We have a new video of the cleanup and the members working on the Mezzanine area - click here.
● MEN'S SHED WEEK - SEPTEMBER 24th ~ 30th
Invitations have been sent to interested parties to visit our shed during Men's Shed Week. This is the 11th celebration of Men's Shed Week and we are proud of our new shed. Please be especially tidy during this period. Representatives of the Coffs Council will be dropping in on Wednesday 26th for a morning visit.
● NEW TRUCK
Plans are underway to replace our ageing ute with a 'newer' model. We have found a suitable replacement and are currently in negotiation to purchase.
● FIRE DRILL
A Fire Drill is planned for next week. Be ready - know your Evacuation Procedure and Designated Assembly Point.
● AN OPEN LETTER FROM PETER MURPHY
I received this wonderful email in response to adding Peter Murphy's email address to the newsletter subscription list.
Thanks to Ken I have this connection back with the shed via this newsletter. The range of emotions I had while reading through the articles; seeing some old faces, reading familiar names and just picking up on the vibe of the shed makes me glow with pride as to what has been achieved and continued over the years. I keep thinking time travels so fast in this busy life with a family but time for a "men's shed" stands much stiller. I think that is the beauty of a shed; it is less pushed by the rush of life. The work and social platform you create from what you are all doing is probably taken for granted at times by you regular attendees but I can assure you that having time to stand back and look in, I can see a powerful, transforming contribution to lives and community. The newsletter is gold. Credit to all the players continuing to create a lasting legacy. Please pass this on to anyone or in anyway you see fit Robert. I hope you and the family are well. I am looking forward to visiting (for the opening I hope).
Cheers, Peter Murphy"
New Garden Layout
Vice President Graham Miller has taken on the task of building our new garden and barbeque area. Any support
in this project will be appreciated, so if you see Graham working on the project, lend a hand. As can be seen on these plans, the garden features several raised garden beds that can be accessed by members in wheelchairs. The barbeque is covered by a pergola and seating will be arranged to keep everyone happy. Well that's the plan. What we need is materials to build so if you can help towards filling the shopping list below let Graham (or a Shed Manager) know.
This list will get us to a nice finish:
● Copper logs for raised garden beds
● 6 meter long sheets of colour bond orb steel for the roof - we need 8 sheets
● 3 sheets of F62 Steel mesh for footings for the pergola
● Timber - for a 6 meter x 5 meter pergola, seasoned hardwood
● 4.2m2 concrete for pergola slab floor
● Poly pipe for a watering system
● Bricks for barbeque
● Hot plate and gas system
Fundraising - Garage Sale Success
Shedder Alan's wife Sherry made an entrance when she dropped by to see what all the fuss was about.
Around the Shed
MAKING A 45 DEGREE CUT
HONOUR BOARDS IN PROGRESS
Shedders at Work
ROBERT TAKES A BREAK THE MUSICAL CIGAR BOX
A rare sight - Robert doing a project for himself.
It looks like he's concentrating so we'd better leave him alone...
BEE HIVES FOR THE GARAGE SALE
Doug has built a selection of Bee Hives for sale to raise money for the farmers.
They went on sale at the Garage Sale and Doug was happy to sell them under cost to ensure a bargain.
As you know Doug has featured recently in our newsletter with his message to all of us about the dwindling bee habitat in Australia.
THE MUSICAL CIGAR BOX
"The cigar box guitar is a primitive chordophone that uses an empty cigar box as a resonator. The earliest had one or two strings; modern models typically have three or more. Generally, the strings are connected to the end of a broomstick or a 1 x 3 inch wood slate and to the cigar box resonator."
This is Alan. Alan recently joined the Men's Shed with the idea of making a cigar box ukulele. He doesn't have a cigar box so he built one out of scrap timber. To produce the correct resonance he used the thicknesser to get a piece of jackaranda down to 3mm. When complete the ukulele will be electronically amplified to improve the tone and volume.
MORE BEE HIVES
This is Peter Lewis. Peter is from Kyogle, and has joined the Coffs Men's Shed recently as he is house-sitting for a friend in town for a few months. Peter also has a daughter and grandkids in the area. In Kyogle Peter helps the native bees by making hives for his property. He tries different designs but is seen here making some hives from a proven design. Our apiarist Doug Tysoe has helped Peter with information and local contacts.
Billy cart built by the Coffs Harbour Men's Shed. Photo supplied by happy mum.
WARREN SKINNER ANNOUNCES DONATIONS
Owner of Toyota Coffs Harbour and The Pier Hotel, Warren Skinner, announced on Friday 31st August a $14,000 donation which has been distributed to the Woolgoolga and Bellingen Men's Sheds. Ken Ryan and family, and Graham Miller represented us for a beer with Warren at his local. Warren has been a huge supporter over the years, and is 100% behind the local Men's Sheds. His donations are always much appreciated.
Coffs Harbour Support Services
Rod says Jordan really likes coming to the Men's Shed.
AUSTRALIANA BIRD FEEDERS
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.