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Posted 6 November 2013


Damien Williams, one of our younger members, has recently run 7 marathons in 7 cities in 7 days.  This is a link to a story on Chanel 10's The Project.  Here is a link to the story on Channel 10’s “The Project” .  Scroll down to the topic “Blind Marathon”

http://tenplay.com.au/channel-ten/the-project/extras

Posted 7 October 2013


The Flourish Arts Festival, supported by Gold Coast City Council, was held on Saturday 28 September at Broadwater Parklands,.  The Festival is a community arts event, incorporating art displays, arts and crafts markets, musical performances and children’s entertainment.  About 2,000 people joined in the fun on the day.  The Labrador Men’s Shed prepared toys for sale at our Toy Stall, which was a great success.  You can see some photos taken on the day by clicking on Gallery on the toolbar at the top of the page.

Posted 29 August 2013


Last Wednesday 15 members and 5 wives took a trip to North Stradbroke Island.  On a rather cold morning, we gathered at the Shed for a 7.15am departure and had a good run up the motorway and out to Cleveland to board the Big Red Cat.  Thankfully, the weather was perfect and we had a very pleasant cruise across the Bay.

It was a significant advantage having Frank as our driver.  He has taken many tour groups to the Island and he was able to give a very good commentary on the various locations and features.  Our first stop was at Brown Lake, so named because leaf litter has built up across the bottom of the lake.  The lake is a perched lake that has no entry or egress for the water, which is retained by the leaf litter.  The brown colour is the result of the leaves leeching tannins.

After a quick stop at Amity, we headed for Point Lookout.   We all set off on the Gorge walk, which offers sensational views of the coast and we were treated to quite a lot of whale activity as they migrate south.  Unfortunately, they were well out to sea.  After the walk, we gathered at a local cafe for a well earned lunch, followed by a couple of nice cold ales at the Stradbroke Island Hotel, with spectacular views over the water.  It was then time to head back to Dunwich for the ferry, bringing to a close a fantastic day trip.

Thanks again to Frank for organising the bus and driving.  Thanks also to Nigel for keeping an eye on Des.


To see the pics, click on Gallery (above)



Posted 20 July 2013


Around 30 members and their partners enjoyed a wonderful celebration of Christmas in July at the Marina Quays Tavern.  A sumptuous meal, along with some great camaraderie made for an excellent afternoon.  The only things missing were the snow and a raging open fire.  Thank you Ken for once again doing such a great job.  

Click on “Gallery” above to see pictures taken at the Christmas in July Function

Posted 19 July 2013


The Annual General Meeting was held on Thursday 18th July 2013.  The meeting was well attended, with 41 members coming along.  Outgoing President, Frank Law, spoke about his time in the chair and holding the role for two terms.  He reflected on some of the excellent community work we have undertaken and about how well we have built a very welcoming and harmonious environment.  He thanked the outgoing Committee, as well as the membership as a whole.  Frank and Rosie are moving to WA for a few months to help out with their new grandson.


Councillor Margaret Grummitt also addressed the meeting, speaking about Labrador and what a wonderful place it is, and how she obtains a great deal of pleasure working for the community.  She spoke of the pride she feels about the Shed, having been instrumental in getting it going and now seeing how well it works, meeting the needs of our 110 members.  Margaret spoke also about the possibility that we may see an extension to the Shed as a result of a very positive meeting Len Thomson and John Botwright had recently with senior Council Officers.


A new Committee was elected for 2012/13.  The new Committee is:


President:    John Botwright

Secretary:    Len Thomson

Treasurer:    John Taylor


Committee members:     

Peter Braniff

Peter Fearnside

Jim Irwin

Ken Strobel

Ian Valentine

Rick Wormald


Click on “Gallery” above to see pictures taken at the AGM

Posted 5 July 2013


The July issue of the Newsletter has been published by Secretary Len and it is available in printed form at The Shed.

You can view a short version of the Newsletter and print your own copy by clicking on the link below:

Newsletter July 2013 F.doc

Posted on 23 February 2013


The first issue of the Newsletter for 2013 has been published by Secretary Len and it is available in printed form at The Shed.

You can view the Newsletter and print your own copy by clicking on the link below:

Newsletter February 2013.doc

Posted on 11 December 2012


The December issue of the Newsletter has been published by Secretary Len and it is available in printed form at The Shed.

You can view the Newsletter and print your own copy by clicking on the link below:

Newsletter December 2012.doc

Posted on 6 November 2012


The November issue of the Newsletter has been published by Secretary Len and it is available in printed form at The Shed.

You can view the Newsletter and print your own copy by clicking on the link below:

Newsletter November 2012.doc

Posted on 5 October 2012


The October issue of the Newsletter has been published by Secretary Len and it is available in printed form at The Shed.

You can view the Newsletter and print your own copy by clicking on the link below:

Newsletter October 2012.doc

Posted on 3 October 2012


On Sunday 30 September, the ABC aired a program “Shed Happens”, hosted by Peter Scott and featuring Shed Secretary Len Thompson.  Phil Smith, who normally hosts the Program, had heard about The Shed running a mentoring program for boys from Labrador State High School and thought it would be an interesting topic for the show.

You can hear the interview by clicking on:

http://blogs.abc.net.au/queensland/2012/10/shed-happens-30-september-2012-labrador-mens-shed-mentoring-program.html

Posted 17 September 2012


The September issue of the Newsletter has been published by Secretary Len and it is available in printed form at The Shed.

You can view the Newsletter and print your own copy by clicking on the link below:

Newsletter September 2012.doc

Posted 9 August 2012


The August issue of the Newsletter has been published by Secretary Len and it is available in printed form at The Shed.

You can view the Newsletter and print your own copy by clicking on the link below:

Newsletter August 2012.doc

Posted 30 July 2012


The July issue of the Newsletter has been published by Secretary Len and it is available in printed form at The Shed.

You can view the Newsletter and print your own copy by clicking on the link below:

Newsletter July 2012.doc

Posted 21 April 2012


President Frank reports on a new initiative for The Shed - mentoring some students from the Labrador Primary School:


Just a quick note to inform you all that the small experimental Mentoring Program with three lads from the Labrador State School had its first run this afternoon. 

I personally am delighted at the initial first look. Three boys came to the shed with a staff member of the school.


We were all unanimous in the opinion that the boys thoroughly enjoyed the experience, which will continue for the rest of the term.

With the invaluable assistance of Dennis Nunn, John Taylor, Peter Fearnside and Pete Braniff we introduced the boys to some woodworking tools and proceeded to make a very simple cross type boomerang.

 

I must give here an enormous vote of thanks to Dennis for his part in this program.  I certainly had my eyes belted open at the skills that a teacher has to have and Dennis has them in spades.  


Thank you Dennis and also John, Pete and Peter for participating.

Posted 5 April 2012


We don’t normally do stories about our members but Damian Williams is not your normal run of member.  For a start he is very young - well most of us think so - he is 41 years old. He is very interested in sport.  Fond of soccer, cricket and athletics at school, he went on to represent Australia for three years in his chosen sport. He represented Queensland in tandem cycling and won an Australian title in 2006.  He loves running.  He covers 60 to 80 kilometres each week and steps this up to 130 kilometres when he is in training and most of this is road work.  He broke a shot put record too.


Well there is nothing too extraordinary about that, you might think, but Damien is blind - yes, totally blind.  He lost the sight of one eye when he was only thirteen, pulling a nail from a piece of timber.  He was still at school at Southport High School then, but left at the end of the following year.


Although he was born in Ipswich, he left there as a baby when his family moved to Runaway Bay.  After school, he joined a Mitre Ten store and did a bit of everything, sales, delivery and office work.  At sixteen he worked for his Dad, a painter, for a couple of years before joining the then hardware warehouse, BBC.  Around this time he met his future wife.


Then eighteen, he decided to return to work with his Dad and undertake training as an apprentice.  At the same time, he got work in a night club in Surfers and having just turned eighteen was able to do bar work.  Another change saw him working for a variety of painting contractors, depending on which one had work on the high rises appearing up and down the Coast.  He says he has been married for 17 years, so he would have been 24 years old when he married.  Around this time he was working at Couran Cove and he used to help his Dad who was working on some of the huts in another part of the development. He was only 27 years old when he lost the sight of his other eye, in a golfing accident, at Sanctuary Cove.


He had only been married for three years when this happened and “she stuck with me”, he said.  What to do now? Work as a painter was out of the question, but Damian heard about Goal Ball, a sport for the blind using a ball equipped with a bell.  It is played with the hands with the object of catching the ball and throwing it into a goal.  He excelled at Goal Ball and it was in this sport that he represented Australia.  He continued to exploit his athletic abilities as a cyclist and runner.


Damian is one of the happiest blokes in The Shed.  “Why not, I have a wonderful loving and caring wife and two great kids, a boy and a girl”.  His lad is learning guitar and his daughter, trumpet.   The family has a set of drums and Damian lets fly on these as well.  He did not mention his neighbours. He visits The Shed at least twice a week and specialises in sandpapering off the various jobs that come his way. He takes stuff home to construct and paint, while he listens to music, another great interest.


He is certainly one of our very special members and long may he get the companionship and satisfaction he so obviously enjoys from his visits and we, the inspiration he gives to us.

Posted 5 March 2012


Secretary Len has published the March issue of the Newsletter, which is available in printed form at The Shed.  You can view the Newsletter and print your own copy by clicking on the link below:

Newsletter March 2012.doc

Posted 28 February 2012


As part of her election campaign, the Premier, Anna Bligh, accompanied by Members of the Legislative Assembly Peta-Kaye Croft, Peter Lawlor, Margaret Keech and Christine Smith visited The Shed yesterday.  The Premier announced that if elected, the funds available as grants to community groups in the State would be increased from $3 million a year to $10.5 million over 3 years ($3.5 million a year).  She committed that Men's Shed Labrador would receive $120,000 under that program.  A video clip of her remarks is at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8qUAAyNEEU 

Posted 12 February 2012


Secretary Len has published the February issue of the Newsletter, which is available in printed form at The Shed.  You can view the Newsletter and print your own copy by clicking on the link below:

Newsletter Feb 12.pdf

Posted 1 February 2012


For members who don’t have a computer or prefer a printed version of news about recent happenings, Secretary Len prepares a Newsletter that is available at The Shed.  To view the hard copy version of The Shed Newsletter for January 2012, click on this link:

Newsletter Jan 12.pdf

Posted 28 January 2012


One of the most significant events to occur in Labrador in the past few years was the official opening of The Labrador Community Centre, known as The Hub, of which our Shed is part.  All the local identities were there - our enthusiastic supporter, Margaret Grummitt was unfortunately in poor voice but is now in full cry and enjoying her new offices there.  Our Mayor, Councillor Ron Clarke MBE, performed the official opening, supported by Peta-Kaye Croft, MP for Broadwater. Our Federal member, Stuart Robert MP also attended, together with around two hundred locals - fewer than expected but rain kept many away.  Margaret had rounded up the Labrador State School Choir, resplendent in their immaculate white uniforms; the Homeless Men’s Choir; and a wonderful string quartette, to entertain guests while they were eating lunch, provided by the Men's Shed Labrador.  Everything went as planned and it was a fitting opening ceremony for this wonderful new facility for Labrador. 


The left overs were put to good use, as we held a BBQ for Shed members on the 21st December.  Another is planned for 23rd February (when will these sausages run out?  Perhaps they have - ask Ken).


One of our initial stalwarts at The Shed was Doug Thurecht.  Doug threw himself into the job of setting up The Shed but found things a bit difficult and had to ease off.  He was a fine wood worker but for several reasons, was not able to visit The Shed as much as he would have liked.  He did join in a number of projects but sadly, he died on 17th December, aged 79 years.  A number of our members, proudly dressed in our Shed's Shirts, attended a service in his memory.  Doug was a fine man and our Secretary has passed our condolences onto his family.


Members will not have failed to notice great activity in the metal section of The Shed.  Peter has got his teeth into a bio-char project and designed and built a production unit that works!   Several more have been built with slight variations to determine the most effective.  What is bio-char?  It is a nutrient-rich carbon product, produced from waste litter.  The process should be useful in the many community gardens that are appearing on the Gold Coast.  Dolph Cooke, a real character who lives in the Northern Rivers, is the promoter and has achieved world wide recognition for his work.  He visited The Shed with his wife and dog to see Peter's apparatus in production and gave it a tick of approval.  Take a look at "biocharproject.org/news/" - most interesting, particularly in this age, when carbon sequestration is so important.  There are some photographs of the unit in The Gallery but bigger and better models are just around the corner.


On Thursday 5 January, Channel 9 visited The Shed and on the 5:30pm News that day, they aired a short piece featuring a number of our members.

The report is an interesting update that shows how far we have come since our official opening in August 2010.

If you would like to see the video, click on "Shed on Channel 9" on the menu list above.  Alternatively you can see it on You Tube at: http://youtu.be/f4yXB11VVXQ


Congratulations are due to Warren Humphries, having been awarded the Order of Australia Medal in the Australia Day Honours list - our first OAM!  Members are well aware of the work Warren, our first President, has done in establishing our Shed and perhaps of the time he devoted to the wheel chair project, while he was a member of Rotary Club of Surfers Sunrise.  His work with Australian Business Volunteers is perhaps not so well known.  He undertook three overseas projects for ABV from 2007 to 2009 and received high commendation for what he achieved.  The projects were:-

     Improvements to Hospital water supply in a remote area of the Solomon Islands.

     Improving village water supply and distribution to two small local communities in Indonesia

     Initial set up of a Plumbing Training Course in Cambodia for a large Plumbing and Supply Company

You can image the frustrations of working in such remote areas and the difficulties of training the local populations in the skills they would need to maintain the completed works.  Warren was interviewed by Channel 7 and Channel 9 at The Shed recently and you can view clips from the subsequent News Programs on YouTube by clicking on the links below:

Channel 7: http://youtu.be/ocbfvR57xCo 

Channel 9: http://youtu.be/6r4kRZ0Pyr4r 

Warren’s wife, Carole should be congratulated too, as she accompanied Warren on these ventures - not easy in those places. We say well done to both of them!

Posted 6 December 2011


Today we held our Christmas Lunch at the Runaway Bay Junior Leagues Club.  Pictures of the seventy-two members and guests who attended are on the Gallery and tell the story - thank you Ken for organising the gathering.  If you can see yourself in the Gallery, then lucky you, the flash worked that time.  Ken will be busy again tomorrow too, as he is Executive Chef for the official opening of the Labrador Community Hub. Our Shed is part of this complex, but it is the completion of the main building's remodelling that is being celebrated tomorrow and The Shed is providing lunch for three hundred guests.  Lunch is to be available at 11: 58 hours precisely.  The function is timed to the minute; let's hope the VIPs stick to the three-minute time limit for the speeches or lunch may be ruined.


It's that time of year again so we gave ourselves a new metal lathe.  Look at the Gallery to see the price negotiations in full swing at Hare and Forbes on the 16th November and the chosen model and its delivery at The Shed on the following Friday.  This is the most expensive item we have purchased and it's use will be closely supervised. What will we give ourselves for Christmas next year?


President Frank mini-bussed several members to The Pine Rivers Men's Shed on 30th November, where they were welcomed by Chairman Sal Barbagallo.  Their Shed is an interesting concept, an old house raised to give workshop space underneath with all the comforts of home above.  Yes, more pictures in the Gallery.


Well done to Eddie and Robert, who restored a dilapidated rocking horse for the Chicks @ Lunch group, who then donated it to the Animal Welfare League for a Christmas raffle.  A presidential photograph is in the Gallery but Frank's camera took a bit of a shock recently, as you may also notice from his pictures of the Pine Rivers expedition.


Now, some interesting information about Peter's latest project from the metal workshop. 

  

"Turning old Gas-bottles into Biochar stoves to help International Development.  Paul Wildman*

 

One of the initiatives I have become interested in over the past two years is community gardening and I have subsequently experimented with hydroponics and Biochar – published elsewhere on this in this eZine.

 

On Friday 7th November 2011, as a volunteer bus driver I took the Nundah Men’s Shed members to the Labrador Men’s Shed and spent the day being shown over the premises by Frank Law (president).  One initiative I noticed was the conversion of old LP gas bottles to a camping stove for use in developing nations such as Vanuatu.  The project is under the general guidance of Peter Fearnside and several hundred bottles have been taken over there and also to India and some other countries.


Peter indicates that, as project initiator and co-ordinator of some years, he has been to Vanuatu a number of times and the women cook food in a hut on the existing fires and stoves and this generates a large amount of smoke which can result in eye infections and breathing difficulty.  Equally disturbing is the widespread use of open fires, which use large amounts of ecologically sensitive wood reserves and into which young children fall with all too common frequency, resulting in facial and surrounding burns, which sometimes can stick their chin to their chest for instance.  Remediation is expensive, time consuming, painful and requires a trip, often sponsored by Rotary, to Australia for remedial surgery.

 

Subsequently I met Peter and discussed with him the idea of a modification to enable the gas bottle stove to make Biochar – this was most warmly and practically embraced by Peter and subsequently basic plans were discussed and developed.  Prior to this I had Skyped my Biochar colleague Dolph Cooke of the Aust Biochar Project in Northern NSW – about the possibility of the modification and he said ‘yes’ he had designed one and had wanted to find a group to test this on.  This modification would then allow the production of Biochar which can be put back into the soil and improve its fertility – thus, to an extent, closing the cycle.  Plus, with proper preparation one can get a second burn with the charcoal so that actual use of the bio-source-stock wood is reduced.

 

I then met with the Labrador Men’s Shed President Frank Law and the gas bottle-stove project leader Peter Fearnside and team Robert Decolle and Roger Wilcox, and the Biochar adviser Dolph Cooke and planned a ‘proof of concept’ stove.  The Nundah Lions Club Meeting has allocated $250 for the proof of concept modification and it is in testing jointly with the Labrador Men’s Shed and Aust Biochar Project. 

http://biocharproject.org/ 

In short, in co-operation with the Labrador Men’s Shed, the Biochar Project and the Nundah Lions is sponsoring the development of a village Biochar kiln for dual use of cooking + making Biochar, which can then be used as a coral reef in one’s garden (as it were) to increase soil fertility and thus help close the eco-loop in third world countries such as Vanuatu.  This also has the knock-on advantage of helping to stop deforestation and kids falling into open fires.

 

The Proof Of Concept (POC) project stove test firing first occurred on 28-11-2011 and with some further modifications the proof of concept stove should move to prototype bio-char stove finalisation by mid-December 2011.   Plans are being discussed for basic training of the Vanuatu folks in the use of the stoves in the correct procedure to make Biochar and its use in home agriculture.

 

Overall this project can offer a small modicum of ‘practical help’, which can be, used elsewhere.  It does this by using traditional Australian bush ingenuity and practicality to help others.

 

Congratulations to the Labrador Men’s Shed and in particular the gas-bottle stove team.

 

Ciao Paul"


That report from Paul Wildman, as you will have seen, and YES congratulations to Peter and all those involved in this most interesting project. There is currently considerable interest in establishing Community Gardens here on the Gold Coast (we already have a few) and each should have one of these. Yes, of course, pictures are in the Gallery


Shedders!  This has been our second year of operations and no one can doubt that we have a very happy, vibrant and strong community doing worthwhile things together - we have done well.  It must be gratifying to all those who supported us in this endeavour; our thanks to them and to all those members who have contributed to this achievement.


We hope that next year will see more of the same, with a happy and healthy group of great mates meeting regularly - so let's wish ourselves a great New Year and let's all have a Happy Christmas with family and loved ones.

Posted 22nd September 2011


A posting from Secretary Len:


Last Wednesday morning, Cr Margaret Grummitt arrived at the Shed and said the Mayor had asked if the Men's Shed could make a key to present to Sam Stosur at the “Keys to the City” Ceremony, to be held on the following Monday, five days away.  After some discussion on exactly what was required, it was agreed that we would be happy to make one.  A few of the men - Peter Fearnside, Warren Humphries and John Botwright, set about starting the project.

 

All was going well until I received a call from Margaret Grummitt's office at lunchtime on Friday, saying that the Mayor had just told Council that he would be presenting a key to Sally Pearson at the same Ceremony!  I made a quick call to Warren, to meet at the Shed in the afternoon, so we could start work on the second key - a pretty tall order, given the short notice.  We worked together to manufacture the second key quickly, as painting was going to need plenty of time, if it was to be done properly.

 

A commendable effort by all involved saw us deliver the two gold keys to Council at 8.30am on Monday. 


As you can see from the photos, the keys looked absolutely fantastic!  Warren and I felt extremely proud to represent the Men’s Shed in a real-life demonstration of what we can achieve, showing once again that Labrador Men’s Shed makes a very worthwhile contribution to our community.

 

There was one small moment that left me a little worried - that was when the whole presentation appeared to be over and our beautiful keys had not been presented to Sam and Sally!  That concern was soon overcome and the sight of the girls holding the keys high above their heads and being showered in gold ticker-tape was something to behold!


Well done Sam and Sally!


CHECK OUT THE PHOTOS ON THE GALLERY PAGE

Posted 11th September 2011


Well, hasn’t the construction of the timber loft made a tremendous difference - and the reorganisation of the extra space puts the finishing touches to a job well done.  The metal workers need no longer feel they are second cousins thrice removed; there is a rumour the wood turners want more lathes; and our three benches are now available full-time for woodwork.  The bright idea was to construct a special bench for the painting line and it fits in nicely.  One can only say to all those who contributed “Thank you”.


The Benevolent Society has secured a BBQ day ay Bunnings, Harbour Town, on16th October.  More thanks are due to those Shedders who have put their names down to help our sponsors, who played such a vital role in getting us The Shed.  Our Garage Sale will be held on 24th September.  That will put the finishing touches to our timber storage loft project.  We will then be able to do a final tidy up and get rid of all our unwanted tools and stuff.  Yes, members may also sell their “stuff” (a great word “stuff”, such adaptability).  A word to Secretary Len will help with the organisation, should you plan to sell.


Now it was only a couple of weeks after Treasurer John, at our AGM, disclosed a great financial result for last year and now he is off on a world trip.  Acting Treasurer Bots now tells us he is off on a cruise to Japan.  Hey, the guy has only been in the job for a few weeks, so we must be doing well!  Keep a look out for Deputy Acting Treasurer Len - you can take a look  at the hand over of duties, dramatically captured digitally and now showing on the Gallery page.  There are more photographs there too, of the loft and a new perspective on members at work.  These shots were technically difficult, due to all the reflected light from shedders heads, but worth the trouble.  There are more pictures on the projects page too.


One last thing, have you remembered to renew your membership?

Posted 17th July 2011


Yesterday was cold and rainy but thirty-two of our regulars made it to our second Annual General Meeting to review the past year and see what we might have planned for the future.  

Last year was our first full year of operation and our success has exceeded our expectations - well done Shedders!  

We finished the year with seventy-seven members, a shed with all the machinery and tools any Shed should be proud to have - and a healthy bank balance as well. Then there is all the stuff we produced - a great effort all around.


Tributes were paid and enthusiastically supported, to the following shedders:


     Warren Humphries, a founding member and first President, who stepped down from this position but will continue as a Committee Member,

     Secretary Len Thompson and Treasurer John Taylor, both dedicated and highly skilled and who, thankfully, will continue in these positions,

     Rostered Shed Captains, without whom The Shed would not open: Peter Fernside, Graeme Braund, Hugh Wells, Ron Chetham, Tony Harris, Albert Lewis, Tony Lynch and John Botwright,

     Brian Finn (not a member but what an enthusiast), who created this web site and continues to give impeccable service keeping it up to date,

     Honorary member and Auditor (reappointed), Warren Griffin,

     and Warren Fowler, another stalwart, whose death last year shocked and saddened us.


So who are our Committee Members for year ahead?


Our new president is Frank Law, who was a key member in setting up The Shed; our Secretary Len Thompson; Treasurer John Taylor; and Ron Chetham, John Botwright, Peter Fernside, Warren Humphries - and we welcome a new CommitteeMember, Peter Braniff.  Thank you for offering your services - we wish you all well.


So what was the news?  Well, thanks to Tony Lynch, who took over and steered this project through the investigation, planning and approval phases - a Storage Loft, which will be constructed next week.  We have run out of space and this area is needed to store timber and completed projects. Let’s hope we can keep it clear of junk!


Our staunch and loyal supporter, Councillor Margaret Grummitt, was excited to tell us she thinks she has found a site for another Shed.  We all want to see The Shed movement expand on the Gold Coast and we look forward to getting our teeth into a new project like this.  We will need to find cash but we have the will.


Our fees were set at $10 for registering a new member and an annual subscription of $50 for the year.  Renew your membership now, (don’t forget - it may be paid in instalments) and continue to join in the fellowship and fun.


For those of you unable to attend the meeting, you will find the Agenda on the notice board, including the President’s Report and the Financial Statements for last year and our Budget for this one.  


Do look at our Gallery on the web site – new pictures appear regularly.


We have a problem.  We are overcrowded on some mornings.  We don’t want to allocate members to particular days, so we must try to make afternoons more popular.  Currently, we open on Wednesday afternoons but it is not well supported, so it is a great time to have better access to all our equipment for your own projects.

     Should we open on other afternoons?

     How can we spread the load?


Speak up or drop a note in our new Suggestion Box. All suggestions about this or any matter will go to the Committee for consideration.


With the business of the AGM completed, it was time for a BBQ!


So Shedders, here’s to us - happy times, proud achievements and new friends in our new year!


Posted 11th July 2011


Monday 27th June saw our team of volunteers helping the Labrador Child and Family Centre with a BBQ for their Family Day in the Park, next to the Centre.   We set up a stall to sell some of the toys we had made.  Well, they didn't rush off the tables but we did raise $175 for The Shed.  We got the BBQ going early, expecting the enticing aromas of the frying onions to excite the gathering.  They could not be tempted but our volunteers could not resist an early lunch.  Then it happened - those Mums certainly work to a time table.  The clock struck twelve and the rush was on.  We sold 275 sausages for $1 each in no time and the Centre was happy.  It is always great to help our sponsor, The Benevolent Society.

Take a look at the pictures in the gallery.

Posted 21 June 2011


Shedders will be interested to know where some of the toys they have produced will end up.  Some have already found their way to the University of Queensland Child Care Centre, wiped out in the flood and Peter is investigating, through Rotary, whether some would be welcomed in the Gatton area, which also suffered badly.  A package has been prepared by Frank to send to an orphanage in Jakarta - any ideas for cheap transport?  Others will be available for sale at our Garage Sale - when?  Your guess is good too - when the pavement outside The Shed is laid.  We will also be selling our surplus tools then and members are invited to submit items for sale but it will be up to them to do the selling.


We have completed or are engaged in other projects.  We had sufficient completed clap sticks to send off to the wholesaler, who has them decorated by Aboriginals and can now sell them as "Made in Australia".  This is a simple turning project ideal for beginners - look on the Projects page of our web site.  The latest large project has been a lectern for the Southport Uniting Church, a project husbanded by Botts.  As a one-off, photographs are posted on the Gallery - very handsome.

 

On Wednesday afternoons The Shed is open and provides an ideal time for members to do their own projects, as they will have easier access to the machines.  While on this subject, members should note that if they can persuade a Shed Captain to open The Shed and stay with them, then go for it, any time, but not nights or Sundays.


The Australian Men's Shed Association Conference will be held from August 21st to the 23rd at the Brisbane Convention Centre.  The committee decided unanimously that Tony (Harris) should be our delegate and who would disagree with that?  Has any member put more effort into producing stuff and assisting members than Tony?  We hope as many members as possible will attend and while on the subject of attendance, don't forget the Seniors Expo at the Parklands Show Grounds on Monday,18th July.  This event is organised by our Federal MP, Stuart Robert.  Normie Rowe will be compare and Bronwyn Bishop, MP will be along too.  We will have a stall and help is needed to man it, so do let Secretary Len know if you can help.  That new small lathe will be turning out stuff to publicise The Shed.  Do we need publicity?  Regardless, we are now getting it, as members will have noted if they have read all the recent Gold Coast magazines and papers. Secretary Len says he is getting two or three enquiries every week. 


Frank is producing Shed Notes on a more regular basis than postings on this web site and some of his information is also included here.  He is keen to do profiles of our members.  First up was President Warren, repeated here:

“Warren is our Founding Member No 1 and our Founding President.  Warren started the process about 10 years ago, initially through Rotary and with encouragement from Councillor Margaret Grummitt.  Sites were investigated but the project floundered for some time.  Eventually, after some stops and starts, Warren, Cr. Grummitt and our second Founding Member, Graeme Muller, rounded up the site we now occupy.

Warren was born in Australia and, after his family moved to New Zealand, he received most of his education there, including apprenticeship to his father, as a plumber.  He returned to Australia as a Master Plumber 1966, becoming involved with major plumbing companies here on the Gold Coast, Townsville and Papua New Guinea.  He and his wife Carole were involved in management rights in the 1990’s, before their retirement in 2001.

Warren and Carole have traveled extensively overseas and currently live at Hope Island".

Finally, please don't forget the Annual General Meeting at The Shed - Saturday 16th July is the date.

Please consider nominating someone for the Committee, turn up on the day, ask questions and vote.

Most importantly, maintain your membership by paying your annual subscription of $50 (or an instalment), due on 30th June.



Posted 3 June 2011


It was a quiet day at The Shed on Saturday  21st May; at the Boat Show perhaps or the Wood Exhibition in Brisbane?  No matter, a number of stalwarts were there for a presentation to our Councillor Margaret Grummitt of a plaque made by Hugh, who did the honours.  It depicted a map of Australia cut from different timbers and with a brass plate (see pictures in the Gallery).  This gift of appreciation was gratefully accepted and we were assured it would hang in Margaret's new office in The Hub, in due course.  In response, Margaret mentioned how she felt the Labrador community was changing and that this had been said to her by other people.  She believed that groups such as ours were having a very positive effect and new life was being brought to the area.


For those members who have not been to The Shed for a while, you will be interested to know that we now have several new pieces of machinery.  The table saw, compound mitre saw and band saw have all been replaced with heavier units.  A new portable lathe has also appeared and it will be useful when we do off-site demonstrations.  Sticky fingers Peter has acquired a new metal plasma cutter.  How does he do it? We know it did not fall off the back of a truck.  The result of this acquisition meant we had to obtain a larger capacity air compressor and "voila".


Our in-house sparks, Bill is yet to do any wood work.  He rolls up all the time to rearrange our wiring to suit the new machinery.  You will notice too, that switching on any dust making machine automatically starts its dust collector.  Thank you Bill - you have done and continue to do a great job for us, we all appreciate it!


Tony (Lynch) has now got our system for accreditation for working with different machines up and running.  Shed Captains will be watching to ensure that the colour code on members badges allows them to work on the machine they are using.  If you want to be

upgraded, then ask a Shed Captain on a Saturday morning to put you through the hoops. Please respect this system, it is there for your own safety.


Currently the forecourt of The Shed is being repaved and there is a bit of a mess - park off- site and enter from the Brisbane or Turpin Roads.  Won't it be great when all the work is finished and The Hub is humming?

Posted 19 May 2011


Yesterday twenty three members attended a demonstration by master wood turner, Vince Wright from the Mudgeeraba Woodturners Association.  Vince’s speed and accuracy at the lathe was a revelation to members, who gained many valuable hints from listening to his commentary and watching him at work.  He certainly earned our enthusiastic vote of thanks. What a pity we were all too enthralled to think about taking a photograph.


Tony has finished his first and he says, last carpet bowls mobile storage unit. It was commissioned by the Gold Coast City Council for a Senior Citizens Centre and if you look at the Gallery page you will see members lifting it from the bench ready for delivery. Another new picture on the Gallery page shows Norm distracted from his toy painting and President Warren tiling the dormer windows for the roof of a dolls house.  There is a large amount of work involved in building these and we have some thirty kits!


Members will be interested to know that arrangements for a storage mezzanine are in train. We need more space for storage now.  We have exotic timbers for turning stored off site, dolls house kits too and completed projects need space as well. Let’s hope it can get under way soon.


Our next big day will be 11th June when we are going to hold a “Garage Sale” outside the Shed. Surplus tools will be on sale, together with toys and other stuff we have made.  We hope to raise some cash, so spread the word.


It is time for members to think about who should be nominated for positions on our Committee for next year.  We have been fortunate that our Committee has been a well skilled group and our Shed had got off to a great start.  New blood is always welcome, so think about it and consider nominating someone you think has the necessary skills and interest to be a good committee man.

Posted 6 January 2011


Our final activity for the 2010 was our Christmas lunch held on 15th December and attended by over forty Shed members and their wives and friends.  Once again the Malay Paradise restaurant proved to be a great venue for our lunch, with good service and excellent food.

At the lunch, President Warren Humphries paid a fine tribute to our recently deceased member, Warren Fowler (16 September 1938 – 9 December 2010).  Warren was a stalwart of The Shed from the very beginning and we can thank him for much that we enjoy at our Shed. He was a fine member and will be sadly missed.


A number of members attended a Service to honour his memory, proudly wearing The Shed shirts recently presented to them by Councillor Margaret Grummitt.  Margaret had presented them to our Shed Captains at a Hangi she held at her home on 11th December, as a thank you for the service they had given to The Shed over the past year.  It was a most memorable night and despite the rain, the food emerged from the pit in fine condition.  

Thank you Margaret - not only for this night but also for the interest and encouragement you have given us throughout the year.


Well, we end our first year of activities in great shape.  Our Shed is well set up with virtually all the machinery we need.  We have even been able to upgrade some of our machines and more upgrading is planned for this year.  Our good financial shape is thanks to the benefactors whose names appear on our “Thanks” Honour Board.   Our thanks too to the members who have volunteered to work at the Bunnings BBQs, which have been great fund-raisers.  Let us not forget the many members who roll up each week to make possum boxes and such like, which have also boosted our funds.  Have we forgotten the toy makers?  Of course not, well done Shedders.


Our activities have settled into something of a routine. On Mondays our metal working activities continue under the enthusiastic guidance of Peter Fernside.  Peter continues to amaze us by producing from his contacts MIG welders, plasma cutters and what have you. How does he do it?


To instruct our wood turners, Graham Brandt turns up on Tuesdays (notice the pun?).   Some fine pieces have been produced and welcome donations have been made. Yoshi -  The Early Learning Centre loved your exquisite work.


President Warren has started a wood carving group on Wednesdays and our committed Shed Captains, Ron Chetham and Tony Harris, are always on hand to control projects and assist members with their projects.  Don’t forget to browse through our “Gallery” elsewhere on the website, to see some of work members have done.


Recently, we were pleased to host several groups who wanted to start their own Sheds. To the blokes from Gatton, Beaudesert and Mount Gravatt, we hope your visit to our Shed was useful and we wish you well with your endeavours.


Our final mention for the year is a fitting one for the Christmas period.  We were asked if we could produce two hundred wooden hand-held crosses for the National Christian Youth Convention, recently held on the Gold Coast.  Certainly we could - but only due to the inventiveness of our members, who devised a very clever way of mass-producing them - all credit to you fellows.

We have received this message from the Reverend Sue Page (you may remember that she blessed our Shed at the opening):-


“Once again, we must say a big thank you to The Men’s Shed for contributing this significant gift to the young people attending NCYC - there were about 900 from all around Australia and from all I’ve heard, it has been a fantastic, life changing, transformational time for them all.”


Thank you Sue, this is what our Shed is about.


We are grateful to all who have contributed to the success of our Shed over the past year and reckon we are in for a great New Year - Join in it!

Posted 19 October 2010


As The Shed has been very busy with projects, we are now going to open on Wednesday afternoons from 1.30 pm, so that members can have some space and a fair go at the machinery for their own projects.   This is a trial to see what support there is and John Botwright will be our Shed Captain.

Posted 24 September 2010


With the official opening out of the way, we are now down to business.  The Shed is open every morning except Sunday, officially between 9 am and midday, though it’s a rare day that it’s not open half an hour before and after that.


On Monday, Peter Fernside is Shed Captain, looking after the metal working area.  His big project is converting gas bottles into BBQs for Pacific Island folk.  So far we only do cutting and welding of stuff.  Who wants to create an art work?  Surely we can do as well as some of the fabrications we see around.


For the rest of the week it is woodwork.  Wood turning classes on Tuesdays are under the control of Graham Braund and our shedders’ skills are improving.


On Wednesdays, Warren Humphries is Shed Captain and he is thinking about starting a wood carving group - anybody interested in this?  Contact Warren.


On Thursdays and Fridays Tony Harris runs the shop.  Constructing possum boxes is currently a large project for his team.  We have supplied over thirty so far and the orders keep coming in.  Children’s toys are on the production line too.  Christmas is coming and it will be good to be able to pass over boxes of these to charities.  More shedders are welcome to take part.


On Saturdays we usually have our biggest day and all sorts of things go on under Warren’s watchful eye (Humphries that is).  We try to induct members then, explaining our rules and accrediting shedders to use the various machines.  Come along and get your skills checked and approved.


Despite this activity, members come in from time to time to work on their own projects. Should you wish to have a go at something, come along but please talk to the Shed Captain of the day and tell him what you are about.  He may be able to help you and could let you use some of the stock of our timber for your job.  Look on the large “To Do Today” notice board and his name will be listed there.  Monday is not a good day for woodworking.  We are concerned about the possibility of a dust explosion caused by welding sparks, but any other day is fine.


Warren Fowler is getting a group together for a lunch following the shed closing on Wednesday, 6th October.  We are going to Malaysian at Runaway Bay, so you know what you will be in for - bring your Quick-eze.  Any takers, put your name down on the notice, on the board in the kitchen.


Warren F is also concerned about the amount of timber we have in the shed and is working on a mezzanine floor for storage.  Already we could use a bigger shed, but who’s complaining? (well, not much).  Fortunately, we may have sufficient funds for the project, as the Queensland Government (Anna Bligh and Peta-Kaye Croft) have told us there is $6,000 for us in the Gambling Fund.  Thanks to our Shed volunteers and Bunnings, we earned $1,350 from the latest sausage sizzle there.


If you just want to chat, come in for smoko at ten but bring your fifty cents and don’t forget that we like to get two dollars from you for any day that you work on your own project - fair enough?


See you at The Shed!

Posted 12 August 2010


We had our Official Opening today and it was a great success, with over eighty people attending.  Our great supporter, Councillor Margaret Grummitt, was our MC and introduced and invited to speak our Federal Member, Stuart Robert MP, our State Member Peta-Kaye Croft MP, Damien Knight from The Benevolent Society and the Mayor, Ron Clarke, MBE who officially opened The Shed.  Margaret arranged for some members of a local choir, “The Blenders” to sing the National Anthem and for Reverend Sue Page from the Uniting Church, Southport, to give the Blessing. (click on “Our Creed” above to see the Blessing).

Posted 12 March 2010


Our first acquisition was a container that was moved onto a site at Parkwood.  We have used it to store timber and donated tools.  We were given the keys to our Shed on

13 January and since then we have been engaged in fit-out and a number of items were brought in from the container.  Machinery donated or on loan has been checked over and rewired where necessary, cleaned up and repainted. Donated hand tools have been sorted and cleaned up and dust collectors have been purchased and are being assembled.


We now have the basic essential machinery and have constructed two woodworking benches.  We are currently working on partitioning-off the kitchen and office and building storage shelving.  All this work has been done on Saturday mornings and some midweek work, when members were available. The work has been hampered by power not being connected until 8 March


We have accepted a job from The Benevolent Society to construct a timber surround for a sand pit at their Labrador Child and Family Centre at The Hub.  The surround has now been installed and seating is being constructed.  There are other projects we have been asked to work on for charities.


As we are still fitting out the Shed, it is not practical to open for members who wish to build things for themselves.  As soon as the fitting-out has been completed, we will fix opening times which will, to a degree, be dependent on the number of members, which currently tops 40.  Despite the fact that we have decided to delay actively seeking members until the fit out has been completed, fellows keep turning up at the shed seeking to join.  This level of interest has been very encouraging for us and demonstrates the need for a facility such as ours.


We will be holding a General Meeting at The Hub on Wednesday 31 March, 2010 at 7.30 pm for members and interested parties. The meeting will start with a brief inspection of the Shed and will continue in the main building meeting room.


The official opening is proposed for the 4th May 2010. More information on this when available.


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