Welcome to Melba Shed

We are a Men’s Shed located at Melba, North Belconnen in Canberra, Australia. Our purpose is to provide a place where older, mainly retired men can meet, socialise, undertake excursions, community activities and some healthy exercise activities. For more background information

Our old website is melbashed.com/oldsite and will not be updated after 7th Nov 2014

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Special Notices in Date Order (generally excludes items on our Program)

21st Nov 2015 – (Sat) The annual Voices in the Forest concert will be held. Volunteers will be required to help with parking and assisting visitors

2015 AGM and election of office bearers is tentatively scheduled for 6th Nov. Members are encouraged to nominate for the Committee as suggested here

28th Aug 2015 – Peter Croker & Wayne Harris from the Anglican Christ Church in Hawker visited us to see how we do things. Hope he enjoyed it! They are considering setting up their own Mens Shed

28th Aug 2015 –  Bus – Apparently we can gain access to the BCS bus for excursions. The Secretary will check out the processes

28th Aug 2015 – Presidents term – Laurie advised us that the committee had decided that the person occupying the Presidents position should change every year at the AGM (Ed comment: now if only we could get the PM, CM etc to do the same!!)

7th Aug 2015 – Brian Wells want members to consider donating out of date old pharmaceuticals to send to places like Vietnam

Jun 2015 – Shed Web Site Training – for prospective system admins & web editors for maintaining & running the Shed web site into the future. The dates these were held were Mondays 15th,, 22nd &  29th Jun. It concentrated on logging into WordPress on the web live & creating some pages & populating them with some text, pictures & sliders. If you still wish to be involved please advise Greg on email: actelan@gmail.com. We may have some further training in early Aug once attendees have done some more research, personal training & the school hols are over

Keith Grieve is shortly moving to Perth and has a number of items to sell

Echidna Mt Ainslie

Luke Wensing’s Funding Raising for the RFDS

Lunchtime MelodiesJoint Venture between Ginninderra Rotary & Belconnen Raiders Club – 2nd Wed each month between 11.30-12.30PM at Raiders Belconnen (Kippax), gold coin donation – includes various bands, choirs, individuals, films: coffee, tea & option of $9 seniors lunch after. Next event 9th Sep. Later months will included TUGS Ukelele Band and Wallys band – Program to Dec 2015

Information on our Sick Members

Long Cycle Trips planned

See our Shed Management Items 1st Apr 2015 – AMSA Insurances for Melba Shed for Mar 2015 – Feb 2016

Your Experiences – We are keen to record members’ views about their Melba Shed experiences. If you can pen some words together it might provide some inspiration for others, especially for those who later in life may be looking for things to do or just for companionship. The concept of Men’s Sheds was about providing a focus for men to meet and share their experiences with others and to foster a degree of comradeship. Share your thoughts whether positive or not so positive This was Barry Howe’s offering in 2013 You can send your words of wisdom by emailing them to Bob Salmond at melbashed@gmail.com

Member & Friends Information

21st Aug 2015 President Laurie advised invitation to members from Dr Madeleine Nicol of The John Curtin School of Medical Research, ANU. The JCSMR will open its doors to the public from 10am – 3pm on Saturday 29 August and we have been extended an open invitation to attend. The Open Day will have displays & demonstrations in the foyer, and tours of the building, access to the scientists working in the laboratory and talks on the progress being made in research fields including cancer, vision, hearing, autoimmune disease, prevention of malaria and more

The Amazing Belco Scavenger Race – Saturday 12 September 2 pm – 5 pm – Belconnen Community Services is running this scavenger hunt/race which is open to everyone. The race will see teams of up to five people per vehicle scrambling to all corners of Belconnen. The cost is $50 per vehicle or you can purchase a seat on the community bus for $10. Contact therace@bacsact.com.au to register your team or ring 6264 0200

The 10/10 project – This is a community volunteering project providing a one-off free yard and garden clean-up for members of our community needing help (such as the sick, aged or disabled). The project is spoored by Belconnen Community Services, Housing ACT and Uniting Care Kippax. (Contact BCS if willing and interested.)

The West Belconnen Community Development Project – An (anonymous) member of the Shed is voluntarily involved in a working group on community development of West Belconnen (areas west of Kingsford Smith Drive). It is aimed focussed on community-based requirements necessary to support stronger families, create a better start to life ( 0-8years), Create Employment Pathways (young people 15 to 24 years), Connect with Older People (aged 65 years and older) and generally build a strong and vibrant community.
A list of projects, priorities and community-based activities is being developed at present and any ideas, suggestions or comments are most welcome. A variety of activities will be announced over the next six months which may need some help, volunteering or other assistance.
One of the projects about to commence is the West Belconnen Paint and Play at Flynn Preschool, an interactive, social outdoor playgroup for families with children 0 – 5 years age. This will involve developmentally- based activities such as play dough, bubbles, physical gross motor activities, sensory activities, easel painting, stories and songs. ACT Playgroups would like to link as many local or ACT organisations as possible who are interested being involved to ensure this program is inclusive, engaging, educational and supportive. They are aiming to run Paint and Play on Fridays during school terms from 9:30am – 11:00am, commencing about Friday 4th September (week 6). If you would like to participate or if you have any ideas please pass them on to Anonymous of Spence ( grenj46@gmail.com) or 0410 625 864.

St John Ambulance’s, Project Resilience is continuing in 2015 & will again target active retirees, seniors & their families.  This year they have two topics that will be repeated at different times over the year. These first aid information sessions are again free for active retirees, seniors and their families and will be run by St John ACT volunteers. Bookings can be made on 6282 2399. Dates & details in this flyer. We had our session on 24th Jul on CPR & using the defibrillator Pictures

Superb Parrots Bruce

2014 – Open letter from North Belconnen Day Centre – The Centre meets just across the way in the Church building. Any Melba Shed member is welcome to talk to Jeanette Branch on 6258 5784 at the North Belconnen Day Centre if they have friends, family or neighbours, men or women, who would benefit from the day centre activities or whose families/ carers would benefit from respite by those they care for accessing NBDC sessions (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 10am-2pm)

General Items

Park Run around part of Lake Ginninderra. This group offers a 5Km free fun run around part of the Lake every Sat from 8AM. They meet at John Knight park. There are similar runs at Gungahlin and Tuggeranong

ACCC’s Product Safety Recalls

Our City Our Community ACT Govt Newsletter Available on line

Purple Smoke Tree

Purple Smoke Tree

Free Annual Pass to National Parks in NSW for Pensioners & Seniors Card holders are entitled to a discount of approx 20% on the full price of an annual pass for a vehicle in their name. An NPWS Exemption Card is available for individuals who hold a valid Pensioner Card or Veterans on an Extreme Disability Allowance, Int Rate & Special Rate pensions

BCC and Planning Issues

Health Items of Interest to the Shed

The seven essential health check-ups you need – from ‘The New Daily’

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners – Redbook Guidelines for preventive activities in general practice 8th edition

Choices Comparisons of 170 Breakfast Cereals from brands such as Nestle, Uncle Tobys, Sanitarium, Kellogg’s and more

Prostmate – Doug Crawford provided this link to Prostmate. They provide online advice and support about prostate issues. To get support you need to sign up but its free. This then allows you to connect and talk to professional nurses about prostate problems. The site is provided by Australian Prostate Cancer Research. Urologist Professor Tony Costello at the Royal Melbourne Hospital is involved in this site and an associated Health Clinic for Men
3rd Oct 2014 – A member (Doug) advised us of his prostrate experiences where he used a urologist in Melbourne Tony Costello who uses the robotic method for prostate removal. He estimated with accommodation and travel costs to Melbourne his gross costs were around $18K and his net costs after rebates about $14-15K. Ouch! Still cheaper than $20K plus estimated by some others

Advanced Care Planning – check out the information on how to plan for your future before you are unable to do so. Thanks to Jim Grenfell

Technical Items of Interest

EFTM’s Review of “See what’s behind the bushes, and find electrical and building defects – FLIR C2 Review”. This is an expensive but amazing infra red technology to detect all sorts of electrical & building issues

LED Bulbs. Greg is using a Philips 12.5W 1055 lumen B22 direct replacement for old bayonet incandescent fittings. It’s nominally supposed to equal a 75W incandescent but he thinks the lighting is better. He bought one from Bunnings Fyshwick ACT $16 & another from Woolies Belconnen ACT for $17 both in mid to late 2014. They are not dimmable. He noticed lots of ES/screw fittings but only a few B22 bayonets fittings available There appears to be a range of 8 Philips globes from 4 to 14W. Interesting product guide. Alternative globes labelled A60 & A67 which are dimmable with the right Clipsal dimmer. They offer ES27/B22 connectors and have 12 or 17 watts and there is a price of around $40 for the 17W B22 version. See Dimmable Philips B22 17W LEDAldi recently sold dimmable LEDs 7/10/15Watt screw & bayonet globes for $9.95

Testing of Solar PV Inverters. ACTEWAGL is sending out notices to those who have had solar panels installed to have their installation & especially the Inverter checked & certified as safe. Greg Hutchison received one such note in Sept asking that his installation be checked by a certified installer within 60 days. Letter | FAQ & doc req’d | Appropriate list of certifiers. Note Greg used SolarHub based in Mitchell as the certifier. The test costs $154 incl GST

Computer Group Presentations & Handouts

Useful General Information – E-Book Readers and Tablets – About Kindles & Tablets

Useful General Regional Information – About the local region ie farmers markets, bookfairs, history items, etc

Useful General Environmental and Living Information – About recycling, U3A, Myna Birds, gardening, etc

Items or Services for Sale

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