Special Notices in Date Order (generally excludes items on our Program)
13th March 2015 – The planned excursion to the Big Hole south of Braidwood is not happening and is deferred indefinitely. The committee agreed it might be too long a trip. A new item for that day will be advised shortly
Mar 2015 Long Cycles
Mon 23 March 2015 – Greenhills Working Bee – Depart Shed at 9:00am – Return around 2:00pm. This is always a great day when many laughs are assured as you work alongside friends old and new. The work the Shed members do is very valuable in
maintaining the property at Greenhills as it significantly reduces their ongoing maintenance costs and you go home with a real sense of achievement. Morning tea and lunch are catered by Greenhills. Mark this event on your Calendar or Diary!
Lunchtime Melodies – Joint Venture between Ginninderra Rotary & Belconnen Raiders Club – 2nd Wed each month starting 9th July 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 Wed 11th Mar 2015 Then 8th April; 13th May ; 10th Jun
6th Mar 2015 – John Canning has advised he is not well. He will be undertaking tests to determine what action is needed
20th Feb 2015 – John Arundel is also ill. He has gone to Melbourne to be close to his daughters. Latest news indicates John’s issue may be sorted with some surgery
20th Feb 2015 – Wal Cooper was reported ill by Laurie Power as he had been missing from the Shed for several weeks
20th Feb 2015 – Harry Williams was reported on 3rd Feb as having bad breaks in his ankle from tripping over a sign on a footpath at Belconnen recently. He is now reported to have been moved to the Mullangarrie Unit which is a 15 bed Residential Care Facility located in Red Hill. He’s keen to receive visitors but please check first with his wife, Margaret on 6251 2219
3rd Feb 2015 – One of our inagural & founding members Don Gruber diagnosed with bowel cancer. It it with deep regret we advise you that Don has aggressive bowel cancer. Don is seeking further medical advice for his possible treatments at this time. We wish him all the best and hope treatment will be successful. Don was at the HaHaBar on several ocassions
25 Dec 2014 – Member Ray Nelson was admitted to Calvary Hospital after suffering symptoms of a mild stroke. On the 8th Jan Ray was moved to Canberra Hospital. Ray had successful surgery on Tuesday 13th Jan, with malignant tumours being removed. Ray is in good spirits and quite mobile but has suffered some impacts to his sight and reading ability. Ray had radiation treatment during the first part of Feb. He began special immune treatment on 25th Feb. He has made appearances at the HaHaBar on various occasions
23rd Jan 2015 – Narrabundah Pre Fabs – A unique story in Canberra’s urban history – Write up by Geoff Grimmett and pictures
16th Jan 2015 -Death of Ongath Kittiyavong: Lao Buddhist Monk. It is with sadness that I report the death in a car accident of Ongath, the Buddhist Monk who was working towards building a temple next to our church at Melba. From The Canberra Times: The man killed in a car crash near Braidwood on Sunday 10th was a Lao Buddhist monk studying in Canberra. Ongath Kittiyavong, 33, was a monk based in Belconnen, a spokesman from the Lao embassy said. He had been studying in Canberra for about a year after moving from Sydney. His sponsor in Sydney was arranging the funeral. Mr Kittiyavong died after his Mitsubishi sedan crashed into a tree on the Kings Highway, 10 kilometers east of Braidwood about 2.30pm on Sunday. A 27-year-old woman in the car escaped with minor injuries, but had to be freed from the car before she was taken to Canberra Hospital for observation. One of the first on the scene of the crash, off-duty tow truck driver Matthew Greig, crimped the fuel line and stopped the engine to make the situation safer for the trapped woman. Gary Watson NBUC
Shed Management Issues
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Member & Friends Information
St John Ambulance has announced their community education program, 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
The topics are:
1. What if the worst happens – This will focus on what to do if someone is not awake, talking or breathing normally or is choking.We will cover the DRSABCD Action plan, how to do CPR (it’s surprisingly easy), how to use a defibrillator & how to help someone who is choking.
2. Medical emergencies – This will focus on conscious patients suffering chest pain, stroke, anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction) & burns.
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
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). Click HERE for more information
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4th April 2014 – MLA Dr Chris Bourke. Chris introduced himself and explained that he was keen to experience our shed and what we do and meet some of our members. Both he and Mary Porter had a strong interest in the variety of Men’s Shed that are springing up in the ACT and what they had to offer men in our community. Chris stated that he was keen to work on seeing networking between these sheds develop over the next 12 months, being a big fan of the men’s shed movement.