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We are a Men’s Shed located at Melba, North Belconnen in Canberra, Australia. This website was built using WordPress with the Creativo responsive Theme. 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)

9th May 2015 – Clarrie Hockley (13/03/1928 – 09/05/2015, 87 years) passed away

10th Apr 2015 – Bob Greeney spoke on the Meccano Project & the fact that it now operated in eight primary schools with about 60 volunteers. More volunteers are always appreciated – for more information, click HERE

10th Apr 2015 – Brian Wells is still seeking old spectacles, frames, cases etc to send overseas to disadvantaged recipients. Please bring any old spectacles, even damaged or broken ones to the Shed and Brian will take them off your hands

Apr 2015 – Bowel Screening Kits – These can be arranged through Rotary for $15 – contact Ron Thomson 6258 4699. Should be available from 1 May  Read this

April 2015 – Shed Kitchen Renovation – North Belco Uniting Church, is renovating the kitchen in the Shed building. This existing kitchen will be removed between 13-16 April & the new kitchen installed over a few weeks commencing 20 April.

1st Apr 2015 – AMSA Insurances for Melba Shed for Mar 2015 – Feb 2016

Long Cycle Trips planned

Lunchtime MelodiesJoint 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 10th Jun

24th April 2015 – Laurie Power recently broke his ankle. He is still immobile, and expects to be absent from the Shed for several weeks.  However, with his kindle, mobile phone, and TV remote readily available he is in high spirits. He sends his thanks to the many Shed members who have called him

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 – Harry Williams who 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 home recuperating. He’s happy to receive visitors but please check first with his wife, Margaret on 6251 2219. Harry  is still improving. He is now able to hobble along on a walking stick, and has a medical helper check on him three times a week

3rd Feb 2015 – One of our inaugural & founding members Don Gruber diagnosed with bowel cancer. It it with deep regret we advise that Don has aggressive bowel cancer. We wish him all the best and hope his treatment will be successful. Don has been at the HaHa Bar on several occasions. In late March he went with Phil to Boorowa & Goulburn to research more of his ancestors. Later news received indicates Don’s heavy treatment may be stemming his tumours. We hope further treatment will provide even more good news.

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 HaHa Bar on various occasions. He is still undergoing chemo treatment in April

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Member & Friends Information

Tabitha Foundation – Cambodia – History of Volunteers and Housebuilding
In early 1995, Andy Payne, a teacher with United World College in Singapore, came to Cambodia and learned about Tabitha. Andy wanted his students to come and learn about poverty through a volunteer experience. Tabitha Cambodia responded to this request by developing the house building project. The concept was to provide a learning experience that taught the recent history of Cambodia and to combine this learning with a practical experience of the impact on many people here. This was to be done through building a small home for a family in our project. From 1995 when the first team arrived until 2003 – the number of houses built was deeply affected by various coup attempts within Cambodia and concern over health issues such as SARS and the bird flu. Since 2003, the number of volunteers and the house being built have increased from 300 per year to a current average of 1,000 plus per year.
Bob Greeney’s daughter, Kate, a teacher at Harrison School, has raised funds to support the building of six new houses in Cambodia through the Tabitha Foundation. Here’s what Kate had to say: … I will be headed overseas in January to build houses in the poorest rural and remote villages of Cambodia. Our team will be undertaking this project through the Tabitha Foundation and we are aiming to build six houses while we are away. To do that we need to raise the money for each house we plan to build (one house is $1,700 Australian dollars)
Kate Greeney, Executive Teacher – Yrs 5-10 Student Engagement, Harrison School, Wimerra Street, Harrison ACT 2914, Phone: 02 6142 2200

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

Superb Parrots Bruce

4th April 2014 – MLA Dr Chris Bourke. Chris introduced himself & explained that he was keen to experience our shed & what we do & meet some of our members. Both Mary Porter & he had a strong interest in the variety of Men’s Shed that are springing up in the ACT & 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 shed movement.

General Items

Australia Day poses curious questions: just what are we celebrating on 26 January? In this Canberra Times – Fairfax article of the 24th Jan 2015, David Hunt posed several questions including why do we celebrate Australia Day on 26th Jan when Capt Cook landed at Botany Bay on 28th April 1770. Of course I always thought we celebrated it on that day as Governor Phillip raised the flag at farm Cove then. Interestingly enough, Cook did actually land in Australia on a 26th Jan. But it wasn’t in 1770 but in 1777 on his 3rd voyage, and it was at Adventure Bay, Bruny Island, Tasmania; the only place he touched Australia again after his 1st voyage. He was at Adventure Bay from 24th-30th Jan and then headed straight for NZ

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. It says they last up to 15 years. These bulbs make the CFL’s look so dim and useless. Now available in Bunnings as well

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 LED Aldi 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

Our City Our Community ACT Govt Newsletter Available on line

ActewAGL have launched a FREE energy efficiency program that can make a real difference to your energy costs. They are making free Energy Saving House Calls to homes in the ACT to install products that can help reduce energy bills. These include standby power controllers, energy efficient light bulbs & door seals & are fitted by a certified installer at a time that is convenient to you. You can also ring

Purple Smoke Tree

Purple Smoke Tree

Free Annual Pass to National Parks in NSW for Pensioners An NPWS Exemption Card is available for individuals who hold a valid Pensioner Concession Card or Veterans receiving an Extreme Disability Allowance, Intermediate Rate & Special Rate pensions. This means free access to parks. Seniors Card holders are entitled to a discount of approx 20% on the full price of an annual pass for a vehicle registered in their name. You need to apply by fax or mail to the OEH National Parks Contact Centre & include copies of both your Seniors Card & your vehicle rego papers

BCC and Planning Issues

ACTPLA are working on an update of the Belconnen Town Centre master plan Belconnen Town Centre Master Plan Update

Westfield selling its approved development along Emu Bank & LDA selling block behind Labor Club for up to 800 apartments

Health Items of Interest to the Shed – see here

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

2014 12 05 – Margo Saunders, health researcher presented a talk titled: ‘Here for a good time, not a long time – the challenges of preventive health for men’. Her notes are summarised on this page

Bowel Screening Kits – These can be arranged through Rotary for $15 – contact Ron Thomson 6258 4699 Read this

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 other

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


Computer Group Presentations & Handouts

Kayak on Lake Ginninderra 2014

Kayak Lake Ginninderra

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

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