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 Information Links

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

Magpie Attack Maps and alerts in the ACT. Useful for walkers and cyclists

24th Oct 2015 – Turkish Cultural Event – Sufi Music Ensemble and Whirling Devishes – The Turkish Embassy, which provided a speaker to the Shed earlier this year, has requested the Shed committee to advertise that a free performance of Turkish music and dance will be given at Llewellyn Hall on Wednesday 14 October. This event is organised as part of the Year of Turkish Culture in Australia.  It will start at 7pm, and is expected to last for two hours. Members could regard the event as a spectacular conclusion to the Embassy’s presentation to the Shed. It would be an inexpensive but classy night out, and an ideal opportunity for a Shed ‘outing’ with our ladies, possibly followed by supper. The link above provides details and booking arrangements. Whirling Dervishes and their dance information

Jim Greethead  It is with sadness we have learnt of the passing of Jim at home on 29th Sep, age 75 who previously attended the Shed. He is the much love husband of Bernadette, father of Debbie and Linda, & Grandfather to Adrian, Rhiannon, Stephen, Jess, Josh and Jordan. The funeral service will be held in the Chapel of Norwood Park Crematorium, Mitchell on Fri 9th Oct 2015 at 3PM

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

7th Aug 2015 – Brian Wells want members to consider donating out of date old pharmaceuticals to send to places like Vietnam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. If you still wish to be involved please advise Greg on email: actelan@gmail.com. We may have some further training later in the year

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

Echidna Mt Ainslie

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 14th OctProgram 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. 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 melbashed@gmail.com

Member & Friends Information

ChristchurchSome amazing pictures of Christchurch being rebuilt from a friend over there

Floriade is on from 12 Sep to 12 Oct this year. Floriade Australia website

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 – Jim, a member of the Shed is voluntarily involved in a working group on community development of West Belconnen. 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) & generally build a strong &  vibrant community.
A list of projects, priorities & community-based activities is being developed at present & 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 & 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 & supportive. They are aiming to run Paint & Play on Fridays during school terms from 9:30am – 11:00am, commencing about Friday 4th September (week 6). Interested talk to Jim from 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

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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