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

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

28th Nov 2015 – Proposed Annual Shed Dinner – with Partners at Labor Club NOTE. This is not being held this year.

21st Nov 2015 – (Sat) The annual Voices in the Forest concert was be held.  10 Shed members were part of the Rotary volunteers who helped with parking & assisting visitors. The Shed will receive $1000 for the effort


Winner Ted, & Jim

20th Nov 2015 (Fri) – The 2015 Melba Shed Annual Golf Open Day was held at the Gungahlin Lakes Golf Course
A strong field of 5 elite golfers (cough! cough!) contested the event. Paul Taylor, Geoff Grimmett, Ron Thomson , Jim Grenfell & Ted Tregillas were the players. Three players were in contentions for the Trophy at end of the 8th hole, Ron & Geoff had been left behind in the wake of the golf played by Ted, Jim & Paul. However Ted Tregillas showed his real golfing talent on the 9th hole with a strong par to clinch the title of “ Melba Shed Open Golf Champion for 2015.”  Pictures

17th Nov 2015 – Bob Salmond our past Secretary is currently touring Turkey.  Pictures of the World heritage site of Hierapolis, near Pamukkale, Turkey and Aphrodisias and Bob on the Aegean and Troy. More pictures

6th Nov 2015 – AGM and election of office bearers was held on the 6th Nov. The new President and committee are listed here.  Annual reports are available here

Bob @ Aphrodisias

Bob @ Aphrodisias

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

7th Aug 2015 – Brian Wells want members to consider donating out of date old pharmaceuticals to  send to places like Vietnam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

Gillian @ Aphrodisias

Gillian @ Aphrodisias

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 – 9th Dec “The Second Movement”- Program to Dec 2015

Information on our Sick Members

Long Cycle Trips planned

See our Shed Management Items

Bob @ on Aegean Sea

Bob @ on Aegean Sea

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

Member & Friends Information

6th Dec 2015 (Sun) -Terribly British Day 2015 – The Terribly British event will be at Weston Park on Sun 6th Dec from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm This car show celebrates the 40th anniversary of Canberra’s first British car show

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

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 sponsored by Belconnen Community Services, Housing ACT and Uniting Care Kippax. (Contact BCS if willing and interested.)

Echidna Mt Ainslie

The West Belconnen Community Development Project  is a continuing long-term project focussed on building a strong &  vibrant community.  At this stage it has a particular focus  on the community-based requirements necessary to Support Stronger Families, Create a Better Start to Life (0-8 years), Create Employment Pathways (young people 15 to 24 years), and Connect with Older People (aged 65 years and older).  A list of projects, priorities & community-based activities is being developed at present and any ideas, suggestions or comments are most welcome and can be passed on to Jim Grenfell, a Shed member, who is a community representative.  You can contact Jim on grenj46@gmail.com or 0410 625 864

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

Superb Parrots – Bruce

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

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

Purple Smoke Tree

Health Items of Interest to the Shed

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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