The following sub-pages provide an overview of some of the interesting activities and excursions the Shed has undertaken over the current and previous years

Special Interest Groups

If you’re interested in leading/co-ordinating a SIG then please advise the Shed We have also developed some special activity groups or special interest groups (SIGs), for things such as:

  • Walking
  • Cycling
  • Meccano
  • Coffee and Chat – Mike Munk – meeting now Raiders Club Kippax (initially it was the Southern Cross Club, Jamison) at 10AM Tues.

Some groups have not taken off, are ended or inactive:

  • Computers – Phil Laird, Eric Sadlowski – was meeting Wed 2.30PM at the Shed
  • Cards
  • Healthy Eating Activity & Lifestyle – Bob Greeney – Was at CIT Fit & Well Gym at Bruce. Details below
  • Majhong – John Canning. First day was Mon 16th June 2-4PM at the Shed
  • Men’s Sing Along – Geoff Grimmett – Note this group has ceased for the time-being
  • Table Tennis- volunteer needed
  • Bowls (several members still play)
  • Golfing (several members play and organise events between themselves)

Walking Group

See Walks pages

Cycling Group

See Cycling pages

Coffee and Chat

Want to just sit down, relax and natter to a few good Shed mates? Then the Coffee and Chat SIG is for you! It meets weekly: Tuesday mornings at 10:00am at the Raiders Belconnen Club All Shed Members are most welcome to attend. Call Mike Munk on 0414 254 354 for more information or just turn up at 10:00am at the Raiders Belconnen Club. Stay for lunch too if you wish. Coffee is available for $2.50 and lunch for $12 ($9 if a senior)

Meccano Group

Members of the Melba Shed go to three or more local primary schools each week to work one-on-one with students to build Meccano models. Student participants select & build a model to be made with the assistance & support of a volunteer. If you’d like to be one of them, then give Bob Greeney a call on 6258 4152 or Harry Redfern on 6254 607. It only involves an hour or two once a week during school terms & our members greatly enjoy the experience & provide much appreciated assistance to the kids involved

9th Sep 2016 – Bob Greeney reported that the Meccano project is still continuing well with 9 primary schools in the ACT involved. However they can always do with new members to become involved

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 – more information is below and also see the following article (Was also in Newsletter #274)

Building with Blokes Each week a group of retired men from Melba Men’s Shed spend a morning building meccano models with boys from senior primary classes. This mentoring program provides boys with friendly and positive experiences with older males, having fun constructing Meccano models in a group situation. It also focuses on the skills of perseverance, responsibility and public speaking. Participants have 10 one-hour sessions working with a mentor building a model At the end of the program the student demonstrates and describes their model to the rest of the school at assembly. This program is run through the Schools Volunteer Program of the ACT (SVPACT). (The above article is from Mount Rogers Primary School Webpage)


Around 10 shed members (‘shedders’) help out with meccano support for some children at Mt Rogers Primary, others help at Macquarie, others helps at Macgregor & one other also helps at Latham.

In 2011 it was suggested that Shedders might like to consider refreshing their Meccano skills and joining some of thier fellow “Shedders” already involved in the Schools Meccano Program, part of the Schools Volunteer Program of the ACT (SVPACT). This program is aimed at mentoring young primary students (Grades approx 4 -6) through friendly and positive experiences with older males, having fun constructing Meccano models in a group situation.

Blair Howden, who  helped at Mt Rogers, reported at our Christmas function in 2011 that the school ladies put on an excellent morning tea complete with fresh muffins. Stuart Allan, who has also been helping at Mt Rogers, gave us another overview of the program and how it functions on 28th Sep 2012. The program mainly involves a one on one contact between a volunteer and one young boy or girl for a six week period where the volunteer mentors the young lad as he puts together one of ten meccano projects. There is a feeling through some of the volunteers that many of the young boys enjoy some masculine tutorship as most of the Primary teachers are female and many of the boys come from single parent homes.

Bob Greeney has said overall covering the 8 schools in this program some 40% of the young participants are girls. 6 of the schools undertake the activity on Wed, whilst one does Tues and one Thurs. Harry Redfern is now heavily involved with some of the organising and has assisted 4 men from the Belconnen Bowling Club to help with Meccano mentoring at Charnwood/Dunlop school on Wednesday between 10:00 to 11:00. Contact Harry if you would like to help this program as more are needed at Charnwood/Dunlop. Harry is keen for some Shedders to be involved. Contact Harry on 6254 6077 or email.

If you are interested in this project but unsure of your potential involvement you may also like the opportunity of being an “observer” at one of the weekly sessions, completely obligation or commitment-free. This is a great way to see how the program works first-hand and an opportunity to observe the interaction between the students and their “Meccano Mentors‟. Alternatively, talk to Harry or one of the Shed members already involved in this program. Also If interested, non-shed persons could talk to Bob Greeney (Northside coordinator) on 6258 4152, or or email: [email protected] and he will be very happy to arrange this introductory “observation‟ session.

Golfing Group

Ron Thomson offered to organise a social game of golf on Mondays or Tuesdays, each week to play at the Gungahlin Lakes Golf Course. Green fees are $26.00 for 18 holes. Naturally, “gentleman’s rules” apply and we would normally hit off early to beat the heat. If you are still interested then contact Ron on or email at [email protected]

20th Nov 2015 (Fri) – The 2015 Melba Shed Annual Golf Open Day was held at the Gungahlin Lakes Golf Course. Hit off was 10.00am. A strong field of 5 elite golfers contested the event.  Conditions were hot & very trying, or least Ron & Geoff maintained that their lack of form was due to the conditions. Paul Taylor, Geoff Grimmett, Ron Thomson , Jim Grenfell & Ted Tregillas were the players. The event was played out over 9 eagerly contested holes at the Gungahlin Lakes Golf Course. 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 Tregrillas 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.” The runner up was Paul Taylor who won in a count back from Jim Grenfell with Geoff Grimmett & Ron Thomson well well back in the field  Pictures

27th Nov 2014 (Thu) The 2nd Annual Melba Shed Memorial Invitational Open Golf tournament was held at Gungahlin Lakes with lunch after. There were 4 participants: Ron, Geoff Grimmett, Brian and Paul. Geoff Grimmett played superbly and won. Organised by Ron Thomson. The 1st Annual Tournament was also won by Geoff Grimmett

28th Nov 2013 – 1st Melba Shed Memorial Invitational Golf Open – Geoff Grimmet was declared the winner after a count back. Five players hit off at Belconnen Magpies Golf Course on Friday morning, 28 November. The weather was fine and the company was great. The players were Harry Redfern, Geoff Grimmett, Ron Thomson, Ted Tregillgas and Lynton Jacques. The competition was held over 9 holes. His trophy was presented on 6th Dec 2013 at our regular meeting. Thanks to Laurie Power who designed and built the exclusive Golf Open Trophy.

18th April 2013 – The golf group had a round of golf with 6 members participating at the Gungahlin Lakes Golf Around Canberra – A new Golf Around Canberra Schedule was planned for 2013 to be held in a region from about Braidwood to Yass and Cooma to Goulburn and on a Thursday. However this has been suspended and replaced with ad hoc golf to be organised by members on demand, on Thursdays or other days as required. Any members interested in an occasional game of golf at a local golf club please talk to Harry Redfern 6254 6077 or email or Ron on or email at [email protected]

Golf in the Country Held | 13th Sep 2012 – The first Melba Shed Masters was held at the Braidwood Country Club on 13th Sep 2012 with 7 members (Harry R, Ron T, Ted T, Jim G, Allan S, Wally K, Geoff G) in inclement weather (ie bloody rain). However they enjoyed a nice lunch at the Club after a tough 9 holes | 22nd October (Mon) – 5 Golfing members (Harry Redfern, Ron Thomson, Geoff Grimmett, Ted Tregillgas and Jim Grenfell) visited Yass for another day of golf. Pictures of some smashing shots This is essentially suspended and replaced with ad hoc golf to be organised by members on demand on Thurs or other days as required

Completed or Inactive Groups

  • Healthy Eating Activity and Lifestyle – Bob Greeney – started on 1 May 2014 10.30-12.45PM at the CIT Fit & Well Gym at Bruce, Ring 6207 9977 to register – email. This has now completed
  • Cards – not started
  • Mahjong – John Canning. Was active for a while occurring every 2nd Mon 2-4PM at the Shed. Lacking enough Shed members its become suspended
  • Men’s Sing Along – Geoff Grimmett. Note this group has ceased for the time-being
  • Table Tennis– volunteer needed – not started
  • Tennis – Bob Salmond was the coordinater of Shed social tennis. It was originally planned for Friday mornings (weather permitting) when the club did not have excursions. The activity was to be held at Melba Tennis Courts (off Verbruggen Street, adjacent to the cricket field). Bob has a key to the courts. This didn’t take off so is currently inactive. If your interested then contact Bob Salmond on 0414.977.746 or email [email protected]

Lawn Bowls Group

When Harry Redfern made the offer to run a ‘get to know bowling’ morning for all Shed members on 20 May 2011 he didn’t realise that he would need to deal with more than one or two new recruits. At last count some eight Shedders – including Peter Mitchell, Jim Grenfell, Tony Capeder, Greg Worthington and Ted Tregillgas have all been spotted practicing on the greens under Harry’s keen eye. Pictures of Greg W, Peter, Tony, Ted and Jim on the green on 23 June 2011 See Jim’s cheesy grin! Of course, Harry will be delighted if any other members are interested. Just talk to Harry at any Shed meeting. See more photos of the Shed bowling day   Bowls Training Days. Our Bowls guru Harry Redfern provided shed members with an opportunity to try out lawn bowls further through some free learning sessions at the Belconnen Bowling Club at Hawker. These free sessions were on Sat 3rd and 10th September 2011 between 10AM and 12noon

Computer Group

Phil Laird’s hope was that members will learn more about Windows, Apple and Android systems and extend this to include not only PCs and laptops but also Tablets and Phones as well and the software and applications that they all run.  We’ll plan presentations on popular software packages and hopefully we’ll all learn how to make the most of the software we all use. Naturally this will include the Internet, cloud storage and processing, email systems and the like.   They may even explore Facebook and Twitter | Computer Group Presentations & Handouts You can contact Phil on 0428 581 935

The Computer SIG is suspended for the time being. Click HERE for documentation on earlier meetings. Phone Phil Laird on 0428.5821.935 for more information.

Tue 28 June 2016 – Photographic Special Interest Group – Luke Wensing & Martin van der Hoek talked about cameras and how to take better photos. Contact Luke on 0410 525 577, [email protected] or Martin on 6254 6568, [email protected] Here you can read or download a summary of the talk and some further information about the Photographic SIG meeting

Healthy Eating Activity & Lifestyle (HEAL)

Healthy Eating Activity & Lifestyle (HEAL) was started on 1st May 2014 and finished at the end of June. It is a special ACT & Federally funded program over 8 weeks run at CIT Fit & Well Gym at Bruce 10.30AM-12.45PM. 10 members started and only 4 finished. It required a doctor’s sign off that one could attend.