News and Special Activities and Items of Interest

Latest News

6th Apr 2018 – Cris Kennedy, Manager, Education & Engagement at the National Film & Sound Archive of Australia talked about the work of NFSA and how people can access and use some of the resources of the NFSA

6 Apr 2018 – Laurie Power left Canberra Hospital on this date for a place at the RSL’s McKenzie Gardens nursing home in Page. He will welcome visitors once he is settled in

6 Apr 2018 – The Shed meeting was updated that original member Don Gruber’s health continues to deteriorate due to a growth on his vertabrae. Our best wishes are with him in this time of great suffering


Typical Telstra Pillar

NBN Node


Updated April 2018 – 23 Feb 2018 – NBN Rollout Belconnen. The suburbs of Flynn, Spence, Fraser and some of Charnwood can now connect to the NBN. You can check when your suburb is ready on this map or check you address here. Checking on the address seems to give more up to date info than the map. You can see a special Google map that shows all the Nodes & Pillars for the Scullin NBN FSA. If you zoom in you can see the location of the nearest pillar and node to your place.  For more information on NBN aspects

28 Mar 2018 – Shed members Rick Causebrook and Peter Wilson attended a Men’s Shed Forum conducted by Nicole Lawder MLA, Member for Brindabella, on 28 March. There were a number of key points discussed and a suggested action plan was formulated. See here for notes and pictures

23 Mar 2018 – Visit to Yass Valley Mens Shed

22 Mar 2018 – Passing of Arend Bleyerveen – It’s with much sadness that learned of the death on 22 March of our colleague Arend Bleyerveen. Read here for more details

9 Mar 2018 – Frank O’Rourke – Story of Aust Swimming & Diving Olympic Gold Medallists, Dick Eve & Boy Charlton –  2 Mar 2018 – Frank O’Rourke – Story of First Aust Field Athletics Olympic Gold Medallist, Nick Winter

5 Feb 2018 – Want to understand HDMI and various audio cable options then look at the Cable Chick’s Guides HDMI Buyers’ Guide 2017 and HDMI CEC ARC & Ethernet Simplified

15th Sep 2017 – John Jervis gave an interesting talk about Towrang Convict Stockade, its history, the life of convicts & some background the roads from Sydney to Goulburn. Here is a link to some NSW Govt information on Towrang Convict Stockade, Associated Sites & Road FormationsInformation & pictures from Newsletter #395

Calvary Care

We Need You

4th Aug 2017 – Peter Harvey Pastoral Co-Ordinator, Calvary Haydon Retirement Community visited the Shed & sought volunteers to help with various tasks including driving a 20 seat bus for various trips & outings. Click link to see the pic of the details

Shed Notices

Shed Etiquette – See here

AMSA’s Autumn edition of its Newsletter ‘The Shedder’

23 Feb 2018 – Bob Greeney advised that he requires the assistance of a volunteer to help out with Meccano at Macgregor Primary on Wed afternoons. Contact Bob 6258 4152 or 0407 737 131 or [email protected] 5 Feb 2018 – Bob Greeney is looking for more volunteers for the Meccano Group.  For details see this page Activities and then contact Bob.

5 Feb 2018 – M​embers are requested to think about any presentations to members that the Shed could organise​.   If you know of any interesting speakers or know of topics that Shed members might be interested in, or would like to do a presentation yourself, please give the details to Roger Amos or Rick Causebrook

16th Dec 2017 – The Green Bin Program & Bulky Waste Collection Services

16th Dec 2017 – List of Services and Businesses that offer Senior Card Holders Discounts

8th Dec 2017 – Aoife Berenger from Care Inc gave members an overview of Discounted energy from ACTEWAGL -Click on this line to see details

Sending out emails from Melba Shed – Note this is aimed at the Committee & others who send out emails from the Shed Email account or even their own Email

Viewing Shed Google Photos Albums – The Pictures TAB at the top of the web site will take you to an archive site for Picasa which will still show any albums uploaded from Picasa desktop in some strange order. Click on this for more info on Using & Managing Google Photos

Living Item for Shed Members (ie Pension Issues, Passes, Discounts, Health, etc)

30th Jun 2017 – Securing IDs – One member advised us to look at securing our IDs & bank accounts. People can also get a free credit check one a year and also check with ID Care to secure their own ID data. Tel 1300 432 273. Info on Credit Reports & Bans Also info from The Office of the Aust Info Commissioner 

Peters Jokes

Peter Mitchell telling jokes

Member & Friends Information

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

Yin Yoga – North Belco Uniting Church – Every Tue evening 7.30-8.30PM – Enjoy benefits of Yoga – Gentle stretching, fully qualified instructor, Judith, flexible commitments (no RSVPs), $5 per evening. These 1 hour classes are a great way to take time out & enjoy some gentle & invigorating floor exercises, set against some relaxing music or poetry. Arrive 10 minutes early if you can. No RSVP is needed & there is no commitment to long-term attendance. An enjoyable way to give yourself some breathing space in your busy week & develop your core strengths via safe, stressfree exercises for all levels of fitness. Bring a yoga or exercise mat, cushion & light blanket with you

2014 – Open letter from North Belconnen Day Centre – It meets in the Church building. Any Melba Shed member is welcome to talk to Jeanette Branch on 6258 5784 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)

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Echidna Mt Ainslie

Health Items of Interest to the Shed

3rd April 2018 – Spanner in the Work – AMSA’s Newsletter on Mens Health Issues – covering Mens Health Week 11-17 June, etc

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

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