Shed Program Held During 2016 (2015, 2014 & 2013 are Below)

The following is a list of the past program this year

Date Description Attended
30 Dec Christmas / break – no Shed meeting
23 Dec We had our final meeting with Roger reading out more letters from his great uncle Stan, Harry reciting a Christmas poem, father Christmas visiting and wishing us well, a video about the Snowy Mountains Scheme, and finishing with a BBQ & Sausage sizzle 42
16 Dec John & Patricia Howard from VISE (Volunteers for Isolated Students Education) described the work of VISE in remote communities & properties 48
9 Dec Martin vander Hoek talked about Chinese Dam Construction sharing his recent experience cruising the Yangtze River during a 3 week tour of China. Terry Mether who’s family is from Finland talked about what Independence Day on 6th Dec means to his family & read out letters from his fathers service in 197-18 when Finland was fighting to preserve its independence from Russia 47
2 Dec Simon Cunich, Film Maker from Heirloom Films talked about his career. Simon launched a service producing films for families, to celebrate and preserve the life stories of their elders. See here 46
25 Nov The was an excursion to the Belconnen Bowling Club, Beetaloo St, Hawker arriving at 10AM. Members played in small teams and were guided by a club member. There was no meeting at the Shed except for exercise classes at 8.30AM 33
18 Nov Annual General Meeting was held followed by BBQ & Sausage Sizzle 47
11 Nov We held a Remembrance Day Special with president Roger Amos reading out more letters from his uncle Stan Willis (Stan’s Letters #2) who went to France in WW1 & did not return. Others including Don displayed some WW2 bayonets, Stuart talk about & showed medals from his wifes family & Ray Osmotherly read out a letter from the Red Cross about his dead relative. Some poems were read out & we had a minutes silence combined with reading the ode. More details 47
4 Nov Stuart Allan gave a talk about sailing from its earlyist around 5500BC through to modern days, as well as Australia’s participation in the Olypics. Stuart has sailed at Canberra Yacht Club in Canberra since the mid-70s & currently sails a one person Laser dinghy, an Olympic class.  He has raced at club, state, Australian & international levels, most recently in Mexico at the Laser Masters Worlds. He has also cruised yachts on east coast Australia, Tasmania, & in Turkey, Croatia, & completed transpacific crossing from Tahiti to Fiji 48
27 Oct 28 Shed members travelled to Wee Jasper for a conducted tour of Carey’s Cave whilst others remained at the Shed for Coffee & Chat organised by Don Gruber. The guide at the caves was Geoff who told us the history of the cave & how the various limestone formations occurred. The limestone in the area is some 400 million years old & very hard. After our tour we visited the Duck ‘n’ Fishes Café at Cooradigbee Homestead which was about 4 Km from the caves for a welcome lunch & then departed for home around 4:00pm after a great day 40
20 Oct Dr Ravi Sood gave a talk about the three states of dense matter that exist in the Universe – white dwarfs, neutron stars, and black holes + BBQ & Sausage Sizzle 56
14 Oct Climate Change Scientist Tony Eggleton talked about Climate Change & its causes & options to ameliorate it 50
7 Oct Talk by James Berry & Phil Gruber from Broadcast Australia who owns & operates one of the most extensive terrestrial broadcast transmission networks in the world 50
30 Sep Two representatives, Steve Curran & Grant Watt from the Red Cross talked to us about their operations, the types of work they are involved in and how their volunteers assist in so many ways 36
23 Sep 26 members plus Dick Stubbs (ex Space Stn employee) went on an excursion to Honeysuckle Creek and also had a BBQ & Sausage Sizzle. A few more members attended the exercise session and had coffee at the Shed early  26
16 Sep Pulses Day with Erica Roughton, & Ray Osmotherly described the ways in which model ships can be built, either from a kit or from scratch from a plan. Ray showed a number of slides of the painstaking work involved in building a model from scratch & some of the specialist tools that are req’d. Mike Dwyer has published a book about the experiences of many of Parkinson’s ACT members. The book is now on sale and Mike Dwyer spent a few minutes talking to us about it. Erica’s presentation was followed by a barbecue with a difference as we tried out lentil burgers & hummus although sausage sangers were available for the old timers who could not hack the alternatives 46
9 Sep Australian Hearing with hearing tests  for members – Roger read out his Uncle Stan’s Letters #1 from WW1 –  Steve Mawer – showed slides of QLD cruise 39
2 Sep Kent Brown talked Racing MGs & the various types of races & race circuits in Aust 39
29 Aug (Mon night) Shed’s 8th Anniversary was held at the Raiders’ Club Belconnen with 57 members & guests attending with entertainment by Annie of the Armadillos & Tony Haley
26 Aug In keeping with the theme of the 8th anniversary of Melba Shed, Roger Amos, Bob Salmond, Arend Bleyerveen & Tony Rogers talked about what they remembered about the time of their 8th birthday. Roger explained in his early tears they didn’t celebrate birthdays until you were 10; Bob told the story of Holland Park where the United States Army established a 3,000 bed Holland Park Military Hospital in early 1943;  Arend was born in Holland and spent his early life during the hostilities of the Second World War; Tony Rogers told a fascinating story of being strafed by fighters in the UK, evacuation to Australia with his mother during which their ship, the Rotorua, was attacked in the Caribbean; Don Gruber told of the Shed’s history. Don, a keen members of Ginninderra Rotary Club created a Rotary project to form a Men’s Shed in the Ginninderra area; Following the Shed’s visit to the National Dinosaur Museum last week, our friendly resident scientist, Dr Alex Ritchie, enlightened us further about the museum, dinosaurs, fossils, human sculls and more. He gave us a history of the establishment of the museum; To celebrate our 8th Anniversary on 29 Aug, we had a cake 43
19 Aug Excursion to Dinosaur Museum @ Gold Creek with 20 members. Coffee & chat was held on for those who didnt go on the excursion 33
12 Aug BBQ & Sausage Sizzle and Documystery  video “Maratus” with Stuart Harris talking about the discovery of his Spider 43
5 Aug John Feehan gave an incredible talk about Dung Beetles & how they have improved the quality of soils on many farms as well as significantly reducing the number of flies in many areas (43 members attended & 1 visitor) 43
29 Jul Talk by Greg Bayliss who is the ABC Saturday Radio Presenter & Comms Manager at Calvary Public Hospital . Also member Luke Wensing ran a Silent Auction that gave members the opportunity to bid for & buy a couple of items. $145 was raised for the Shed funds 43
22 Jul The Shed undertook an excursion to the ANME (Aust Nat Museum Education) with Dr Malcolm Beazley. Located Uni of Canb (Bldg 5, Lev A). Coffee & chat held for those who stayed at the Shed. About 24 visited ANME & 9 stayed at the Shed 33
15 Jul Robert Messenger gave members a fascinating presentation on the history and range of typewriters since their introduction in the 1800’s – Followed by the monthly BBQ & Sausage sizzle 41
8 Jul Slide presentation by Bob Salmond titled ‘Putrajaya & other examples of beauty in SE Asia’.  It showed photos of exotic buildings in Putrajaya (Malaysia’s equivalent to Canberra), Singapore’s ‘Gardens by the Bay’ tourist attraction, Saigon’s ‘Floriade’ for Asian New Year, & Hong Kong’s Chinese New Year – the equivalent of Sydney’s ‘Vivid’ or Canberra’s ‘Enlighten’. Additionally Rick Causebrook organised another of the very informative NOVA presentations, this time titled ‘Making Stuff Smarter’ 47
1 Jul Madison Kennedy & Ryan Maxwell from Dixon Advisory talked about changes to superannuation & investment options in the current environment 46
24 Jun Excursion to Questacon “Spiders” exhibition.  The cost for Questacon entry was $15.00, a group rate.  For those members who didn’t visit Questacon, the Shed was open for ‘Coffee & Chat’ with by Ron Thomson 36
17 Jun Rick Causebrook showed some Nova Program Special videos & there was the monthly BBQ & Sausage sizzle 45
10 Jun Erica Roughton spoke on Rebecca Davey’s behalf for Arthritis ACT on Arthristis & Osteoporosis. Joanna Gray also returned & handed out forms for her study 50
27 May Visit by Co-ordinator of AMSA Group 13 Jim Thornton & Neil Sperring who is keen to setup a Veterans Shed in Sth Canberra. Also Short Talks Day – Greg on Shed Web, Ray Osmotherly & Ramón Montero 50
20 May Grant Wilson from the Sleep & Lifestyle Clinic  talked on Sleep Apnoea followed by a light lunch for Laurie Power to celebrate his 80th birthday (26 May). The lunch was be organised by the Church ladies & was be in lieu of our normal sausage sizzle 51
13 May David Kilby talked with a “A light hearted look at his record collecting passion!” 62
6 May Visit to Hall Men’s Shed & Museum. Some members visited Hall Shed, and on arrival had morning tea, then took a tour of the Hall Museum looking at the Ginninderra & ANZAC exhibitions. Those members who remained at the Shed had coffee and chat 41
22 Apr Pre Anzac Day – A large display of members’  World War 1 & 2 photographs & memorabilia was layed out in the shed room – Harry read out in his usual style the C.J Dennis poem “Moods of Ginger Mick” which is a sequel to “The Sentimental Bloke” – There was 20 mins of a Film Australia DVD  “Australia at War 1914-1918 – And Ray Osmotherly  introduced Margaret Wright OA who will spoke on how her relative, Alex Clingan, who  was killed at Fromelles, France in 1916, was identified using DNA comparison with Margaret’s DNA 50
15 Apr Goodwin Monash Shed visited, plus Rick Causebrook showed a COTA/NRMA presentation on driving issues for the elderly, Joe Micallef talked about his precision Engineering of 1926 Salmson Crankshaft & there was a BBQ & Sausage Sizzle (53 members & 8 visitors attended) 53
8 Apr Fiona Moore & Linda Roberts from Heritage ACT talked about ACT Heritage & the Canberra & Region Heritage Festival which is currently on for 2016 51
1 Apr Great talk by Glenn Keys (Nat Finalist in Australian of Year 2015) “Giving back; From the ADF to business to disability” 49
25 Mar No Shed – Good Friday
18 Mar Excursion to the Museum of Aust Democracy at Old PH. 24 members enjoyed a tour of the Old House. About 10 others enjoyed some coffee and chatting hosted by Ron Thomson 34
11 Mar Pre Canberra Day event organised by Mike Dwyer – “The Search for a Site”. Various members read a speech representing those involved in the debates about the choice of the site for Canberra 46
4 Mar Kent Brown gave a talk on Stamp Collecting Methods. His passion is to collect all the stamps ever issued featuring Morris Garages or MG cars. 49
26 Feb Talk by Kellie Toohey UC Discipline of Sports & Exercise Science & several 4th year students from the faculty of Health 50
19 Feb Martin van der Hoek talked about his visits to Aust ghost towns followed by the monthly BBQ & Sausage Sizzle 56
12 Feb Rod Jory talked about “Beyond Neptune. Is there life out there?” 54
 5 Feb Long time Canberra resident and well known journalist, Robert Messenger, talked on ‘Sporting Images’. Robert explained how cricket, horse racing, boxing, the football codes and the Olympic Games have inspired artists for over 250 years 54
29 Jan
Excursion to the National Museum of Australia to visit Encounters that featured rare Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander objects from the British Museum that were collected from 1770 onwards.  Most had morning tea at the Shed before departing around 10:00am for the Museum. Ron Thomson ran a normal Shed meeting for those members unable to join the excursion  (Around 20 members went to the Museum) 42
22 Jan
Pre Australia Day Trivia quizz led by Geoff Grimmett with Anzac Biscuits & Lamingtons. Harry Redfern recited Austen Tayshus’ Australiana & ‘Man from Iron Bark’, a famous poem by Australian Bush Poet Banjo Paterson (51 members attended) 51
15 Jan
Bob Salmond gave a short talk on where in Turkey recent terrorist events occurred. Don Gruber gave a talk about the early history of Ginninderra in Canberra. See Track 6 (57 signed the sheets) 57
8 Jan
Bob Salmond gave a talk on his recent trip to Turkey plus we had our first BBQ & Sausage Sizzle for the year (54 signed the sheets plus one new member) 55
1 Jan
New Year’s Day – No Shed Meeting


Shed Program Held During 2015

The following is a list of the past program this year

Date Description Attended
25 Dec Christmas Day – No Shed meeting
18 Dec Members talked about their remembrances of their early Christmas’s, Santa (aka harry Redfern) visited and a BBQ & Sausage sizzle was enjoyed (58 signed the sheet) 58
17 Dec Thu Walk: CCT – Frith Rd Black Mtn North Section, 4 walked, Medium-Hard, 6.7Km
11 Dec Collette & Peter McCardle gave a talk about the The Camino (Around 60 people attended, 51 members & 3 guests signed the book) 55
 4 Dec 23 members visited the ACT Fire Brigade Museum in Forrest. The museum was in the old Forrest Fire Station (Cnr of Empire Cct & Fitzroy St, Forrest). The Shed was open for those who didn’t go (38 members signed the book with 23 going to the Museum) 38
3 Dec Thu Walk: CCT – AWM – NPH Section, 4 walked, Easy-Medium, 7.4Km
28 Nov Annual Dinner with Partners at Labor Club (Was not held this year as planned)
27 Nov Members’ talks & BBQ. Luke Wensing talked about his SA bike ride & Alex presented some of Pope CT cartoons & Greg demonstrated the website & some planned improvements (41 signed the book) 41
21 Nov (Sat) 10 Members helped Rotary with Parking and assisting visitors at the Voices in the Forest concert at the Aboretum
20 Nov 27 of us met at Shed by 9.10AM and we went to early coffee at Poppy’s Cafe before going to AWM with Ian Forster. 29 members took Ian’s tour of the WW1 galleries. Barry led others at the Shed as usual. We also had 5 members participate in the annual golf tournament at Gungahlin Lakes (33 signed the book, 27 went to the AWM & 6 were at the Shed) 35
19 Nov Thu Walk: Big Hole, 9 walked, Easy-Medium, 3.6-3.8Km
13 Nov Can the Tram talk with Max Flint & John Smith presenting their arguments against building it at the moment (56 attended, 45 signed the sheets) 56
6 Nov AGM & Sausage Sizzle (47 signed the sheets) 46
5 Nov Thu Walk: CCT – Isaacs – Monash, 4 walked, Medium-Hard, 13.8Km
3 Nov Melb Cup. We celebrated at the Shed commencing around 1:30pm. Many brought a small plate of food ie, sausage rolls, sandwiches, cakes, cheese & biscuits, chips etc & some refreshments & shared over coffee or a drink until race time is 3pm arrived 15
30 Oct Members’ Talks by Terry Mether, Ray Osmotherly and Alex Ritchie. Terry’s talk was supported by two interesting videos which he used to demonstrated why men will never be able to understand women. Alex showed some pictures of the visit to the Tulip Top farm (37 signed the sheets) 37
23 Oct John Grubb from Beekeepers Association of the ACT gave an interesting talk on keeping bees and their hives (45 attended, 42 signed the sheets) 45
16 Oct Talk on Taiwan was given by Mr Andy Liu, Deputy Executive Director in charge of Parliamentary Liaison at the Taiwanese Embassy. Some members went to lunch after at a Chinese restaurant (50 members attended, 43 signed the sheets) 50
9 Oct Frank Brady – Integrated Living talked about monitoring the aged who have some chronic issues (42 signed the sheets) 42
8 Oct Thu Walk: CCT – John Knight Pl – Frith Rd (Black Mtn), 5 walked, Medium, 9.3Km
2 Oct Visit to the Tulip Top Gardens   A meeting also occurred at the Shed (14 members went to the Gardens, 20 were at the Shed, 33 signed the sheets)
25 Sep Dean Hemana & Tom Percival from Capital Metro talked about the planned light rail system for Canberra (42 members attended, 40 signed the sheets) 42
24 Sep Thu Walk: London Bridge to Homestead & Queanbeyan River- Googong, 8 walked, Medium-Hard, 13.2Km
18 Sep Bob & Nessie Garven spoke about “Fire Chaplaincy’ on Salvation Army work with fire brigades” followed by the monthly sausage sizzle (40 members signed the sheets) 40
11 Sep Bob Miller gave a great slide talk titled ‘Out of the Dust’ about Archaeology in Greece & the Middle East’ with emphasis on the Australian dig site at Pella, Jordan (53 members signed the sheets) 53
10 Sep Thu Walk: London Bridge to Homestead & Queanbeyan River- Googong, 8 walked, Medium, 8.3Km
4 Sep We had an excursion to the Woodworks Museum at Bungendore and then lunch the Loaded Dog Hotel at Tarago,  co-ordinated by Brian Wells.  There was a meeting at the Shed for those that didn’t go (22 members went on the excursion and 17 met at the shed)
28 Aug We had talks by Ric Causebrook called ‘Carbon Capture and Storage’ about the geology of pumping CO2 back into the ground &  Ramón Montero about ’28 Years in Chile”where he came from and where he spent most of his working like on the police  (55 members signed the sheets) 55
27 Aug Thu Walk: CCT – Goorooyaroo to Majura Section. 6 walked, Medium, 11.9Km
21 Aug Sausage Sizzle & BBQ and Robert Turner of Dixon Advisory talked about their services (52 members signed the sheets) 52
14 Aug 15 members visited the  Canberra Glassworks guided by Trevor Lewis. A further 26 members stayed at the Shed and were hear from Glenn Vermuelen, of Access Comms. President Laurie presided over the meeting, and asked John Machin to introduce the guest speaker. John recently had a “captioned telephone” installed at his home, hence the interest in this. Glenn spent an hour telling us about the captioned telephone, how it works, & what it costs 41
13 Aug Thu Walk: Campbell, Mt Pleasant Memorials. 9 walked, Easy-Medium, 9.2Km
7 Aug We had our normal meeting first followed a concert by Sing Australia Belconnen Group in the Church Hall) (54 signed the sheets, 59 attended) 59
31 Jul Dion Russell from the AIS, a past Olympian walker, spoke very well about AIS history, activities & facilities. Dion is currently Head of Performance Operations, AIS & Chairman, Athletics Aust National Selection Committee (36 signed the sheets) 36
30 Jul Thu Walk: Mt Taylor. 6 walked, Medium-Hard, 5.4Km
24 Jul We had a talk & demonstration by Brian Alabaster from St John’s Ambulance & Wally Blumenfeld about CPR and use of a defibrillator. We all had some trials at doing CPR on dummies at 100 compressions per minute with 30 compressions then two breathes. (39 signed the sheets, 42 attended) 42
17 Jul Sausage Sizzle & BBQ, preceded by a short talk by Mike Dwyer on Parkinson’s & PACT’s Big Fund Raising Event for 2015: A Walk in the Park event next month & talk by Chris O’Rorke (Raiders Fan Engagement and Group Experiences) about the Raiders & a short talk about his life by Ramón Montero (45 signed the sheets) 45
16 Jul Thu Walk: Bonner Forde Circuit. 14 walked, Medium, 9.2Km
10 Jul We had a talk by David Shaw about his voluntary work with the National Zoo & Aquarium. Interesting to find out that they are now some 25 hectares & they have three lodges (each with 2 bedrooms) to hire that have windows straight onto wild life enclosures (42 signed the sheets) 42
3 Jul We had a presentation by Ms Andreja Horvat of the Slovenian Embassy & First Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia on “Slovenian history & tourism & industry” with initially at 9.30 a Honey Breakfast. We also heard from Mateja Koštrica, daughter of Jožica Koštrica of the Slovenian Embassy and a student at nearby St Francis Xavier College in Florey about the Honey Breakfast and John Grubb of the Beekeepers Assocn of the ACT gave an overview of bees & beekeeping. The first European bees, Apis Mellifera were introduced to Australia on the convict ship Isabella in 1822  (57 signed the sheets)  57
2 Jul Thu Walk: Giralang Circuit. 7 walked, Easy-Medium, 8.9Km
26 Jun We planned to have a talk by the Ambulance Service but they didn’t show. Instead we had some jokes and Laurie read out stories from Bob Greeney about his trip through NT and WA (49 signed the sheets) 49
19 Jun We had a Turkish morning tea provided by Committee from Turkish Resturant at Charnwood & then a presentation by Ms Gulseren Celik , Deputy Chief of Mission at the Turkish Embassy (51 signed the sheets, 54 attended) 54
12 Jun We had some poems from Brian Harber & short talk on his history by Terry Mether with Soup Kitchen from 11.30AM replacing our normal sausage sizzle (about 45 attended, 41 signed the sheets). We also celebrated John Cannings 80th birtday 45
5 Jun Gerry Elias from St Francis Xavier High School, Florey came & gave us a great presentation on RoboCup Junior Soccer played with student built autonomous robots  He demonstrated a couple on units one built using a 3D laser printer & the other made from parts and designed circuitry. 35 schools in the ACT are involved (47 signed the sheets) 47
4 June Thu Walk: Goorooyaroo NR. 9 walked, Medium-Hard, 12.8Km, 4 hrs
29 May Members’ Talks Day: Talk by Luke Wensing about his Charity bike rides raising fund for Royal Flying Doctor Service ; Talk by Alex Ritchie about his visits to MONA & the Wall of Wonders in Tasmania (50 signed the sheets, 53 attended) 53
22 May There was a 4WD Excursion to Bulls Head in the Brindabellas. In addition some members stayed at the Shed and led by Wal Cooper listened to Luke Wensing talk about charity bike rides (20 members went on the excursion and 18 members attended the coffee & chat, 38 signed the sheets) 38
21 May Thu Walk: Cotter Caves, Mines and Dam. 8 walked, Medium, 8.4Km, 3 hrs
15 May Melissa Aveyard a StrokeSafe Ambassador from the National Stroke Foundation talked to us from personal experience.  She woke up one morning and couldn’t walk properly, she couldn’t feel her left hand side, it felt like the worst pins and needles she had ever experienced. By the time Melissa went to hospital she could no longer walk.  Her talk told us of her experience and focussed on how to identify that someone has suffered a stroke and what you need to do to assist them More info (49 members signed the sheets) 49
8 May We had a great talk by Mandy Nyhof, Audiologist and Practice Manager for Brindabella Hearing & Speech Centre on hearing issues (around 44 members attended, 43 signed the sheets) 44
7 May Thu Walk: Little Mulligans Flat to North Camp Site on CCT. 8 walked, Medium, 8Km, 3 hrs
1 May Jason Goodison from Capital Medical Supplies at Mitchell demonstrated use of the defibrillator we have just purchased for the Shed. Unfortunately the National Stroke Foundation Stroke safe ambassador did not turn up, so we had short talks from several members (53 members signed the book) 53
24 Apr We had another Gunfire Breakfast organised by Ron Thomson. This was an early start with coffee/tea at 9:00am followed by breakfast at 9:30am with bacon & egg sandwiches cooked by the Rotary Club of Aurora Gungahlin. We also welcomed back guest speaker Ian Foster, a volunteer guide from the Australian War Memorial, who talked about the origins of the Anzac commemorations. ACT Minister Yvette Berry also attended (around 48 members attended plus guests, 44 signed the book) 48
23 Apr Thu Walk: Hospital Ck Hut Namadgi. 8 walked, Medium, 12.4Km, 4.25 hrs incl breaks
17 Apr This was to be a 4WD Excursion to Bulls Head in the Brindabellas for a BBQ lunch. However the weather was quite wet so it was thought a visit to a museum might be better. However members decided to go to the Raiders Belconnen club for coffee & chat. Those who went to the Shed for another coffee & chat mulled around for a while but were denied coffee as the kitchen was unavailable as its being refurbished. (Around 20 members went to the club & a further 15 or so came to the Shed) 35
 10 Apr Mrs Norlaila (‘Nill’) Kyrgios gave a talk about tennis & her son, new sensation Nick Kyrgios (50 members signed the book, 55 attended)  55
9 Apr Thu Walk: Lake Tuggeranong Oxley Hill. 7 walked, Easy – Medium, 8.3Km, 2.75 hrs
3 Apr Easter Friday – No meeting
27 Mar David Maxwell from Riverview gave an interesting talk about the planned West Belconnen housing development that spans across the border & down to the Murrumbidgee River (45 members signed the book) 45
26 Mar Thu Walk: Bruce – CIT – Gossan Hill – UC. 7 walked, Easy – Medium, 9.2Km, 3 hrs, Coffee at Seasalt, Bruce
23 Mar (Mon) Greenhills Working Bee was held with 12 members attending and 4 from Forrest Shed
 20 Mar March Sausage Sizzle & BBQ with short talks before by Harry Redfern & Alex Ritchie (60 signed the book)  60
 13 Mar Royal Flying Doctor talk by Ian Fraser. Also selected members  stepped up & told us 10 minutes about themselves, their background, etc (42 signed the book) 42
12 Mar Thu Walk: Anzac Pde & Reid. 7 walked, Easy, 6.8Km, 3.5hrs. Coffee at Poppys at the AWM
6 Mar Excursion to Snowy Hydro Southcare Base. We left from the Shed at 10:45 to start a tour of the Snowy Hydro base at 11.30AM. The Shed gave Snowy Hydro a $100 donation. There was a roundtable discussion of various issues for those who did not attend the  excursion (Around 23 members attended the excursion & 20 were at the Shed)  (43 signed the book) 43
27 Feb An excursion to Errols place to see his model railway display named North Rocks Branch Line & his extensive workshop. Others met at Shed under auspices of Ron Thomson coffee & chat (34 members attended with 27 on the excursion and 7 at the Shed)  34
26 Feb Thu Walk: Black Mountain. 7 walked, Medium, 7.8Km, 2.5hrs. Coffee at the new Two Before Ten coffee shop.
20 Feb February Sausage Sizzle & BBQ preceded by ‘Where were you when various infamous events occurred’ (51 members signed the book, 54 attended) 54
 13 Feb Eric Sadlowski talked about a 2012 trip with his family over two months & 13,000km trip passing through 12 African countries in an overland truck  (43 members signed the book) 43
12 Feb
Thu Walk: Mt Rogers Charnwood. 6 walked, Medium, 9.4Km, 2.25hrs
6 Feb
Prof Rod Jory talked about ‘The Big Bang’. It was preceded by Tomato Tasting at 9:30am (42 members signed the book)
30 Jan
Paul handed the President a further $157 collected from member coffee contributions at Black Pepper. Shed Member Peter McArdle gave a talk on ‘Statistics and Immigration’ with emphasis on different groups migrating & the numbers of visa overstays versus the Irregular Maritime Arrivals (IMAs) also known as “Boat People” (54 members signed the book, 61 attended including one visitor accompanied by his spouse – not counted)
29 Jan
Thu Walk: Gossan Hill Bruce Ridge. 6 walked, Medium, 8.8Km, 3hrs
23 Jan
Harry Redfern gave an illuminating talk about his involvement with the Asian Cup training task & Greg Hutchison gave a slide presentation on The Tasmanian Overland Track & Bruny Island (47 members signed the book, 53 attended including 5 from VSA) 53
16 Jan
An excursion to Narrabundah with local historian Alan Foskett. They also visited a friend of Roger’s who made home made canons and restored vintage cars. Others met at Shed under auspices of Bob Greeney for coffee & chat. We heard a little about Greg’s family connection to Bruny Island & John Canning talked extensively about his early career just after WW11 where he trained and worked for the British government & learnt to speak, read and think Russian (39 members attended in all with 18-20 on the excursion and 20 at the Shed) 39
 15 Jan
Thu Walk: Lake Ginn Florey Evatt. 6 walked, Easy-Medium, 9.4Km, 2.5hrs
9 Jan
Monthly BBQ & Sausage Sizzle with short talk by Don Rowland about ‘Marble Machines.  Also a surprise visit by Mike Munk’s daughter Amy & Graham Brennan who sang  three renditions from their newly released Country & Western album ‘Journey To New Beginnings’ (54 members signed the book)
2 Jan
No Shed Meeting



Shed Program Held During 2014

The following is a list of the past program this year

Date Description Attended
26 Dec No Shed Meeting
19 Dec Mark Tunningley from ACT Video Club gave a talk on making videos. He uses Corel Video Studio for editing video. Jim Grenfell also talked about provision of new brochures and updating web site about emergency procedures for people. We also celebrated with our Christmas BBQ (48 members signed the book, 54 attended)  54
18 Dec Thu Walk: MacGregor & Ginninderra Ck. 10 walked in total, Medium, 9.0Km, 2.5hrs
12 Dec Chris Kimball gave a talk about growing up in North West Belco as well as some of his career as presenter of the ABC’s ACT 7.30 Fri report  (63 members signed the book) 63
5 Dec We had staff (Kathryn Shaw, Ash Chandra) from Canberra High School bring Arts and Technology Showcase Winner, Jesse Staines for his reception of a $50 cheque for winning this years Showcase award, also Margo Saunders, Freelance Health Policy Researcher gave a talk on The Challenges of Preventative Mens Health, & finally Meg Richens & Michael Nurmi from Kippax Uniting Care talked about their Mower Shed & their future plans (48 members signed the book) 48
4 Dec Thu Walk: Lake Ginninderra Alternative – Melba Shed – Florey – Lake Ginn -Ginninderra Ck. 6 walked in total, Medium, 10.6Km, 2.75hrs
 30 Nov  (Sun) 9 Shed members helped with parking etc at the Voices in the Forest Concert at the Aboretum. $1,000 was raised for the Shed
28 Nov Prof Rod Jory gave a  talk title ”All aboard, let’s go to Mars”. Was an interesting talk about the solar system & its planets (51 members signed the book) 51
 24-26 Nov (Mon-Wed) Excursion to Griffith – 14 people (7 couples) travelled to Griffith in individual vehicles. Most stayed at the Kidman Way Motel.  Wal Cooper organised a visit to his brother-in-law’s farm that make prunes using hi tech equipment and an orange juice factory. They also visited a historic Italian hermit’s cane with a great view. Was a great trip. Griffith was a comfortable 5.5hr drive via Temora
21 Nov Monthly BBQ & Sausage Sizzle was held at the Shed (42 members signed the book) 42
20 Nov Thu Walk: Lake Burley Griffin – East Basin. 7 walked in total, Easy-Medium, 11.6Km, 3hrs (Leader Drew)
14 Nov Eric Sadlowski gave an interesting talk about India by motorbike (55 members signed the book) 55
7 Nov AGM & November Sausage Sizzle was held (57 members signed the book) 57
 6 Nov Thu Walk: North Evatt. 11 of us walked in total, Easy-Medium, ~9Km, 2.5 hrs (Leader Drew)
4 Nov (Tue) The Shed hosted Melbourne Cup day event with members bringing a small plate of goodies and drinks and watching the big event on the OHP (around 20 members attended)
31 Oct Wayne Jeffs ex Administrator of Jervis Bay (JBT) talked about Australian Territories and the history of Jervis Bay. We were interested to learn that JBT is not part of the ACT. Peter Herbert also gave us a talk about safe driving. We also viewed a 26 min video of the 1956 Ampol Around Australia Trial (51 members signed the book) 51
27 Oct (Mon) Spring Working Bee at Greenhills – 12 Melba Shed Members undertook light gardening and cleaning up activities
24 Oct Allan Taylor (from Hillston) gave an interesting talk about his participation and winning in the 1954 Ampol Trial with driver Wilf Murrell (64 members (including 3 visitors) signed the book) 64
23 Oct Thu Walk: Mt Ainslie from Nth Side. 9 of us walked. Medium, 9.6Km, 2.5 hrs (Leader Drew)
17 Oct As the Narrabundah trip was deferred we met at Shed as usual for coffee, chats etc. Harry gave an intertesting expose on his early days of teaching in the bush near Albury. Alex also played a video on on Danny Macaskill’s amazing mountain biking on the Isle of Skye (50 members signed the book) 50
10 Oct Barry Howe gave a talk on Canberra’s land planning with an emphasis on Belconnen. We also had a minutes silence for member Tom McDonald who passed away this week (47 members signed the book) 47
9 Oct Thu Walk: Mulligans Flat. 12 of us walked, Medium, 11.1Km, 3.25 hrs
3 Oct Steve Sweet of the ACT Prostate Cancer Support Group talked about prostate cancer and Scott Fischer, Alice Downing & their lecturer, Lyn Brown from the University of Canberra will gave us a talk about nutrition and appropriate amounts of each food group for our needs (51 members signed the book) 51
 26 Sep  Ray Nelson gave a talk titled Cyclones, Shipwrecks, kidnapping and Invasion of Arnhem Land relating to the sinking of the sketch Douglas Mawson in a tropical cyclone in 1923 (see) We were also graced with a visit from Wayne Hood of the Plantagenet Shed at Mt Barker, 50Km north of Albany WA (54 members signed the book)  54
 19 Sep It was our Short Talks & BBQ day. Wal Cooper gave an interesting insight into the city of Griffith in the Riverina and is planning a trip there for Shed members in late Nov. Roger Amos whilst on a boat cruise in Germany in 2013 had the opportunity to visit the Audi Museum at Ingolstadt, a city in Bavaria. He gave a detailed talk about Audi & its early history. There is an amazing amount of detail in Newsletter #248 (42 members signed the book) 42
12 Sep We had short combined talks about sports commentating by Phil Lynch and Tim Gavel (48 members attended, 44 signed the book) 48
11 Sep
Thu Walk: Curtin. 9 of us walked, Easy-Medium, 9.9Km, 2.75 hrs
5 Sep Evan Tully talked about his family’s early days in Canberra when his mothers family (Camerons) came to Duntroon in 1838-39 and his living at Cook most of his life as well as attending Ainslie Primary, Grammar and Uni New England. John Arundel talked about 18 pounders in WW1 and his finding the fuse of a shell near Bullecourt and brought it in to show us (43 members signed the book) 43
29 Aug Fri 7PM – Birthday Dinner was held with spouses/partners/friends at the Labor Club Belconnen. We had a special presentation by the Tuggeranong Ukulele Group (TUGS) & Greg gave a short talk on history of the Shed (51 people attended and a umungous 27 from the band)
29 Aug Greg Hutchison gave a short overview on the Shed’s early history with a few photos on the occasion of the Shed’s 6th Birthday – There was also a great performance by the Mt Rogers Primary School Band in the Church Hall (45 members signed the book) 45
28 Aug Thu Walk: Woodstock NR. 8 of us walked. Medium-Hard, 9.6Km, 4 hrs
22 Aug The Shed went on an excursion to Lake Bathurst Museum. We departed about 9.40AM and reached the Museum by 10.50AM taking around 88Km. The best route is via Macs Reef Road. Right into Bungendore Road. Left into Tarago Road at the first Roundabout at Bungendore. Then left into Braidwood Road at Tarago, then 6kms. There was a $10 per head entry fee. The Museum is small but contains a large array of old paraphernalia about railway history, anything associated about Bathurst & Lake Bathurst as well as interesting details about the nearby WWII fuel storage tanks. Its owned by Colin & Jan Dennett. See this site about Lake Bathurst and its history and this one specifically about the Museum with a short video with directions. We also visited the historic old St John’s Anglican Church & cemetery (1860) just north of the Museum and Roslea Cafe. Afterwards around one quarter had lunch at the Roselea cafe (where everything is home made) and the rest at the Loaded Dog Hotel in Tarago. We all made it back by about 2.45PM. Bob Greeney & Ron Thomson managed the Shed opening (main activity 16 members signed the book & 12 attended the Shed) This is a handout on the WWII Underground Fuel Tanks 16 + 12
 15 Aug Monthly BBQ & Sausage Sizzle with talks by Alex Ritchie titled Aust Buried Treasures emphasising great fossil discovery at the 3 main opal sites & Geoff Miller gave a slide presentation on a ship trip to Antartica in 2011 (40 members signed the book) Presentations available here 40
 14 Aug Thu Walk: Centenary Trail – Hall to Mulligans Flat. 12 of us walked, 16.7Km, Medium-Hard, 5 hrs
8 Aug
Jim Grenfell gave a talk about Emergency Response its planning co-ordination and issues of relevance to individuals (38 members attended, 36 signed the book) 38
1 Aug
Guest Speaker Prof Jeff Brownrigg gave a talk titled Great War Memories & examined the sorts of stories emerging from communities all over Australia and in particular the escapades of one Gallipoli veteran ‘Tom Skeyhill’ (42 members signed the book) 42
31 Jul
Thu Walk: The Pinnacle – Weetangera Cemetery. 10 of us walked, 6.8Km, Easy-Medium, 2.5 hrs
25 Jul
The Shed went on an excursion to Goulburn Brewery, leaving around 10AM to get to the brewery by 11AM opening time. We took the self guided tour complete with free tastings @ $12.50. The brewery is very historic and designed by Francis Greenway and currently owned by Michael O’Halloran. Its on the Bungonia Road out of Goulburn. The brewery is part of the Bradley Grange complex 17 members had lunch at the Grange and 8 members ate at the Roses Cafe in central Goulburn (25 members attended, 18 members signed the book))
18 Jul
We held our monthly BBQ & Sausage Sizzle with a pre-talk about Parkinsons by Mike Dywer (President Parkinsons Support Group) & the Sing Australia Blokes Choir, led by Jerry Tipping was held at the Belconnen Bowling Club, Hawker, as parking would have been difficult at Melba owing to the funeral of Lyn Davis at the North Belconnen Church. (33 members attended, 30 signed the book)
17 Jul
Thu Walk: Gungahlin Hill – Gungaderra NR. 8 of us walked, 5.2Km, Easy-Medium, 1.5 hrs
11 Jul
Today we had a short Talks Day with several members (Greg Hutchison, Brian Taylor and Mike Dwyer) giving short talks including an overview of the Shed Web page on the screen, interesting things made at home to a Shakespeare play used as the basis for some Australian shed modified Shakespearean verse (46 members signed the book)
4 Jul
Shed Auction for things brought by members & David Ruthven for auction. Our auctioneer was Denis Waters from the Rotary Club of Aurora Gungahlin. We raised $383 (40 members signed the book)
3 Jul
Thu Walk: City Art Walk. 6 of us walked, 5Km, Easy, 3 hrs total
27 Jun
Trivia Day was held with Don Gruber as Trivia master. We had 8 tables of members battling it out for supremacy (41 members signed the book)
20 Jun
Martin van der Hoek gave an excellent slide & video presentation on his Sri Lanka Motorcycle Tour during April 2014 with Phil Laird & 2 others (53 members signed the book)
19 Jun
Thu Walk: Orroral Heritage Trail (Namadgi) & De Salis Cemetery. 11 of us walked: De Salis 2.9Km, Easy; Orroral 6.9Km, Medium, 3.5 hrs
6 Jun
Visit to the Wesleyan Church Parkwood with a BBQ & Sausage Sizzle (hosted by Jim Grace of the Southwell Family Society) Jim gave and overview of the history of the Southwells and the church. Well organised by Don Gruber with catering support by Bob Salmond & Drew McDonald (35 members signed the book, 36 attended)
6 Jun
Ron Burns (Sports Commission) gave a talk titled “Sport – An insider’s view” (47 members signed the book)
5 Jun
Thu Walk: Mt Majura via Majura Stone Wall. 6 of us walked, 9.5 Km, Medium-Hard, 3.25 hrs
30 May
Chris Bourke MLA for Ginninderra visited & talked about his background & also about Reconciliation Week & relevant issues facing indigenous Australians (51 members signed the book)
23 May
Fiona Hedges from Yass gave us an interesting presentation on she and her husband’s trip in a WWII Ford vehicle through Europe to Normandy to celebrate the 65th Anniversary of the D Day landings (44 members signed the book)
22 May
Thu Walk: Oakey Hill – Woden. 7 of us walked, Medium, 9.5Km, 3 hrs walking, coffee at Woden Plaza
16 May
Bob Salmond gave and overview of travelling by train in Japan & we had our monthly BBQ & Sausage Sizzle (46 members signed the book)
9 May
Richard Navakas, Principal of HillRoss Financial Services gave an overview of the world’s financial status & impacts on our own local markets. Bob Salmond also spoke with numerous slides on his career with the RAAF starting with his training class at Point Cook in 1964 (47 signed the book)
8 May
Thu Walk: Granite Tors – Namadgi. 9 of us walked. Medium-Hard, 8.9Km, 2.5 hrs walking, 3 hours overall plus travel
5 May
(Mon) Greenhills Working Bee was held at Greenhills from 9.30-12.30. 18 Shed members participated
3 May
((Sat) Rotary Trivia Night was held. Several Shed members attended
2 May
We had The Great Melba Shed “Parliamentary Debate” overseen by our very own Sergeant-at-Arms (39 signed the book)
25 Apr
We had a late Gunfire Bacon & Egg Breakfast from 9.30AM cooked by the Rotary Club of Aurora Gungahlin, & then listened to War Memorial volunteer Ian Foster talk about the meaning of Anzac day & how its commemoration has changed over the years (49 members attended, 47 signed the book)
24 Apr
Thu Walk: Aranda Bushland. 11 of us walked, Medium, 5.2Km, 1.5 hrs walking
18 Apr
Good Friday – No meeting
11 Apr
Ravi Sood gave an informative talk on how GPS’s work (47 members signed the book)
4 Apr
Dr Nick Abel CSIRO gave a talk on Climate Change and its impact scaring the pants off most of us. Dr Chris Bourke Member for Ginninderra also visited us (47 members attended, 46 signed the book) Powerpoint presentation on the Shed’s Google Drive cloud location
28 Mar
Ten Minute Talk Day, Short presentations by members Don Rowland (spoke to us of his long-term interest in the art of marquetry), Harry Williams (appreciation of “the wonders of Australia”), Ron Thomson (spoke of his trip to Canada and the United States in May-June 2011) & Brian Taylor (spoke to us about some of the projects he has undertaken at his house such as a bread/pizza oven he has built from scratch) Colin Bradford also visited and Bob Salmond outline liability insurance for members (47 members signed the book)
21 Mar
Martin van der Hoek gave a photo presentation of his motorbike riding tour in Vietnam in Nov-Dec 2011. 3 including Martin did a tour from Siagon to Hanoi, on 150cc psuedo Harley bikes with a guide from Vietnam Riders. Typically they did around 250Km per day and stayed in very expensive $12 a night hotels (49 members signed the book)
14 Mar
Excursion & BBQ at Lowden Park in Tallanganda State Forest. 28 of us in 7 vehicles left the Shed about 9.40AM and reached Lowden about 11AM. We then inspected the water wheel and some of the relics and a few walked some of the short walks. After a BBQ we headed back and arrived at the Shed by around 2.15PM. (28 members attended) See also Lowden Waterwheel
13 Mar
Thu Walk: Red Hill South. 8 of us walked, Medium, 6.5 Km, 2.5 hrs incl coffee stop
7 Mar
Brian Heath (COTA’s Housing Options Officer) gave an overview on downsizing into retirement accommodation. He mentioned a range of options & issues. We will get him back to better explain the options and the new rules from 1 Jul 2014. We were also graced with a visit fom an old member, Colin Wales (58 members attended, 53 signed the book)
28 Feb
Excursion to Tidbinbilla Tracking Station with coffee at the café (24 members attended)
27 Feb
Thu Walk: Kama & Molonglo NRs. 7 of us walked, Medium 8.9Km, 2.5 hrs
21 Feb
BBQ & Sausage Sizzle held – At Mike Dwyer’s suggestioned we held a Tomato Tasting during our Sausage Sizzle. Bob Salmond turned 70 and was celebrated and he brought along wine and ice cream (50 members signed the book)
14 Feb
Steve Fielding gave a talk about Red Wine appreciation entitled “An Unending Dialogue about fine wine” (48 members signed the book)
13 Feb
Thu Walk: Dunlop Grasslands. 8 of us walked, Easy, 7.7Km, 2.4 hrs
7 Feb
Eric Sadlowski gave an interesting talk on his Aug 2013 Postie Bike Challenge from Hobart to Alice Springs that covered 3,300Km and took 10 days on a Honda CT-110. We also discussed options for annual fees, levies or continuing with current contributions model plus maybe donation bin (51 members signed the book)
31 Jan
We visited Charnwood Fire Station & the SES in Belconnen which is at the back of Egan Court, where Project Lighting is located (32 members attended)
30 Jan
Thu Walk: Murrumbidgee River Sth Uriarra Crossing. 4 of us walked. Easy-Medium, 6.8Km, 1hr 40min
24 Jan
We had ‘Loud Shirt Day’ where Geoff Grimmett won the bottle of wine with the most elaborate shirt. We also hosted Phil Lynch Former TV Sports Presenter who gave us an overview of his life history & recent activities with AusAid (58 attended, 48 members signed the book)
17 Jan
Jack Waterford Ediitor at Large of the Canberra Times spoke to us for 1.5 hours on his early life, health support work with aboriginals in the NT and his experiences with the Canberra Times (49 members signed the book)
16 Jan
Thu Walk: Little Black Mountain. 7 of us walked. Easy-Medium, 5.2Km, 1.5 hrs
10 Jan
The first BBQ & Sausage Sizzle for 2014 was held (around 47 members attended, 44 signed the book)
3 Jan
No Shed Meeting

Shed Program Held During 2013

The following is a list of the program in this year:

Date Description Attended
27 Dec
No Shed Meeting
20 Dec
Christmas Party and BBQ was held. Some frivolity and jokes were also shared (56 members attended. 51 members signed the book)
19 Dec
Walk: Black Mountain – Aranda Frost Hollow – Cork Oak Plantation, 7 of us walked, Easy-Medium, 6.3Km, 2 hrs
13 Dec
John Miller from Miller Health gave a talk on How to look after your back. See newsletter #211 for details. John’s free eBook ‘Welcome to the Fit and Health Way of Life‘. Trevor Oddy also gave a talk on growing tomatoes and pumpkins (52 members signed the book)
6 Dec
Sue Aylen from Belconnen Community Services based at Kippax talked to us about services provided by BCS (44 members signed the book)
5 Dec
Walk: Red Hill, 8 of us walked, Medium , 7.7Km, 2,5 Hrs
29 Nov
The Shed visited the Mapping our World (Terra Incognita to Australia) exhibition at the National Library of Australia at 11am for a 30 min tour (around 22 members attended)
23 Nov
(Sat) Voices In The Forest – 15-20 shed volunteers helped Rotary with parking arrangements at the Aboretum. Around 4,500 people turned up to enjoy the proceedings. We raised $1,000 towards Shed funds
22 Nov
John Canning gave an excellent talk about “Shakespeare and the Dark Lady”. Read details in Newsletter#208 (35 members signed the book)
21 Nov
Walk: One Tree Hill on Centenary Trail from Hall, 12 of us walked, Medium-Hard, 10.2Km, 3 hrs
15 Nov
John Saxon gave an illuminating talk about Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station and its role in the moon landings (48 members signed the book) See here
8 Nov
The 5th AGM & BBQ & Monthly sausage sizzle was held at the Shed (53 members signed the book)
7 Nov
Walk: Molonglo Gorge, 8 of us walked, Medium-Hard , 7Km, 2.7 hours
5 Nov
(Tue) Melba Shed held a Melbourne Cup afternoon at the Shed from 2PM. Apparently Ted won everything! (15 members attended)
1 Nov
Dr Ian Howie-Willis spoke to the Shed about St John Ambulance to whom he was historical advisor for 34 years (40 members signed the book)
25 Oct
The Shed went on an excursion to London Bridge (Googong) & optional easy walk to London Bridge Arch. We met at 9AM & drove via Royalla & Burra arriving about 10AM. Many members went on a walk down to London Bridge whilst some stayed to setup the BBQ & lunch. It was an excellent trip with beaut weather, & an easy walk to the arch & its small caves. On return to the picnic area there was a good BBQ (25 members attended)
24 Oct
Walk: Mt Ainslie Quarries, 10 of us walked, Medium, 5.4Km, 1.75 hrs
18 Oct
The Shed held its 5th Anniversary Luncheon & Official Opening of the Shed Extension. We were honoured with attendances of Bernie Rees (“the builder”), MLAs Yvette Berry & Mary Porter, our co-sponsors, the North Belconnen Uniting Church (Greg Ewers), as well Greenhills (Peter Badowski & Colin Greef) & Rotary members to help us celebrate. Bernie was presented with and engraved wooden box provided by Laurie Power with memorial photos of his work on the shed extension on the inside cover. We had organised for Ron Quarmby Spit-Roast Specialists to cater for us & our guests. At the end there was special entertainment provided by the Tuggeranong Ukulele Quintet minus 1. Finally three Shed members, Ted Tregillgas, Calum Reid & Harry Williams spoke elegantly & sincerely about ‘What the Shed Means to Me’. John Mulrine provided the PA sound equipment for the Celebration. This was so successful that the Shed will proceed with acquiring a permanent PA system (45 members attended along with 15 guests) Full details in Newsletter #203
18 Oct
Yvette Berry, Ginninderra MLA visited the Shed and showed members on the screen how to use the Fix My Street web pages on Canberra Connect. We sucessfully used our loudspeaker system donated by John Mulrine (47 members signed the book)
11 Oct
The regular BBQ & Sausage Sizzle was held (45 members signed the book)
10 Oct
Walk: Mt Majura Dams, 6 of us walked, Easy-Medium , 6.1Km. Note that the London Bridge walk was deferred due to fire ban & closing of Googong Foreshores
4 Oct
Peter Hawker, of the Traditional Boat Squandron, gave an inspirational talk about his 2000/02 around the world yachting journey interspersed with some amazing photo slides. His trip took 3.5 years and covered 45,000 nautical miles in a 43ft long 12ft wide homemade yacht built on his Burra property. It took 5 years and 15,000 manhours to build (37 members signed the book) Some pictures of Peter’s boats
27 Sep
Monthly BBQ & Sausage Sizzle was held at the Shed (42 members signed the book)
26 Sep
Walk: Kambah Pool – Murrumbidgee Lookout, 7 of us walked, Medium, 8.4Km, 3 hrs (should have been 7Km)
23 Sep
(Mon) Greenhills Community Working Bee was held. Members met at The Shed at 09:00 & travelled to Greenhills to begin work at 09:30. Included planting & garden work to add to work done at previous working bees. Morning tea & lunch provided. About 18 members participated
20 Sep
Tim Gavel, sports commentator for 666 ABC since 1988 gave an interesting talk about his life in radio throughout Australia & some of his experiences at Olympic Games & other sporting events. He also informed about his family adopting 3 children from overseas & the travails of having a child in competitve swimming (around 52 members attended, 50 signed the book)
13 Sep
The Shed went on an excursion to Woodlawn Bioreactor at Tarago. The Woodlawn Bioreactor is owned by the French company Veolia Environnement & was previously an open-cut mine producing copper, lead & zinc. The bioreactor is believed to be the largest of its type in the world. About 20 members went to lunch at the Tarago Hotel. On the way home several members stopped off at the Bungendore Woodworks (27 members attended at Woodlawn with around 20 also having lunch at Tarago)
12 Sep
Walk: Orroral Ridge – Legoland (Namdagi), 8 of us walked, Easy-Medium, 4.2Km, 2 hrs walking
6 Sep
Matt Friend from ACTEW Water gave an interesting talk about the dams and water infastructure. Bob Salmond showed pictures from a Wendy Wu China trip he did to mainly the Sichuan province & especially to Jiuzhaiga National park (Nine Village Valley) and Chengdu the capital city (35 members signed the book)
30 Aug
Fri-Sun 30th Aug-1 Sep 2013 – Canberra Timber & Working with Wood Show – EPIC – Several members helped man the AMSA exhibit promoting individual Canberra & district Men’s Sheds, & the Shed movement as a whole
30 Aug
Three shed members gave slide travel talks. Wally talked about his trip on the “Dawn Princess” from Sydney to Airlie Beach to Port Dougls to Darwin to Broome to Lombok to Perth. Ron talked about his trip to Italy & Croatia with some great slides of Sorento, Venice, Florence, Chinati, Rapallo and Portofino. Peter Wilson talked about his trip to St Petersburg & Moscow. St Petersburg has 200 museums & 80 theatres. The Moscow subway looks like a museum! (34 members signed the book)
29 Aug
Walk: Cooleman Ridge – Mt Arawang, 6 of us walked, Medium-Hard, 8.2Km, 3 hrs
23 Aug
The Shed went on an excursion to National Arboretum & Bonsai Centre. We were guided by Irene Davies starting outside on the northern deck. It was soon decided that we were going to receive the talk from the inside we went to the restaurant part & Irene was able to point out some of the different forests & attractions. She gave a history of the Arboretum. In 2004, after the fires & because the area was part of the National Open Space System and as there were other Arboreta around, (Cork, Himalayan pine, pencil pine) it was decided to build the National Arboretum on the site. Work started in 2005 on the 100 gardens. (16 members attended)
16 Aug
(Fri) – Bunnings BBQ fund raising. This was held from 7.30AM to 3PM with about 12 members participating. The Shed raised a net amount of $588
16 Aug
The regular BBQ & Sausage Sizzle was held (30 members signed the book)
15 Aug
Walk: Hall Village Circular Walk, 9 of us walked, Easy, 4.5Km, 1.5Hrs
9 Aug
As the guest speaker couldn’t make it this was a special session with several members bringing some items of their personal hobbies & sharing their experiences. Alex Ritchie, Steve Mawer, Ray Nelson and Lawrie Power talked about their hobbies. Covered pyrography, mineral specimen collecting, bird boxes and ornamental boxes (29 members signed the book)
2 Aug
Dr Ravi Sood gave a talk titled ” X-Rayted Heavenly Bodies” (35 members signed the book)
1 Aug
Walk: Mt Taylor, 6 of us walked, Medium-Hard, 6.3Km, 2hrs
26 Jul
The usual monthly BBQ & Sausage Sizzle with special talk by Alex Ritchie about his visit with Sir David Attenborough to the Canowindra ‘Age of Fishes’ Museum, and visit by local Labor member Yvette Berry (36 members signed the book)
19 Jul
Australian War Memorial Excursion. We gathered there for another excellent 1.5 hour tour of the facility provided by guide Ian Foster. Most of us congregated in the Landing Place cafe for coffee afterwards (21 members attended)
19 Jul
(Fri) – Bunnings BBQ fund raising. This was cancelled on Thur by co-ordinator Ron Thomson due to the bad weather expected on Friday; which did indeed occur
18 Jul
Walk: Ginninderra Ck – Umbagong Park (Peter Davis Memorial Walk), 10 of us walked, Easy, 7.3Km. 2.5 hrs
12 Jul
We had our normal coffee and chat followed by a number of short impromptu timed talks by several Shed Members (Laurie Power, Ron Thomson, Bob Greeney, Steve Mawer, Rick Causebrook & Tim Jensen), in our newly completed extension. The talks were chosen by the member picking up a piece of paer with a randon topic on it. We also thanked Bernie Rees and Phil Laird for thier greta work on the extension plus all the other helpers (37 members signed the book)
5 Jul
Billy Williams (aka ‘Nana Kwame Kyi II’ – Ghanaian ‘stool’ name) former Australian High Commissioner to Ghana gave talk about his experiences in West Africa (39 members signed the book)
4 Jul
Walk: Nursery Swamp (Namadgi). 6 of us walked, Medium. 9.4Km
28 Jun
We had an interesting talk by Robert Turner on superannuation changes & SMSF facilities that can be offered by Dixon Advisory (34 members signed the book)
21 Jun
We had a Rotary ShelterBox presentation by Fred Fawke and the regular BBQ and sausage sizzle was held (35 members signed the book)
20 Jun
Walk: Mt Ainslie Circumnavigation. 7 of us walked, Medium. 10.8Km
14 Jun
Captain Nigel Roden from Salvation Army Red Shield Defence Services spoke to us about his career as a Sallyman with the Army, including east Timor and more recently his time at Duntroon where he is based with his wife. The Salvos are classified as “Philanthropic” within Defence along with the Red Cross, YMCA and RSL, etc. Nigel showed us his converted Landcruiser that contains all sorts of drinks, hot and cold, that he takes around and offers to diggers training or on exercises. Nigel is also a trained “barista” ((around 42 members attended, 35 members signed the book) Army site about Nigel
9 Jun
(Sun) – Bunnings BBQ fund raising. Members ran the BBQ from 7.30AM to 4PM. It was an outstanding success thanks to all the volunteers on the day and specially to Geoff Grimmett who organised the event. Keith Sinderberry reports that takings were some $1,985 and expenses were around $500 giving us a profit of over $1,485.
7 Jun
Noel Bentley talked to us on meditation and life. He has practiced meditation since the 1970’s and now tries to meditate twice a day for 30 mins each time (33 members signed the book) Noel also runs meditation sessions in the local prison as well as other places. If anyone is keen to be part of a Shed meditation group, Noel has further offered to help establish such a group and to meet regularly with Members. If any Shed member is prepared to co-ordinate or would like to be part of a Shed Meditation Group please advise any Committee Member and we’ll make the arrangements with Noel. Contacts 0427 170 780, 6257 6719 email: nlbentle@iinet.net.au
6 Jun
Walk: Fishing Gap & Hanging Rock, Tidbinbilla. 5 of us walked. Medium, 8.7 Km, 2.5 hrs
31 May
Dr Peter Radoll Assistant Professor Information Systems at the Uni of Canberra talked about his aboriginal background and about Reconciliation (around 47 members attended, 42 members signed the book)
24 May
This Friday the Shed helf its monthly Sausage Sizzle but this time it was at the Belconnen Bowls Club premises at Beetaloo Street, Hawker. We met as usual at 9.30-10:00am at the Shed and departed about 10:30am for the Bowling Club. Members had to park in the parking area between the existing car park and the Melba-Copland High School to allow for a funeral of a well respected Church member (around 30 members attended, 26 members signed the book)
23 May
Walk: Rendezvous Ck (Namadgi). 6 of us walked. Medium, 14.2Km, 4.45 hrs
17 May
(Fri) – BBQ fund raising at Bunnings Belconnen. Shed volunteers ran the BBQ from 9.00AM to 4PM for a 3 hour shift. We raised about a net $572. The Bunnings BBQ grossed $726.55 with expenses of $154.00 leaving cash to bank of $572.55. Thanks to some twelve Shed volunteers, we sold approx 270 sausage sandwiches & about 30 cans of drink. Well done – was good result for a Friday BBQ.
17 May
Historian Alan Fosket talked about the post-second world war II settlement around Narrabundah etc and the issues involved (29 members signed the book)
10 May
We had an excursion to the Gubur Dhaura, Ochre quarry site, Franklin TAMS Link – Adrian Brown from the Ngunnawal Caring for Country Ranger and the Chair of Murumbung Yurung Murra in the ACT Parks & Conservation Service told us about the area and demonstrated some traditional tool making activities. Adrian was extremely interesting and anyone else considering such an event should certainly sign up for his services (22 members attended)
9 May
Walk: Bruce-O’Connor Ridge- 6 of us walked, Easy-Medium , 4.7Km, 1.5 hrs
3 May
Brian Taylor’s son Stephen Taylor, a new wine producer, gave a talk about beer making (36 members signed the book)
26 Apr
Professor Jeff Brownrigg Associate Professor Cultural Heritage from Uni Canberra gave us an exceptional talk about the life & times of Henry Lawson & related stories on the influence of the Irish in Oz. He even read quite a few of Lawson’s poems as well as leading us in trying to sing some of them. New member Henry Satrapa of Higgins joined us (41 members signed the book)
25 Apr
Walk: Square Rock (Namadgi). 14 of us walked, Medium-Hard, 10.3Km, 3 hrs, 122Km return drive
19 Apr
Alex Ritchie talked about the Geological Wonders of Central Australia including Gosses Bluff, Uluru, Olgas & Chambers Pillar Reserve (38 members signed the book)
15 Apr
(Mon) Working Bee at Greenhills Centre – 14 members attended and spread a mulch over the gardens, painted cabins & laid railway sleepers around the front entrance car park
12 Apr
We held the monthly BBQ & Sausage Sizzle, preceeded by a special DVD “Spirit-Ed” presented by Terry Mether (44 members signed the book)
11 Apr
Walk: National Arboretum. 12 of us walked. Medium, 4.7Km, 2.0 hrs
5 Apr
Bob Winnell from the Village Building Coy talked to us about his history, his passion for affordable housing, and his ideas for light rail to Gungahlin supported by denser housing along the route (37 members signed the book)
29 Mar
Good Friday – No Meeting
28 Mar
Walk: Tuggeranong Hill. 4 of us walked. Medium-Hard, 4.2Km, 1.5 hrs
22 Mar
We visited the Gallery of Australian Design at 44 Queen Elizabeth Terrace, Parkes, to see the exhibition CAPITheticAL where town planners, urban designers, architects and students consider how Canberra might be modified to accommodate the concerns of the future (Around 20 members attended)
15 Mar
Ron Thomson gave us a very interesting talk about bonsai (tree in tray) its history, how to start and maintain plants, and the tools, pots, soil and fertiliser to keep them thriving (29 members signed the book)
14 Mar
Walk: North Lyneham Woodland. 7 of us walked led by Drew McDonald. Easy-Medium, 6Km, 1.52hrs
8 Mar
Bowling intro session at Belconnen Bowling Club, Beetaloo St Hawker folowed by a barbecue (Around 35 members attended)
1 Mar
Di Shogren from COTA spoke about ‘Beyond Maturity Blues’; aimed at increasing understanding of stress, anxiety and depression. Ernie also advised members that he sold his house so his move to Woy Woy is under way (around 45 members attended)
22 Feb
The Shed undertook an excursion and BBQ to Cotter dam. We arrived about 10AM and went up the short 1Km return track to view the nearly completed dam. A lot of historic and informative signs were along the route of the track. We then BBQ’s in the pagoda at the picnic grounds (36 members signed the book, 37 attended)
15 Feb
Ian Warden from the Canberra Times gave a talk around his melodrama “The Battle of the Sites” bring planned for St John’s Church in late Feb/March. He was interesting especially his nuances about the debate that ragged in the end between Dalgetty and Yass-Canberra as the choice for the Federal capital (49 members signed the book)
14 Feb
Walk: Gold Ck -Gungahlin Pond – Percival Hill. 12 of us walked, Medium, 9.3Km, 2.5hrs
8 Feb
Bob Salmond gave an overview of the way that Chinese is spoken and the old and new ways of Romanising their language. He also provided an overview of some of the places he has visited. Likewise Wally provided slides and commentary on the places he visted in his short 5 day stop. We were amazed by the number of local ladies who wished to be photographed with Wally (44 members signed the book)
1 Feb
Ray Nelson spoke about his intimate knowledge about how Boomerangs fly; why some do not return and some do. The thing that gives the boomerangs their lift are the flutes you get on one side, which then allows them better curves and more mass and thus better killing ability. Real boomerangs do not return and are used for hunting and fighting. These sort can fly up to 150m and can be lethal at 100m. (43 members signed the book)
31 Jan
Walk: 5 of us walked, 5Km, Medium-Hard, 2.0hr
25 Jan
David Kilby visited the Shed and spoke about his background as teacher and then his hosting and music experiences with the ABC. He also entertained us with his diverse collection of LPs (53 members attended, 52 members signed the book)
18 Jan
We attended a Leggo organ demonstration in the Church at 10.24AM followed by BBQ, Sausage Sizzle at 11.20AM. There 3 new members & visitors and we received a great overview of the organ’s history (49 members signed the book)
17 Jan
Walk: Lake Ginninderra Alternative – Lake Ginniderra plus Uni Canberra. 5 of us walked. Easy-Medium social walk, 9.0Km, 2.75hrs including breaks
14 Jan
(Mon) Golf in the Country – Cowra (Cancelled)
11 Jan
Due to the bushfire crisis Fiona Hedges of Yass couldn’t attend and thus we had a general meeting with several members talking about items of interest. This included Ray Nelson talking about his planning to move to a new house before they turned 70, Laurie Power talking about the burning of his house in Duffy in 2003, and Aren Bkyerveen talking about his time in Holland during WWII (39 members signed the book) Write ups of the talks are in Newsletter #164
6 Jan
(Sun) BBQ fund raising at Bunnings Belconnen. Shed volunteers ran the BBQ from 9.00AM to 4PM. We raised $1,453 net for the Shed funds (around 20 volunteers were there)  Video