Member Announcements

Christmas 2020 – Message From Calum Reid

Bob (Email to Bob Salmond). When I left Australia I stayed with my brother in the ‘old home’ in Kyleakin, just on the Skye side of the bridge. I thought that I might be able to buy something and settle there. It turned out to be not possible. The railway terminates at the other side of the bridge, so transport is good, and therefore land is expensive.

During the war we became the naval mine laying base for the North Atlantic. It was called Trelawney. The German U-boats were patrolling this area of the Atlantic because there was a lot of sea traffic on this route from the US. The ‘Queens’ came across to Scotland loaded with troops, close to 20,000 at a time. MOD has always maintained a presence in our area, and are still there. That creates more demand for housing.

Calum Reid

Like Tasmania there is a lot of salmon fish farming in the lochs to the north of us. The Norwegians have a large company called ‘Marine Harvest’ and they have taken over many of the smaller fish farms. They have recently sent about £100 million setting up a food centre for the fish, and are now going do all the processing in this area also. This creates even more pressure on housing.

Clearly nobody cares whether I can get a place to live or not!!! As a result I had to go to Edinburgh. And it is also in demand – especially by the Scottish parliament and public servants. So accommodation is tight. Eventually I managed to buy an apartment in a reasonable area, at a price! My address is: 3/6 West Powburn, Edinburgh EH9 3EW. Tel: 0131 241 8907 – Malcolm Reid <>    I know a few old colleagues here, but I would prefer to be in Skye.

I have to do some modifications to the kitchen and the bathroom. I have completed the bathroom work, and about to tackle the kitchen. It is not a good time of year for this sort of work. Sorry to hear of Laurie’s passing. Have a good Christmas, and all the best for the New Year. Signed: Calum.

Aug 2019 – Bill Murray is back cycling so has recovered from his problems. 16th Jul 2019 – Breakfast from Bill – As a thank you for the Cyclists assistance when he had his heart attack, Bill shouted cyclists breakfast on Tues, 16 July at Black Pepper – 29th Jun 2019 – Bill Murray came home from hospital on this Saturday. He had a pacemaker inserted but has further surgery ahead to clear a small blockage that is in a very awkward position to operate on – 24th Jun 2019 (Mon) – The Cyclists presented Bill’s saviours (student nurse Marisa Agostino & member Ian de Plater) with a token of appreciation for providing CPR so quickly & professionally when Bill had his heart attack – 17th Jun 2019 – Bill Murray had a nasty incident during the Cyclists coffee break. Following Bill’s collapse, he was found to be in a very serious condition for several days. Further medical intervention may be required but Bill is going well now. Ambulances also attended very quickly & used a defibrillator with great effect

15th Jan 2019 – Greg Worthington’s Daughter – Therese recently passed away from a brain tumour. Her funeral was be held on 15th Jan at St Monica’s Church, Evatt.  8 Shed members attended

23rd Nov 2018 – 55th Wedding Anniversary – Congratulations to Adrian and Ingrid Shee who celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on 23 November

28th Sep 2018 – President advised that long time member Calum Reid is leaving soon to return his country of birth Scotland. This was his last meeting. We wish him all the best

24th Aug 2018 – David Ruthven has a 10’ by 5’ trailer, which he is willing to loan to anyone who needs something bigger than the standard trailer to move furniture etc. Contact David is 0487 222 585

29th Jun 2018 – Roger advised the Shed that U3A’s Flynn Facilities are open for use. They have 3-4 rooms available. Info & Directions

21st Jun 2018 – Shed member Ted Kell joined the 2018 CEO Sleepout on Thursday 21 June 2018. Ted raised around $3,400

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 welcomes visitors

2nd Nov 2017 –  Barry Howe Cycling in Thailand & Laos – Barry Howe emailed Paul “Good news Paul! Please pass on my regards to the Easy Riders. I have had only one opportunity to ride in Laos but am travelling with five (out of eight) regular bike riders from Canberra. Thoroughly enjoying the experiences of Chiang Mai, Luang Prabang & Vientiane. Back on 10th Nov. …Barry”

July 2017 – Various members are travelling both in Oz & OS. Ian De Plater has been in Eastern Europe & Turkey & recently WA | Barry Howe has been cycling with Peter Hatfield at Ballina | John Arundel is in US at a Rotary Conference & visited Arlington | Tony Trumble was cycling across top of QLD with his partner

Peter Hatfield & Barry Howe
Peter Hatfield & Barry Howe Ballina
Tony Trumble Katy Lees cycling

22nd Jun 2017 – Ted Kell supported the 2017 CEO Sleepout on Thursday 22 June and raised around $3,300.

12th Jun 2017 – Walter Blumenfeld was Posthumously Awarded the Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the general Division

28th April – Don was presented with his OAM Medal by the G-G

26th Jan 2017 – Don Gruber awarded OAM – The Australia Days awards included Donald Stuart Gruber being awarded the Order of Australia Medal for service to the community of the Australian Capital Territory. Congratulations to Don who was one of those instrumental in establishing Melba Shed as well as a member of Ginninderra Rotary Club. More Details

11 Nov 2016 – Canowindra Fish Fossils – Alex Ritchie advised us that the NSW Government has allocated some $300K to enable construction of a new building at the Age of Fishes Museum in Canowindra. This will enable housing of all the fossils stored in the Showground. It is believed that thew local council may also allocate another $300K to the task

6 Aug 2016 – Update on Shed’s Grey Army on the Move – What an adventurous mob we have. Various members have shared by text/email their current winter travel exploits. Steve M reported on a cruise he is on to Nth Qld & Barrier reef; Ron T is having a lazy warm time on the Sunshine Coast, Wally K reported he has just returned from a week on the Gold Coast; Bill M reported that “Crocs here as well at Bitter Springs (Mataranka, NT) but didn’t spoil the swim although a few German tourists were reluctant. And yes they’re the scaly kind: not the footwear. Water is a tolerable 34 degrees. Heading west to Big Horse Creek, WA via Katherine and Kununurra. All good so far with no problems. Have driven a lot of dirt & even a few water crossings on the way from Gregory Downs to Adel’s Grove to Camooweal”; Peter McA reported “We are camped by the Darling River (not a billabong) at Louth. It has a pub & a school with 7 kids. It is a beautiful location although they only opened the road from Bourke on Thursday. We are here for the Louth Races today. It is like a mini Birdsville. Last night there were over 1000 at the pub. Not their usual crowd. We shall be back in Canberra in about a week”; Stuart A has recently advised that he is soon off on a Scottish adventure; Geoff G also is off on an 8 week trip; Jim G is also off to UK; Bob S is off to Hervey Bay.

5th Aug 2016 – reported that our previous Treasurer Eric Sadlowski has sold his house and retired to a small town, think it is Wahgunyah in Vic near Corowa

23 June 2016 – Ted Kell again joined the Vinnies CEO Sleepout  Ted raised nearly $1,500

Bob Greeney’s Travel Trivia’s No 4 – 7

Luke Wensing’s Funding Raising for the RFDS

10th Jul 2015- Rick Causebrook returned to the Shed fold after his stint of work

21 June 2014 – Don Gruber’s Induction as the Rotary Club of Ginninderra’s President for 2014/15 There was a dinner on Sat 21st June at the Raiders Club in Kippax to celebrate this event. 2 Shed members and several other Rotary and Shed members were also there

19th June 2014 – Ted Kell again participated in the 2014 Vinnies CEO Sleepout Ted raised $2,000 for the cause of homeless people

Phil Laird’s mother passed away on Monday 14th April. Her funeral was at the Gungahlin crematorium at 12 noon on Wednesday, 23rd April

17th Feb 2014 – Keith Sinderberry Says Goodbye – Time to Go… Having been a member of this Shed since its inception, and with the passing of the years, we feel it’s time to move on to the next stage in our lives. By now everyone has heard that we are “retiring” – again. We have sold our home in Weetangera and bought into a new development in Wagga. The housing is “villa” style. That is, we have standalone construction, 2 beds, double garage, separate front and rear gardens (very modest in size) double glazed windows and separate title. Several people have queried us as to why we would move from Canberra. In terms of “lifestyle” we did not find anything in Canberra to compare with the design, construction, facilities and living opportunities available at “The Grange”. The total development will consist of about 100 villas, of which 60 or so are currently occupied. Construction is running at one start per week. We are scheduled to move in to our villa mid-March. The management has taken care of our requirements for phone, paper, electricity, gas and so on. So the day we move in is the day the new life starts! One of my self–imposed priority tasks is to inspect the Men’s Shed in Wagga, and see if we can get some two-way communication started. In the meantime, continue to enjoy the Melba Shed and all that it offers My regards, Keith Sinderberry (Note as well being a keen Shed Member, Keith was also a member of Ginninderra Rotary which held a farewell dinner at the West Belconnen Leagues Club at Kippax on Tues 28 January 2014)

Rick Causebrook (1 Nov 2013) advised members that he will not be able to come to the Melba Shed meetings for the foreseeable future as he has been persuaded to come out of his semi-retirement to take up a new position in the field of “The Geological Storage of Carbon Dioxide”. He enjoyed his time with the Shed and meeting us all very much and looks forward to returning when his contract expires

In this Centenary Year 2013 the CEO Sleepout is bigger than ever. Shed member Ted Kell is also participating

In 2012 the Vinnies CEO Sleepout in Canberra was the most successful to date. Held at the National Gallery of Australia our CEOs slept through rain and cold, raising over $485,000 for the cause. This year’s Sleepout will be in Civic Square supported by Canberra Museum and Gallery and the Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre. The location is in the heart of Canberra’s CBD, with a new perspective on homelessness and how you can help us break the cycle

Jun 2013 – Don GruberMessages from Don Gruber in USA

May 2013 – Stuart Allan Messages from Stuart’s trip from Papeete (Tahiti) to Fiji To track Stuart’s vessel Jac via the web see then go to the relevant chart

24th May 2013 – Terry Mether was again the most successful pumpkin grower in the Shed contest. Those seeds he gave runner-up Steve Mawer last year certainly did the trick! Photos of our Sausage Sizzle and Pumpkin Growing

May 2013 – Wally Reported on his latest cruise. Yaddi and I are in Broome on our cruise ship the Dawn princess.  Very smooth sailing food and entertainment are excellent.  The weather has been very hot but the rooms are all airconditioned.  I go to the gym for stretching every morning and work out on the treadmill and rowers.  See you when we return after the 20th May

May 2013 – Bob Salmond – Bob is off to Japan with his wife (The rumour that ACTPLA paid for his trip (one way ticket) is incorrect)

May 2013 – Ray Nelson – Ray is on safari 1st class in Namibi

a On 1st March 2013 Ernie Brand advised the Shed that he has sold his house, so his move to Woy Woy is well under way. He did in fact move to Woy Woy

11th Jan 2013 At the normal meeting Ray Nelson talked about his planning to move to a new house before they turned 70 which they actually achieved. He put down on a single A4 sheet his objectives in doing this move and why they needed to move. He indicated that to get the right block and house required some understanding of the marketing practices in newer estates. The red dots did not always mean the sites were gone! They brought their choice of removalists down to two: being Carmen Greens and Holbrooks. They used Greens but Holbrooks might have been a better choice as they stored everything in a C class container. The actual costs of moving he thought was around $30,000 to $50,000 overall including Government charges and removalists costs Ray Nelson’s Great Great Grandfather was the Policeman at Collector Shot Dead by the Ben Hall Gang. Read a summary and details of that event

On 21st Nov 2012 Ernie Brand turned 80 Ernie is moving to a retirement village on the beach at Woy Woy around Feb 2013. We wish him all the best.

Harry Redfern Check out our popular and talented President Harry Redfern, spotted in fine form playing his Ukulele in his band on the weekend. Harry was spotted playing with his Tuggeranong Ukulele Group at the Canberra CountryMusic Festival held over three days. Well done Harry! We must get your group to the Shed one of these days and you can spread the joy around! You might just get a few recruits! Just quietly..check out those socks? More Pictures

Paul Zarb is mentioned in the Canberra Times of 26th Sep 2012 in the article “Making a noisy beeline for gardens”

16th Sep 2012 – Terry’s daughter Fran’s Tree House He returned from Melbourne last week. During his stay with his daughter Fran & family, there was a lightening flash, a clap of thunder and then an almightly bang. The attached file shows the result of that crash in the photos although you can’t really visualise the many broken tiles and shattered air-conditioning unit in these Chalk Urban Art Festival Italy 2012 Terry’s daughter Andrea (Andi) is an events organiser and has a passion for her annual “Chalk Urban Art Festival”, non-profit charity event. Andi is also an agent for artists and this year she took 2 artists to Italy to participate in an international pavement chart art competition. She also took a photographer to Italy to make a documentary of the occasion. You can see pictures on the link above and if you wish to follow Andi’s travels and thoughts click on the Travel Blog tab

3rd Aug 2012 our very own Tony Capeder, graced the social pages of the Swiss National Day reception at the Embassy of Switzerland recently, as reported in the Canberra Times ‘Times2’ section of the Canberra Times. Tony looked resplendent as he celebrates this happy occasion, where the Swiss national costume was also in evidence and the Swiss Choir sang the national anthem in the presence of the newly arrived Swiss Ambassador and his wife. Picture compliments of the Canberra Times

April-May 2012 – Where’s Wally? Wally reported “Hi all, Yaddi and I are both well. After a long 14 hour flight we have settled in our Novotel hotel near the Mall of the Emirates. What an amazing place. We visited Atlantis on the palms hotel with a built in aquarium with sharks sting rays and other big fish. The metro is spotless but very crowded and difficult to get a seat. So many nationalities but not many Chinese people. Some parts of the train reserved for children and ladies only. Today we have booked to go to the Burj Kalifa the tallest building in the world. Not many vacant spaces so I had to book on the internet. The weather is not too hot and pleasant about 29 degrees and not humid We have never seen malls the size they have here, open till midnight with a ski slope and chairlift. Tomorrow we leave on our 23 day cruise through the red sea and the Mediterranean. Will keep you posted, Wally”

Wally reported on 25th May ” Hi,  Yaddi and I are in wonderful Amsterdam, as our trip is coming to an end we are flying home tomorrow afternoon.  We have explored Amsterdam, Rotterdam Maastricht, Delft, Den Haag and Haarlem.  Den Haag the capital is very touristy with many beaches hotels and restaurant.  We travel mainly by buses and metro. The country is very flat and that is why everyone rides a bike and cyclists are well looked after.  They have free ferry rides to the north as it is cheaper than building a tunnel.  You have to be careful when walking as the bikes are everywhere.  Rotterdam Harbour is magnificent and the harbour cruise gave as an insight into the city.  Rotterdam has a permanent cruise ship from Holland America used as a hotel and entertainment area.  We loved Prague as well with its bridges. We were upgraded to a penthouse suite as it was hot and we had trouble finding the place.  Room was magnificent. Looking forward to catching up on the cycle track and home.  Regards, Wally and Yaddi!” Wally arrived home on 27th May suffering from a cold virus

18th May 2012 – Terry’s Pumpkin Challenge: Terry issued a challenge for any member to grow the largest pumpkin from Nov through to around May 2012. Terry supplied his own butternut super seeds. The winner was judged by Clarrie Hockley who chose Bob Salmond’s 2.528Kg item of length 42cm as the winner. Pictures

15th May 2012 – The Northside Chronicle Our own President, Harry Redfern, again stars in the press. Harry is quoted on the front page as extoiling the virues of the the planting of some 200 shrubs provided by the Holt Community Park carers. Harry has been instrumental in naming and organising the management of the ‘Old Holt Primary School Park’ which uses the playground of the old school site that was closed in 2008. Well done Harry! Thanks to the Canberra Chronicle 15th May 2012 front page

14th May 2012 – Our Own Tezza (Terry M) stared in Spirit-ED See the trailer on You Tube. He is the tall bloke in the middle in the opening scene. (PS looks like a send up of “Harry Potter” to me!). Also

13th May 2012 – Phil Laird Recognised Our own Phil Laird, President of the YMCA Auxiliary, recognised for his service as he retires from the post. Thanks to Canberra Times Sunday 13th May 2012, page 28 in the National Volunteer Week supplement 2nd May 2012 – Our own James Grenfell writing to the Canberra Times again! On 2nd May he appeared in the Letters to the Editor complaining about the waste in appointing another ambassador to the Vatican in his usual unparallelled style. Good one Jim!

Ted Tregillgas mentioned in the CT under “Flynn Heritage Listing fails” It was reported in the Canberra Times (CT) on 18th April 2012 that Community groups lost their Supreme court bid to have the old school site heritage listed. However all is not lost for them as the Government has plans to spend money on restoring some parts of the school. Interestingly our own Ted Tregillgas is shown in the CT photograph as part of the community group. Plans for Flynn community centre (former Flynn Primary School) Plans include spending up to $4M to upgrade facilities above. TAMS is planning to hold some form of meeting about the future of the site in May 2012

24 March 2012: John and Pam got married! Wonder why we haven’t seen too much of John Burrowes this year? Well on 24 March he and Pam were married at All Saints Church in Braddon and celebrated afterwards at Olims Hotel. We wish John and Pam all the best for a long and happy time together. Look at some photos

John Burrowes announced at the Shed meeting of 29th July (from the Canberra Times of 23rd July) that Pam and he are engaged and plan to marry at the All Saints Church in Ainslie in March 2012. Congratulations to Pam and John. [PEMBERTON BURROWES “Karen and Barbara would just like to say, their mother, Pam, becomes engaged today. And Michael and Susie have said ‘hooray’,their father, John, has just made Pam’s day”. Karen and Barbara (nee Pemberton), and Michael and Susie (nee Burrowes), and their families,are very happy to announce that Pam and John have decided to get married. 23/07/2011 The Canberra Times]

Ernie Brand. On the 23rd Sep 2011 it was reported that one Ernie Brand, a member of the Melba Shed, was purported to have been in training for some weeks and competed in the recent Canberra Times Fun Run! Well, now we have the proof! Newsletter 101 has a photo of the said contestant, officially known as “2973‟. Ernie was seen proudly wearing the new Shed apparel – good stuff Ernie!

Stuart Allan Melba Shed named in Parliament by Andrew Leigh. To those dedicated readers of Hansard would have noted that Stuart and the Melba Shed received a Parliamentary mention on 13 October by Andrew Leigh (Fraser, Australian Labor Party) who spoke at the Shed on 23 September. Andrew said in Parliament: ‘On 23 September I visited the Melba Men’s Shed. Members of men’s sheds come from all walks of life. The bond that unites them is that they are men with time on their hands and would like something meaningful to do with that time. Men after retirement often find that once the phone stops ringing and they are no longer called on to make decisions their social networks are not as extensive as that of women. There are many men’s sheds across Australia for which ‘first bloke’ Tim Matheson is a patron. They provide a place for men to meet and socialise. If you look inside one you might see a number of men restoring furniture or restoring bikes for a local school, and a few young men working with older men, learning new skills and maybe something about life. The Melba Men’s Shed has grown from six to 10 people, to 25 to 30 people. I would like to thank Stuart Allan the President of the Melba Men’s Shed.’

Our President Harry Redfern has been spotted in the Canberra Times liftout section on 21 Mar 2012, Can you spot him? The event was on 24th-25th March 2012 – 4th Annual National Vintage Guitar and Amp Expo at the Statesman Hotel, Curtain

19th Jan 2020 – Farewell – Rev Tim Jensen. Tim has been a wonderful supporter of the Shed during the past eight years or so that he has been at North Belconnen Uniting Church, Melba. Now he is moving on to some new, very different challenges. He will be the “resident” Minister for Saltbush–Uniting the Scattered Community, which seeks to encourage and connect smaller Uniting Christian communities that do not have a resident Minister. Tim will be located near Lismore but his responsibilities will cover a massive area between Lismore, Armidale and out west of Bourke. He will work partly through gatherings in remote localities and partly through online means (Skype etc).  Tim said he had enjoyed his time at Melba. He highlighted the way in which tragedy, such as the current bushfires, can result in communities connecting more with each other. He also emphasised that it is OK for people to have different opinions and to express them but it is also necessary for everyone involved to be respectful of others’ views. The President expressed the Shed’s thanks for Tim’s support over the past 8 years & wished him well for his future endeavours. His last service was on 19 January.

Rev Tim Jensen