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15th Nov 2019 (Fri) – Advanced warning that the Shed’s AGM is scheduled for Friday 15 November. The current President and most committee members have been involved in running the Shed for the past 4 years and they feel it’s time to step down. We need some replacements so please consider it. Nomination forms are available at the Shed each Friday or one can be downloaded here.

13 Sep 2019 – Deposits on cans, bottles etc. Ted Kell proposed a scheme to assist Shed finances in June. It involves members bringing along used bottles & cans which are subject to the 10 cent deposit scheme (beer and soft drink containers, including things such as Yakult, but not wine bottles). They can be left in the blue basket in the store room and Ted will take them to the recycling centre and deposit the receipts into the Shed’s funds.  Ted said that the numbers of cans and bottles being left have dropped off. So bring in any bottles, cans etc that have had a 10c deposit paid on them and Ted will take them in to the recycling centre. Alternatively, you can take them into the container return centre yourself. To have the refunds paid into the Shed’s accounts they should be deposited using Ted’s mobile number, which is linked to the Shed’s bank account (0438 481 350).

13th Sep 2019 – John Machin still in hospital. John is still in hospital and still gets a bit confused at times because of an adverse reaction to the anaesthetic. If you want to visit John you can find him in Ward 5B at Canberra Hospital in Woden.

13th Sep 2019 – Richard Almond – Volcanologist – His presentation to the Shed

28th Aug 2019 – Phil Hore had open heart surgery on this date for an arterial bypass and to replace a valve. The physio has had him climbing stairs already so it’s fairly clear Phil’s well on the road to recovery. He came out of hospital on 4th Sep. We wish him well.

30th Aug 2019 – Luke Wensing – Travellers’ Tales 1

23rd Aug 2019 – Exercise Classes – To those of us who like to exercise before the Shed Meeting, Tori, our energetic instructor, managed to break her collarbone whilst on an off-road motorcycling trip. As a result she rested up after surgery last week. So there were no exercise class on Friday – 23rd, however she returned on 30th Aug

23rd Aug 2019 – Victor Isaacs Talked About “Australia’s Strange Borders – Border Disputes between the States”

16th Aug 2019 – Prof Rod Jory AM gave a talk  “However Did The Early Explorers Find Their Way Home?”

15th Aug 2019 – Uni Canberra Magazine UnCover has an article on Bill Murrays heart issues at Black Pepper and student nurse Marisa assisting him

3rd Aug 2019 – Rev Tim Jensen The Future of the Church? and Curry and Soup Morning. Tim talks about what is a church & philosophises on the future of the church

24th Jul 2019 – Black Pepper Coffee Price Changes – As of 24th July the coffee prices have increased.  Mugs will now be $4.50 instead of $4.00 and a small cup will be $3.80 instead of $3.50. Cycle Meister Paul has suggested that coffee drinkers still put in what they have been for ever with $4.00 for a mug and $3.50 for a small cup.  It means that the coffee cards will put only $1.50 instead of the current $4.00 into the kitty per 6 cups.  The cyclists currently have about $1,250 in the kitty.  If there is a a run on the kitty, the cyclists can reconsider whether to increase what they pay that time.

19th Jul 2019 – Talk by Vickie Hingston-Jones End-of-Life Doula plus access to documents End-of-life plans, Paying for funerals, Funeral costs, Paying for funerals, Useful contacts.

Aug 2019 – Bill 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

Marisa Agostino and member Ian de Plater

Marisa & Ian

14th Jun 2019 – Bruce McAslan’s Talk and Demonstration about CPR and Using a Defibrillator

28th May 2019 – Bob Salmond and Harry Redfern represented Melba Shed at a meeting with ACT Government politicians from all sides of politics. The meeting organised by Gordon Ramsay, the Member for Ginninderra (and, inter alia, the Minister for Seniors and Veterans), included representatives from ACT and Regional Sheds (Group 16 in AMSA NSW). The meeting was very supportive of the Men’s Shed movement and the Legislative Assembly members want to do whatever they can to assist Sheds. 24th Jun 2019 – Bob Salmonds Report on Shed Groups Meeting with ACT Policians on 22nd May 2019

Paul Taylor with his wig

Paul Taylor with his Aust Day 2019 wig

3rd May 2019 – Tori Montgomery-Martin from The University of Canberra is running further exercise classes, similar to the ones provided in March 2016. The first session, for fitness assessment, was on 8:30am – 9:15am on Friday 3 May at the Shed. Each session, including the assessment one, will cost $5. It continues every Friday. The previous Excercises in a pdf file from June 2016  Exercises were stilling go in 19th July with 15 attending

Shed Notices

Shed Etiquette – See here

12th April – Amy Nussio who presented at the Shed on 22 March 2019 on ‘Driving in Later Life’ has asked that Members be reminded about the research opportunity ‘Living with Dementia and Driving Study’ details of which are on Page 3 of Newsletter #471 of 26th April. If you are interested, Amy will be happy to meet personally with any Member wanting in finding out more about this opportunity. She may be contacted on 0457 779 766 on any Monday or Tuesday and on alternate Wednesdays

15th Mar 2019 – Several members have enrolled for the Grey Medallion Program offered by the ACT Branch of Royal Life Saving Australia. If you would like more details or want to join the program, send Amy Allpress an email ([email protected]) or phone her on (02) 6113 1994

8th March 2019 –  Dedication of the “Don Gruber Room”  |  Photo Album of the event

Don Gruber Albums: Album of pictures containing Don Gruber on Shed Walks. This covers from July 2010 until Feb 2016Album of pictures containing Don Gruber on Shed Activities (ex Walks) 2009 – 2017

1 Mar 2019 – Shed DVDs – A couple of hundred DVDs are in the Shed’s DVD library in the store room (thanks to David Ruthven). You can borrow any DVD but please remember to return it once you have watched it. Also, anyone who has DVDs they no longer want could add them to the library.

7th Dec 2018 – Neville Viney’s Close Encounter with a Brown Snake – Quoting Neville: “A timely reminder to your walkers and riders to be vigilant. I came back from a ride this afternoon where a brown snake and I arrived at the same time and spot on a path, I lifted my leg as it struck and it missed me and got thin air where my leg was. I’ve seen them in the area before but not as close, path along Ginninderra Creek parallel to Macrossan Crescent.” (That’s in Latham)

7th Dec 2018 – Belconnen Trunk Sewer Upgrades – Community Consultation

17th Sep 2018 – Accessing and Using NSW SIX Maps and Other Options

Pond in The Farm

Pond in the Gardens at The Farm

Brian Wells still collects second hand glasses. He is also from Sep 2019 collecting Hearing Aids (ie spectacles) & cases from members who no longer can use theirs  as well as out of date medications and passes them onto less advantaged countries. he does this by taking the items to Sister Kim at the Bonner location of the Congregation of Mary Queen of Peace where they are sent to those in need in Vietnam. See

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

Updated May 2018 – 23 Feb 2018 – NBN Rollout Belconnen. For more information on NBN aspects

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

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

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)

8th Mar 2019 –  Free Movie Tickets for DVA Gold Card Holders. Adrian Shee advised us that Dendy Canberra gave him a free movie pass as he had a Gold Card. An internet search found that Hoyts, Dendy & Greater Union all offer DVA Gold Card holders one free pass per day, conditions apply. Hoyts excludes after 6PM or School or Public Holidays

18th Dec 2018 – 2018 Summer edition of the Seniors Card Scoop! with information on getting Seniors Transport discounts interstate & the NSW Opal Card, plus the ACT Housing Option Advisory Service, Christmas lunch & Volunteering Opportunities, and New Discounts to ACT Seniors Card holders

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

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

14th Oct 2018 – 2018 Spring edition of the Seniors Card Scoop! with information on getting Seniors Transport discounts interstate & the ACT Light Rail

COTA’s List of Services and Businesses that offer Senior Card Holders Discounts

6th Dec 2018 – Dog Walks in Canberra – Do you own a dog and are looking for great dog-walking track guides for our city? Why not click on the this link, where the site contain terrific information and maps about numerous walks around Canberra that are suitable for dogs. It also provides great links and information about all major issues relating to owning dogs in Canberra e.g. dog accommodation, training, welfare etc. This link was the basis of the recent walk around Yarralumla 

14th Sep 2018 – Phil advised that Martin was able to get a 25% discount off his ACTEWAGL Electricity Bill by ringing them and saying that Origin had offered this discount and asking what ACTEWAGL could offer. It appears you might get more if you state that Origin offered more than 25%. Apparently the discount is contracted for one year but will continue after that time. The discount does not impact any contracted solar rates a householder receives. However it is not clear what happens if the solar rate is the non Government rate that is the only one currently on offer ie 8c per kwh. Good luck!

24th Aug 2018 – Downsizing contributions into superannuation – Barry Howe has provided the following details of a new initiative that may be of interest to some Shedders. It is an ATO provision, from 1 July 2018, of “Downsizing contributions into superannuation”, whereby those over 65 who have lived in their house for more than 10 years can now contribute up to $300,000 each into superannuation from the proceeds of selling their house. The ATO website provides details for eligibility and application forms

Peters Jokes

Peter Mitchell telling jokes

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 

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 $12 seniors lunch after. See the 2019 Program

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)

Health Items of Interest to the Shed

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