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15-16th Sep 2018 – Ray Osmotherly is involved in organising the Canberra Model Shipwrights Society annual exhibition on 15, 16 September. This year, non- members who have made models are being invited to exhibit them. If you know someone who may like to exhibit a model, put them in touch with Ray (sec[email protected])

7th-9th Sep 2018 – Lifeline Spring Bookfair at EPIC – details and times

27th  Aug 2018 – Ray Osmotherly is organising the 10th Anniversary dinner on Mon 27th Aug at 6.30PM for 7PM, at the Southern Cross Club, Jamison. See Ray Osmotherly for tickets which will cost $40 for the food per person. Annie & Michael will be providing entertainment

24th Aug 2018 –  Goodwin’s The Central @ Crace is having a Happy Hour. You are invited to attend. RSVP to the contacts in the attachment by 14th Aug. Invitation to Happy Hour

Member Eric Carle

Eric Carle

21st Aug 2018 – Long-term Melba Shed members will be saddened to learn of the passing of our former member Eric Carle, on Saturday 11 Aug 2018, aged 101. Eric joined Melba Shed as a member in the early days, and very much enjoyed the activities of the Shed and the company of his fellow members. A vital & still-active man into old age, Eric epitomised the values of a healthy, positive lifestyle. In his mid-90’s Eric presented to the Shed on his early life as a professional fisherman, which had occurred some eighty years before! Eric will be missed by those who had the privilege of knowing him & sharing time, laughs and stories with him. Our condolences go to the Carle family. A memorial service of thanksgiving for the life of Eric will be held at the North Belconnen Uniting Church on Friday 24 Aug at 1.00pm.

17th Aug 2018 – Talk on the National Library of Australia’s TROVE by Jenny Higgins

10th Aug 2018 – Guided Visit to the AIS. Written by Bob Salmond

9th Aug 2018 – Roger Amos attended the daily Last Post Ceremony at the War Memorial to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Roger’s Great Uncle Stan being killed in action in France

6th Aug 2018 – Drought relief
Melba Shed has received an email from Wayne Stuart, Secretary of Yass Valley Men’s Shed, about an initiative to raise $1,000 from every Men’s Shed in Australia (about 1,000 of them) with the aim of collecting $1 million for drought relief. The relevant parts of Wayne’s email are below:
From: “Secretary Yass Valley Men’s Shed” <[email protected]>
Subject: Yass Men’s Shed has challenged all other Sheds in Australia to raise $1 million for drought relief!!
Date: 2 August 2018
Dear Shed members and friends
The Yass Valley Men’s Shed has challenged all Men’s Sheds across Australia to raise $1,000 each to be contributed to a national fund to help alleviate some of the disastrous effects of the current drought. We have put this proposal to the umbrella organisation for Men’s Sheds, the Australian Men’s Shed Association (AMSA) and they are currently considering the proposal.
There are more than 1,000 sheds around Australia and if all of them can donate $1,000 we will easily hit the $1million target.
Here in Yass the idea is already gaining a lot of community support. Our initial idea was that we would contribute $500 from our Shed funds and ask all of our members to each contribute $5 each (which would get us to $1,000 quite comfortably). However, we have already had donations (so far totalling $140), mostly in larger denominations than $5, and one member has promised to match our $500 donation. So we have already surpassed our $1,000 target and we haven’t even started yet!
……etc (details about contributing to the Yass appeal).
The Shed President, Roger, has suggested that the Melba Shed take up the challenge. More details soon

Alternative Drought Relief: Buy a Bale, Helping Aust FarmersYou can also help through Aussie HelpersYou can also donate through the Red CrossYou can also donate at any CommBank Branch or online

6th Aug 2018 More on Defibrillators – A month or so ago we watched a video demonstrating CPR and how to use an AED (defibrillator).  At the time someone asked if there is an app that shows the location of AEDs in Canberra.  Paul McCarthy searched but didn’t find anything satisfactory (He found some but they showed only a couple of AEDs in Belconnen, which he knew was not correct).  Today he stumbled on the following site that shows quite a few AED locations around Canberra.  You can set it up in an android phone as a “Favourite” in your browser and it looks like it can also be downloaded into an iPhone as an Android app.

1st Jul 2018 – Welcome to the 2018 Winter edition of the Seniors Card Scoop! with information on linking the ACT Seniors Card to the NSW Opal Card and more

Updated May 2018 – 23 Feb 2018 – NBN Rollout Belconnen. Most of West Belconnen except some isolated pockets can now connect to the NBN. They are now working on most of East Belconnen to install the NBN. You can check when your suburb is ready on this map or check you address here. Checking on the address seems to give more up to date info than the map. You can see a special Google map that shows all the Nodes & Pillars for the Scullin NBN FSA. If you zoom in you can see the location of the nearest pillar and node to your place.  For more information on NBN aspects

Website and WordPress Changes for 2019 Onwards

The future will bring some significant changes. The impending WordPress 5 will herald Project Gutenberg which will bring a new style of editing Refer this article

Also from July 2018 Google will downgrade those sites that don’t use SSL encryption. Thus we will have to use this technology and thus the site’s URL is now However no one should panic. You still only have to type Melba Shed into your browser address bar and you will be directed to the site

Shed Notices

Shed Etiquette – See here

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

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

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

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

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

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

Calvary Care

We Need You

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

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

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

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

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

Peters Jokes

Peter Mitchell telling jokes

Member & Friends Information

Lunchtime MelodiesJoint Venture between Ginninderra Rotary & Belconnen Raiders Club – 2nd Wed each month between 11.30-12.30PM at Raiders Belconnen (Kippax), gold coin donation – includes various bands, choirs, individuals, films: coffee, tea & option of $9 seniors lunch after

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

2014 – Open letter from North Belconnen Day Centre – It meets in the Church building. Any Melba Shed member is welcome to talk to Jeanette Branch on 6258 5784 if they have friends, family or neighbours, men or women, who would benefit from the day centre activities or whose families / carers would benefit from respite by those they care for accessing NBDC sessions (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 10am-2pm)

Echidna MtAinslie Sep12

Echidna Mt Ainslie

Health Items of Interest to the Shed

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

Prostmate – Doug Crawford provided this link to Prostmate. They provide online advice and support about prostate issues. To get support you need to sign up but its free. This then allows you to connect and talk to professional nurses about prostate problems. The site is provided by Australian Prostate Cancer Research. Urologist Professor Tony Costello at the Royal Melbourne Hospital is involved in this site and an associated Health Clinic for Men

11th May 2018 – Ian Peters from Diabetes Australia NSW & ACT talked about Diabetes & the massive impact it is having on the health of Australians. Ian handed out numerous NDSS Information Fact Sheets. These can all be accessed by clicking on this link

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