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AGM 16th Nov 2018 – It is suggested that members consider nominating for the Committee. This is a real opportunity for you to contribute to the Shed in a very practical and meaningful way through sharing your talents and abilities in serving on the Committee. If you would like to know more details of what actually happens at Committee level, just speak to any of the Committee members. Note we need a new Treasurer at least.

11th Oct 2018 (Thu) – Floriade – Ginninderra Rotary are rostered on to man or woman (you get it!) a Rotary tent on this date. They have three periods where they need assistance ie: 9-12PM, 12-3PM, 3-6PM. Members are encouraged to consider volunteering

Bowls Day

Prawn or Chicken Bowls Day

7th Oct 2018 (Sun) – Prawn or Chicken Bowling Day @ Hawker Bowling Club. Social membership permits one to have up to 6 roll ups and play bowls with use of club balls. Attendees on 7th choose between chicken and prawns and thus pay either $40 or $50. On the day attendees also choose either to play bowls at 12.30 or 2.30PM with games lasting around 2 hrs

27th Sep (Thu) – Organ Recital at North Belco Uniting Church, Conley Drive, Melba. On this date NBUC will be hosting a classical organ music recital on its historic 1920 CW Leggo Pipe Organ. The organists for this event will be local musicians David Franks and Ian Kummerow. Your All Welcome! to attend commencing at 12.30pm, duration approximately 45 minutes followed by light refreshments. A retiring paper note donation will assist the work of both the host church (Organ Fund) & the Royal School of Church Music (ACT Branch).
This event will be the first occasion when the Royal School of Church Music (ACT Branch) has included Nth Belco Uniting in its regular monthly series of lunchtime recitals.
These recitals are usually scheduled in rotation amongst the larger Canberra churches where significant pipe organs are located. In the following month the RSCM will hold its Lunchtime Recital at St Andrew’s Forrest at 12.30pm Thursday 25th October. Enquires: Geoff Fiddian on 0413 602 316

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

14th Sep 2018 – Ray advised that Ian Cameron has offered to hold a film night at his home theatre which has an 18 ft sized screen and great acoustics. Since Ray has taken one spot, 8 spots remain available. Contact Ray via contacts page. Oh the film is the latest ‘Dunkirk’ one. Ray of course still thinks its about Duntroon!

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!

14th Sep 2018 – With further donations from members the Shed sent $1,166 to the Belconnen area Rotary appeal for drought relief

28th Aug 2018 – Cycle Group provided $400 towards a defibrillator for the North Belconnen Church, making $2400 in total from the Shed

24th Aug 2018 – The Melba Takeaway has reopened after a break caused by the death of Steve, the owner and mainstay for the past couple of decades. It is now being run by some of the younger generation from Steve’s family. The food is as good as ever, so give them a try if you want a takeaway

Talk about Ghana

20180824 Talk by Billy Williams about Ghana

24th Aug 2018 – Throwing Light on Africa – Volunteering in Ghana (Billy Williams)

21st Aug 2018 – The committee has agreed to erect a plaque on a wall of the main meeting room naming the room “Don Gruber Room” in memory of one of our founding members

6th Aug 2018 – Drought relief. Melba Shed 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 Aust with the aim of collecting $1 million for drought relief. They challenged all other Sheds in Australia to raise $1 million for drought relief! | Alternative Drought Relief Options: 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 onlineAustralian Lions Foundation National Appeal – Rotary Australia World Community Service

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.

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 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

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

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.

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. For more information on NBN aspects

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Peters Jokes

Peter Mitchell telling jokes

Member & Friends Information

Lunchtime MelodiesJoint Venture between Ginninderra Rotary & Belconnen Raiders Club – 2nd Wed each month between 11.30-12.30PM at Raiders Belconnen (Kippax), gold coin donation – includes various bands, choirs, individuals, films: coffee, tea & option of $12 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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