End of Year Activities

Silly Season is well and truly here. Our small band of shedders will having a big day on Saturday the 28th of November. A committee meeting is planned to run from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. followed by a meeting of the Choir Group and others to brainstorm the Irish project and at 12:00 a BBQ lunch will be provided. Women are invited to join us for this end of year function.

The Irish Project;

This idea has come out of the successful attendance of the Murrindindi Shire Men’s Shed Choir at the National Conference in Newcastle. There are some very keen blokes that want to get a group from our Shed to the Irish Men’s Shed National Conference at Belfast City Hall on the 22nd of October, 2016.

A lot of fundraising will have to be organised to make this a reality and this will be one of the discussions on Saturday.

The Flowerdale Men’s Shed Choir we believe to be unique among the 1,000 sheds in Australia. There is a strong choir that operates as the Killorglin Men’s Shed Choir and is worth having a look at. We hope to have our own Choir video up on You Tube soon.

 

First Friday wine and platter nights have been operating the last couple of months. The last one for the year is on Friday 4th of December. This event usually runs between 7 and 8:30 p.m. and for members only.

The Men’s Shed gardening group has been busy in the community garden  and invite other men to join in, weed a plot and start growing great produce to share.

Men's Garden

Primary School Pilot Project;

This project has been developed with David and Derek in consultation with Flowerdale Primary and is into its second week. Men who are prepared to undergo the relevant checks to obtain a Working With Children card and who are prepared to work in a team on Wednesdays are welcome to talk with David or Derek about becoming involved.

Murrindindi Men’s Shed Cluster;

Every 3 months, men from the 6 sheds in the Shire and Whittlesea gather for a cuppa and a chat at one of the sheds. This time Kinglake Ranges Men’s Shed are hosting us at their recently refurbished building on Wednesday December 2nd between 10:30 and 12:00. If you are interested in coming along contact me on 0412 334 521.

Creative Conversations

Four of our Shedders added their experience to this video production and I recommend you follow the link and have a look.

Shell Green Cricket Match;

This idea grew out of the involvement of the Flowerdale Cricket Club (District Premiers) in ANZAC Day this year. On 17th of December, 100 years to the day, Puckapunyal and Flowerdale will play a commemorative match at Puckapunyal. I’d love to see as many shedders as possible head up there to support the game and the concept. We could book the community bus if enough interest is shown.

Choir commitment;

The Choir will be singing at the Kinglake Christmas Carols in Bollygum Park on Sunday 13th of December between 2 and 3:30 p.m.

The Choir will also sing at the Flowerdale Community Carols in the Hall on the 20th of December

 

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My Favourite Shed

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This is a photo of my favourite shed. Well actually it is a photo of a drawing of my favourite shed by friend and artist Andrew Lodi of Hurstbridge. I invite shedders to send me a photo of their favourite Shed and a description of why (under 500 words) over the next month. Your photo and story will be judged by the Flowerdale Men’s Shed Committee of Management and the best will be awarded a $100 prize. You don’t have to be a member of the Flowerdale Men’s Shed to contribute, you don’t have to be a man – just a person with a shed and a story. The story could be in the form of a poem.

The Flowerdale Men’s Shed may wish to publish your photo and story on our website or in promotional material to assist the Flowerdale Men’s Shed. So, by sending in your contribution you recognise that you are giving the Flowerdale Men’s Shed the right to use it for this purpose. Make sure you send your contribution in by the end of August.

To get back to my shed and my story……

Some 18 years ago, when my wife and I were looking for a move to the country, we came across a property where the old cottage with tongue and groove wooden walls, high ceilings and Baltic timber floors reflected a history of some 80 years or more. One of the treasures that committed us to the purchase was a shed, in our case the old wool shed. For me it was  paradise. Not as a workshop, – I never saw it that way. It was more a chapel, – a place to spend moments of quiet reflection. A space just to be.

The way the afternoon light streamed in beams through nail holes in the rusted Lysaght iron roof, across shearing stands and lanolin rubbed timbers, sweat and urine stained slatted floors, highlighting specks of dust spiralling upwards, was heaven. Heaven was an hour, sitting on sweet scented bales of Lucerne hay with my dingo coloured kelpie cross watching me from 8 bales up, waiting for the next game. We both loved it. The imaginings of strong men of the land removing the wool of struggling wethers in another world, the noises, the quiet, the end of day, – these were the best of times.

Sadly the beams of yellow box,  timbers borer weakened and beaten by decades of strong winds, had brought the lean of old age. The props that held up the structure that leaned 15 degrees to the rising sun were giving way. A couple of short hours with the bulldozer and my chapel was no more. For 2 weeks the flames licked clean the bones of what was left. Now all that remains, is a picture and a memory of a sacred place. The kelpie  cross I shared those precious hours with, has gone too, a victim of time. I am not the same person I was when I shared that time with my dog, I treasured it then and treasure it so much more now.

Under the spotlight and under the pump!

 

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Members of the choir are counting down the practice sessions to our first gig – Christmas in July.

This Community Dinner is being held at the Flowerdale Hotel. Act now to reserve the few remaining seats by contacting Tammy or Bernadette at Flowerdale Community House on 5780 2664. The event commences at 6.00 p.m. on Friday 25th of July 2014.

The choir has been a great addition to the Shed. Initiated by our committeeman and local musician David Thompson, we are ten strong and hoping to grow. Proving that Men’s Sheds are not just tools, timber and talk, but timing, tone and teamwork!

Flowerdale Men’s Shed Fire Relief

In response to a call for stockfeed for the burnt out areas from the Mickleham-Kilmore Fires, members of the Shed swung into action on Thursday night 13th of February. Friday (Valentines Day) saw a convoy of utes and trailers, members of the Flowerdale Men’s Shed and King Parrot Creek Environment Group picking up small bales of hay from generous locals. Many of our local farmers are buying in hay due to the extended dry period. To see these people willing to part with valuable supplies is a real testament to their belief in helping others in a critical period. We know what it is like to be burnt out, and remember the help we received.
Our Valentines Day convoy was  able to deliver @ 120 small bales to the Beveridge Community Centre staffed by Global Care volunteers.Bill, Steve, Pierre-Luc (Canadian Student) and Terry (enjoying a fly), part of the Valentine's Day convoy.

Bill, Steve, Pierre-Luc and Terry (just swallowed a fly), our Valentine’s  Day Convoy

During the day, more people rang in with offers of help. We were able to put together another convoy meeting at the Men’s Shed at 10.00 a.m. DSC_0126[1]Saturday 15th Convoy; Ruby and Lou, Joe and Michelle, Heather, Pierre-Luc, John and Terry. Billy and  Julie had already gone with a load.

We had heard that some of the hay we delivered to the Beveridge depot the day before had been stolen over night. The convoy decided that when we arrived at Beveridge, we would not allow the hay to be unloaded unless there were burnt out farmers to pick it up, or we could be guided into the fire ground to deliver supplies. After an hour of waiting, we reformed our convoy and were escorted through Wallan into one of the fire affected areas, past destroyed houses, and lucky saves to arrive at a property where we could unload.

The owners of this property had evacuated with a one year old boy. The husband had later come back with a neighbour, bypassing road blocks and had then been able to save their houses. When we arrived, the Wallan CFA were in attendance putting out a flare up. Having done their job, these guys and gal helped unload and stack hay without blinking an eyelid. While the hay was unloaded, Heather, Michelle and Lou were in the house admiring the baby and helping the mother clean up and get things in order.

All up, the Flowerdale Men’s Shed and Friends were able to deliver @280 small bales of hay sourced from members of Strath Creek Landcare, King Parrot Creek Environment Group and Shedders.

Tomorrow a load of round bales will be trucked in, followed by another load later in the week, from the Flowerdale/ Strath Creek Area. Well done and thanks to everyone for a great response at short notice. Thanks Pierre-Luc from Quebec. You arrived in time for a fair dinkum Aussie experience.

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Newsletter, 9/2/2014

FLOWERDALE MEN’S SHED Inc. 

 P.O. Box 2005 Hazeldene, 3658     A0058348T       

NEWSLETTER NO.9

9.2.14

 Hi everyone,

  • Projects at the Shed; All members are welcome to pursue their own projects at the Shed. The most recent project completed was a restoration and glazing of a Coolgardie safe. This project was to provide a lockable cabinet for the community Australia Day awards.
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David has been working on a bench for the Flowerdale Hall (fundraiser) He has also been inventing tools. I’m not sure what that is all about!DSC_0093[1]

  • THANKYOU to Ron who has spent time in the Shed recently with the layout of machines and the storage of tools. Thanks also to Jack who recently organized dust extractors.
  •  The Shed has recently played host to meetings of community members considering serving on the next Flowerdale Community House Committee of Management.
  • A “Grass Roots Governance Course” offered at the Shed by Megan Buntine  (www.mjbconsulting.net.au) was attended by committee members of the King Parrot Creek Environment Group.
  • A conversation took place between shed members, DHS personnel and Women’s Health Goulburn North East to plan a Flowerdale Men’s Shed Family Violence Initiative. A workshop is being planned for 29th of March at the Shed.
  • Community Garden – If you are interested, join Terry from our Shed who is facilitating activities in the Garden with his wife Dayle on Saturday mornings.

See you at the Shed

Steve

0412 334 521