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At Last ! Our dust extraction system is underway

 At last, after more than a year of delays, Council has given us its blessing to go ahead with phase one of the dust extraction system. Council engaged outside contractors to excavate the site, prepare the foundation for the concrete pad, and pour the concrete.

  

The completed pad will need about three weeks to cure after which the dust extraction plant will be relocated from storage inside the building, and will erected by the manufacturer, EzyCut, on the pad outside.  EzyCut will also install the main trunk of ducting through the wall and along the southern perimeter of the building. Once that work has been completed we will erect a fence around the plant for security.

 

New sponsors welcomed by the members

On 3rd July Roger McMillan, representing Roger McMillan Real Estate, visited the Shed to present a sponsors cheque for $500. Roger is a real fan of the Men’s Shed movement and has committed his agency to support our Shed with an annual donation of $500. The members showed their appreciation in the usual way .. with applause !

Vins Bins too!

Vin Cheers, pictured above, has also committed his business, Vins Bins, to becoming a sponsor of the Shed. Vin presented a large cheque to Graeme Morris on behalf of the members, also for $500,

Thanks to Denis McKeegan for his work in securing these local businesses as ongoing sponsors.

Updating the storage shed

The first shed on site

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a makeover?

Les Brown and Dennis Berg on the job here during an extensive makeover of the old shed early in 2019.  There was much debate over the need to have a permit for this work with Council deciding in the end that it wasn’t required after the roof overhang disappeared.

Another grant from our friends at Bendigo Bank

Thanks to Rye and District Community Financial Services , the operators of Bendigo Bank at Dromana, Rosebud, and Rye, we have been given another $2,000 grant at their AGM held on 21 November 2018.

This Community Bank has done a fantastic job over many years donating a total of more than $10,000,000 to date to community organisations on the Peninsula. What a wonderful example of a community focused business.

Congratulations on another successful year!

International Men’s Shed Week 23-29th November

Rotary was a key force in the men’s shed movement.There are now more than 1,000 men’s sheds across Australia. This video premiered at the Rotary International Convention in Sydney, Australia.

Facts

  • Men’s Sheds started in Australia back in the early 1990’s, possibly in Albury with the Albury Activities Centre later to become Albury Men’s Shed
  • There are now more than 1000 men’s sheds around Australia, including 360 in Victoria.
  • The Men’s Shed movement has spread around the world
    • 130 Sheds in New Zealand
    • 476 in the U.K.
    • over 400 in Ireland
    • Shed’s are also becoming popular in Europe with starts in Holland, Finland, Sweden, Spain, and Greece
  • But slow to get started in North America
    • 13 throughout U.S.A
    • 14 in Canada

Coolum Men's Shed

Shoulder to Shoulder

The slogan for men’s sheds is “Shoulder To Shoulder”. This form was shortened from “Men don’t talk face to face, they talk shoulder to shoulder”, adopted after the 2008 Australian Men’s Shed Association (AMSA) conference.

Notably Irish

The first country in the Northern Hemisphere to have an association is Ireland, where the Irish Men’s Sheds Association was established in 2011 to support the development and sustainability of men’s sheds. The member Sheds of the Irish Association are from both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

One notable difference between the men’s sheds in Australia and Ireland is the age demographic of the participating men; in Ireland men of all ages participate while in Australia it is mostly retired men.

About Kilcoch Men's Shed, County Kildare, Ireland

Men's Shed Choir

Kilcock Community Men’s Shed (County Kildare, Ireland) has formed a choir and released this original song as well as an album of their favourites.