4th Annual Christmas Ladies Nght

Saturday 10 December, we held our 4th Annual Ladies Christmas Night. This was to thank all our long suffering wives and partners for their support and understanding. I'm sure having their husbands/partners out of the house on a regular basis for a few hours didn't hurt too much, but we just wanted to say "thank-you".

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Christmas 2107 Market Day

Once again we attended the Christmas Market Day at Cross Park Oval. After a very slow start to the proceedings, the day picked up with a good number of sales. Mr "Funky Chicken" however, is still for sale! Here's David on guard for prospective customers!

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Murray and David practice their sales techniques on some passing visitors, while Ron chats to our past Secretary, Ken.

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Donna and Tjorn Visit

This month we had a special visitor, Hon. Donna Faragher MLC JP, Liberal member for the East Metropolitan Area. She was accompanied by Hon. Tjorn Sibma MLC, Shadow Minister for Community Services, Youth, Seniors and Ageing. Donna has been a long time supporter of our Shed and was a great help with our Lottery West application for funds in 2016. She and Tjorn had a tour of the Shed and the Chairman brought them both up to date with the progress of our new building project. Here they are pictured with our intrepid Cubby House builder, Roy. Unfortunately, we didn't have enough time for tea!


October Sundowner

For October's Sundowner we had Laurie Scidone, Chairperson of the Roleystone Community Garden, present a talk on the history of Community Gardens and how they were formed. A very interesting and informative talk. This was followed by our usual snack meal, refreshments and fellowship. A very pleasant evening for all.

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WAMSA Metro Hills Meeting

During October we have been very busy with Shed projects, working towards our new Shed and various meetings. The main events this month were attending the WAMSA Metro Hills Meeting at the Midland Men's Shed (they finally have a shed in which to meet!), where Phil, Roy and David met with another eight Shed's representatives to discuss the events of last year and of course, to make new friends. These meeting are important to keep Shed members up to date with news and events that concern WA Men's Sheds.

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Perth Hills Festival 2017

Once again the Shed attended the Perth Hills Festival at Karragullen. This year we were tasked with supplying wrist bands to all who had paid their entry fee, before they sallied into the main area of the show. As yet we don't know how many attended the Festival (best guess 10-12,000), but we do know that all the members who were engaged in the exercise worked non stop from 8am to the end, placing bands on visitors or stuffing show bags! I'm also pleased to say that we made a few sales as well! A great, if somewhat exhausting day.

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Work at Child Protection

This month one of our projects was to renovate three items of play equipment for the Department of Child Protection in Armadale. These were a Cubby House, a Bus and a Fort, all of which had to receive our attention. Here's Ron, Murray, Neil and Kris enjoying the warmer weather and sunshine whilst carrying out the renovations. A good mornings work!

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George gives a talk

Our Treasurer, George, who has been fighting cancer for over three years, gave us all a talk on his strategies for dealing with his illness. His moving and very informative talk brought out some of the more bizarre and unpleasant aspects of his treatment, all of which George has borne with his sense of good humour and attitude of "anything can be overcome". I'm sure all of us listening to him found it a truly inspiring and humbling experience.

I've listed the points that George brought out in his talk, all of which are excellent guides, not only for illness, but for life.

  • There is too much negativity about, try to avoid it as much as possible.
  • Try and keep your mind busy.
  • Keep your sense of humour. Whoever said laughter is the best medicine, was probably right.
  • The desire to prove the doctors wrong, will give you the drive to keep going.
  • Your wife or partners support is a very important part of the journey.
  • Have the attitude of "anything can be overcome".
  • There are always people worse off than you.
  • Don't ever think "it will just go away". If you have concerns, then DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!

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Training Day

As part of the Shed's group of Induction talks, Neil took 17 members through the dangers of operating some of our more complicated machines. With this complete, most Shed members have now been briefed on the safety measures of all the equipment we presently operate. Those unable to attend will be briefed individually as time permits. Many thanks Neil for a very informative and concise series of talks.

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Visit by Andrew Hastie MP

At the Tuesday session of the Shed we met a new visitor, Mr Andrew Hastie, Federal MP for the Liberal Party. Andrew came to visit us as part of his getting to know the local organisations, and what we get up to. Here Andrew is enjoying morning tea with the members before having a "cooks tour" of the Shed.

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