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Shed Update
7th December 2017

A walk around the Shed today highlighted some updates recently completed. A lot of 'jobs' get done by shedders as part of the ongoing committment to improve the Shed for all Members, including painting, building, wiring, cleaning, ordering, pickups and deliveries, removals and production of goods for customers.
Today I photographed several new areas like the painted Containers, the enclosed metal working area, the continuation of the Mezzanine build etc.

Garage Sale and Open Day
9th September 2017

On Saturday 9th Sept. The Men's Shed held it's first garage sale in the new shed, and was well attended by shed members.

Some money exchanged hands, but the sale forced the setup of a permanent display area and storage for finished goods.

Well done fellas.

Shedders get a Paint Booth
September 2017

A successful Auction saw the Men's Shed aquire a 2nd hand Paint Booth, complete with lighting and extraction filters. It came in way under budget as well.

Car Park Resurfacing
July 2017

Nearing the final stage before Occupancy, Council graded and rolled some bitumen to make our car park up to spec.
Also, there are pics of members working on paying jobs to help support the Men's Shed.

From the President
26th June 2017

Good news.

We have won a grant of $37,300 to complete the framing, stairs and upstairs toilet.
We can start very soon on these projects. Watch this space. Some helping hands may be needed.

Alan Larkin

Membership fees are due 
from July 1st 2017

Membership fees fall due
as of July 1 2017

Members are advised that the Membership Fee of $40 (unchanged from last year) is due from July 1, 2017.

Due to the move (and other factors) members are requested to pay for the fee in person at the new shed on Howard Street. At this time members are also requested to fill in a form with current details of contact numbers, email address, postal address etc so we can update our records.

Please note that payment by Direct Deposit will not be available this year. We apologise for this inconvenience.

From the President - June 2017

Good news.

The new shed is now pretty well up and running. Most of the machines are now connected to the power and we can now focus on getting back into business. The jobs are rolling in and we need to get cracking to build up our finances to fund further developments and machine upgrades.

It is well worth commenting on the sterling efforts put in by a handful of faithful shedders over this last few weeks. To those of you who have bent your backs to get things set up I give a hearty thank you. You are awesome! I was absent for quite a bit of the time during May but each time I came to the shed great changes were evident and lots of our precious stuff has been sorted and sent to the tip. The guy at the tip was amazed at the amount of stuff we got rid of.

Your committee has held its first meeting in the new shed and we are already planning projects to settle things in. Our webmaster Ray Meyer has accepted an invitation to formally join the committee. He has a wealth of admin and business experience and is going to look at our methods to see if they can be streamlined to assist Tom and David in the office.

It is of some concern already that Tom and David are being swamped for time to time, even though we still don’t have a phone or internet connection and probably won’t for some time. We will need to again implement the structure we started at the old shed to spread the load, with people directing enquiries to the suitable person instead of just to the managers. I will review all this over the next month and we may need some more volunteers.

As part of the ongoing plans for the shed, the committee has decided proceed with a number of grant applications.

1. A grant from Coffs Council to complete the upstairs mezzanine floor with three rooms, metal stairs, disabled chair lift and metal balustrade, plus a female toilet. This will have a budget around $70,000 if successful.

2. A grant to establish the paint shop area. We are proposing to build a room similar in size to the new office and install a 4mt filter wall system at a cost of around $11,000. The total budget will be for about $17,000. Part of the grant will be for 2 dust scrubbers to be hung from the roof near the machine area to filter any airborne dust from the air. I understand these units are very affective. Sanding and prep will be completed over some vacuum sanding tables to minimise local dust.

Personal cupboard space
Because we do not have space to allow all members to have a cupboard or draw to store personal stuff on site it has been decided that this practice from the old shed will not be available now. Locks have been removed from all doors and drawers around benches. If you had personal stuff in a cupboard or draw best come and collect it ASAP.

The car hoist we had has been sold to a guy from Armidale in the last few days. Money from this sale is going to be allocated to getting our shipping containers finally on site and repaired ready for timber storage in the back yard.
Goals for the next few weeks.
1.     Organise and establish the storeroom next to engineering.
2.     Clear out finished jobs from the kitchen area and set up more tables for meal times.
3.     Connect power to the benches.
4.     Collect/install racks and a table currently being stored by Ken Howe.
5.     Install the containers in the back yard.
6.     Mount defibrillator to sick room wall when delivered along with new first aid box.

Reminder Notice.
Shed membership runs out at the end of the month. Membership fee $40 is due from 1st July 2017.   All members will be asked to fill in a fresh membership form with complete contact details so our files can be updated. Quite a few emails have changed and not all members are being kept informed.

Alan Larkin

Sorting out the mess shed - 29th May 2017

Members busying themselves with the job of cleaning and re-installing furniture and equipment.

Everyone is keen to get "back to normal business" so it is pleasing to see so many members chipping in to 'rebuild' the shed.

A large job, it appears that all concerned are taking their time, making sure that nothing is wasted or rushed. It would be too easy to throw everything into a corner and hope someone else will fix it later.

In fact, the biggest casualty is the dining area as it is used for storage while other more important areas are being sorted.

Looking forward to the day I can shoot a clean, well organised shed, and display it proudly to the rest of the world.

Ray Meyer

Message from the Vice President - Ken Ryan 

May 6, 2017

As of Thursday 4th May, a large amount of material, tools, cupboards, work benches have been delivered to Howard Street. This has been achieved with a lot of effort by several of our members who have unselfishly used their private transport together with our Men’s Shed ute.
The mezzanine at the old shed has been cleared and the showground storage was also cleared on time.
The kitchen, toilets and disabled toilet areas are complete except for painting. The office area has been erected and in the process of being completed.
Most of the work benches and associated cupboards are now in place and the set-up of the storeroom and machine shop is progressing.
Most significantly, the very heavy machines (large band saw, metal lathe, heavy wood lathe, large thicknesser and panel saw) were moved by the generosity of Tom at Barry Smith Engineering. (Thanks to Ron Braun) Tom supplied the truck with hyab and some of his staff and they picked up and delivered all these item in about 2 hours. Some of us “old fellas”  watched and wondered – I’m sure we could not have moved them as quickly and efficiently as Tom and his men.
Power is currently being connected to the work bench area and our solar power system is delivering close to its rated 10Kw.
On behalf of the committee, I would like to give a great big thankyou to all involved in the ongoing move.
We still have a way to go and hopefully the new shed is fully operational in 3-4 weeks.
Ken Ryan
Vice President.

Progress Photos of the move 


Marcia Street is slowly emptying out thanks to the great efforts of members.

Barry Smith Engineering and Coffs Harbour Cranes have generously moved all the heavy machinery.

Their time, expertise, equipment and man hours was invaluable to the shed.

All up there were 5 men who's skill helped us carry out this move without any problems.

Progress Photos of the move 

5th May 2017
Howard Street.

While members skilfully pack and move the Marcia St Shed, other members are busily sorting, moving, stacking, building and fitting all the items needed to get the Shed back on it's feet.

Thank you from Roger Harris

Hi, I'd like to put a thank you note in the news letter with the attached photograph. 

"I'd like to thank all the members who have helped, contributed, encouraged, and advised me on my kitchen project. Patting myself on the back, it doesn't look too amateurish. Secretly the lack of stuff ups on splashback is a welcome surprise. Thank you gentlemen, the mens shed is a great place, full of great people."         

Roger Harris

Men at Work

Bob Wood feeding our small rip saw.

Masters Closes

Members dismantling storage units from Masters just before they closed. They will reappear in the new shed. Note the whip wielding supervisor.

At Work

Wayne C. displays one of his trinket boxes which will be donated as a charity fund raiser .

Photo Albums

Click here to view the photo albums of Social Events, early days in Marcia St Mens Shed,
 Fund Raising pics and more...

Shed History

Ken Howe has graciously put together a timeline of the "Early Days" of the Coffs Men's Shed, from inception, through to fitout and opening, followed by approx. 18 months of growth. It's an interesting read and highlights all the background work done by many hard working Rotarians and CHESS staff.

Click for full history