Members of the Windale shed are, and with support from Charter Hall (Lake Macquarie Fair), we are supporting Men's Health Week at a small stall within the centre promoting men's health; the Windale men's shed and a 2018 sponsorship with Charter Hall. We will be onsite Thursday and Friday June 14 & 15 between the hours 11.00AM to 2.00PM and Saturday between 9.30am & 2.00pm. We are also taking this opportunity to seek new members for Windale men's shed.
The Windale Shed is holding a health check for members and the local commnity. The Australian Hearing Bus is coming to the Shed on Thursday 17 August 2017 from 9.00am to 2.00pm. Anyone who may have a hearing problem or need information about hearing aid systems are welcome to attend. All consultations are free.
The year started with a flurry of projects coming through the door which are well underway.
On Friday March 17, members are holding a fund raising BBQ at Bunnings, Belmont between 8.00 am 'till about 3.00 pm, in support of the Leukaemia Foundation's "World's Greatest Shave" event. We will be donating all proceeds of the BBQ, hair cutting and colouring to the Foundation so please turn up and support this great cause. If you don't wish for us to mess with your hair, just toss some dosh into the collection buckets.
We have been operating as a community men's shed since April 2006 during which time the organisation has grown in many ways in terms of supporting community projects, fund raising activities, member activities and viability. The members are keen to celebrate the occasion and as a result, have decided to hold a special day at the shed to recognise those who assisted with the early development of the shed project.
It is proposed to invite several people from our past to gather at the shed and help us celebrate the anniversary. Invitations will be issued in due course and it is hoped to have a a small but very successful memborable celebration day.
In addition, we plan to hold an open day later in the year to celebrate our anniversary on a broader scale. It is anticipated to have market stalls, shed sales and provide a sausage sizzle for the local and broader community.
The abovementioned event was held on Thursday April 28. The day was very successful. Members and guests each receiveda commemorative medallion to mark the occassion. Please see Photo Gallery for images.
Once again, we are holding a Christmas raffle which is one of our major fund raisers. The three prizes consist of a 55" full HD LED telivision; a Blue Ray player; a twin HD recorder; two Gold Cinema Passes at Reading Charlestown, and many more goodies. 1st prize is valued at approximately $1000.00. We will be selling tickets at various outlets throughout the next four months including Garden City Kotara; Charlestown Square; Lake Macquarie Fair as well as some markets and local outdoor events. Only $2.00 a ticket so look for our dedicated volunteer sellers and support the Windale men's shed.
MEN'S SHED CONFERENCE
The 6th Australian Men's Shed Associations' Conference is to be held in Newcastle on October 16 and 17 at the City Hall and the Civic Theatre. Windale men's shed will be hosting a visit by interested delegates from all parts of Australia on Sunday morning, October 15 when we will be sharing the Windale story, linking withthe then awareness of a need fo a men's shed for the area. We will also be showing some of our wares and a video on some of our activities while providing morning tea. A good roll-up is anticipated.
CELEBRATING TEN YEARS
The ten year annisversary of the official shed opening occurs in April 2016. A committee is examining ways to celebrate the event and a huge open day in the car park is one option being considered. A lot of planning is still required so please watch this space for further information.
The men's shed has commenced selling tickets for our 2014 Monster Raffle which has a total prize value of $2,400.00. There are five valuable prizes with the first prize consisting of a 40 inch HD LCD Television that can record, pause and rewind, and a large wheel barrow filled to the brim with a Christmas goodies hamper. Tickets are only $2.00 each so seek them out.
We plan to attend the car boot sales during November 2014. We will again be se selling good second hand items and raffle tickets for our annual Monster Raffle.
The construction of a commemorative garden to identify the associations deceased members is antcipated during early 2014. A further shed project is to construct a security fence around the shed perimeter.
Arrangements have been made for first aid training and hearing tests to be conducted for members during the latter part of the year.
17 July 2 013. A program called Niagra Therapy is being held at the shed premises for members and family who wish to be involved. The program is designed to assist seniors manage mobility and pain in terms of arthritis. The program is delivered as an informal and enjoyable talk with members as a group. Should be very informative.
25 July 2013. Australiam Men's Sheds Association (AMSA) have made available a good health assessment program for shed members called "Spanner in the Works". The main focus of the program is to provide mature age members of the opportunity to have a confidential, indepth but non intrusive health examination by local, qualified medical personnell, within the safety of the men's shed. The previous ocassion similar checkes were conducted at the Windale shed it was discovered that four members hadn't been to see a doctor for the previous three to four years with a couple of members suffering serious medical conditions unfortunately.
The program consists of a range of tests and information from measuring and discussing members BP; cholesterol; eyesight etc. Members can discuss medical matters with the personnell on the day, have their results referred to their MD, or both.
Members of the local community and the men's shed community are welcome to attend. Just contact Roger (Mo) Lowe on 49485830.
We plan to hold an open day for the men's shed about late September or early October 2013. community members will be able to walk throughthe shed with a shed member to see what seceret men's business goes on. We will offer a low cost BBQ and the opportunity to purchase or order items that are custom made by shed volunteers. Watch this space for an actual date.
We will be trading again at the Newcastle Car boot Sale in November 2013. There will be a huge amount of good second hand items for sale which proved to be very popular last year. We will also be selling tickets for our once a year fund raising raffle, in time for Christmas. Come and see the wonderful first prize on offer (no hints) and support the Windale men's shed.