Windale Mens Shed and Community Group Inc.

Windale Men’s Shed is a not for profit organisation, a registered Health Promotion Charity  and is endorsed as a Tax Deductible Gift Recipient. Donations are tax deductible.

ABN 53 205 702 808


Photo Gallery


Carole becomes a Life Member

President Roger presenting the Life Membership Plaque to Carole.

Secretary Carole Lawrence was nominated for, and granted, Life Membership at the 2018 AGM. A well deserving award for Carole who works diligently for the benefit of the shed and it's members. Congratulations Carole


Shed Refit 2018 - 2019

Charlie & Ingo, start of the major refit of the Shed workshop-pulling everthing apart.

Refit progress...everything piled into the middle

Bronco conducting a major sorting excersise.

Bill determining what's what

John on top of the scaffolding, (thanks Kennards Hire, Warners Bay)

Rob preparing the timber for the new wall.

Another planning group

Start of the new wall

Early Planning by Graham, Peter & Ingo

John & Grahame working on the new wall


Early preparation work

Early mess-everthing pulled apart

Inky sorting for future storage

John & Grahame - looking pleased with the progress

More planning

Constructing shelving for tool storage

The concept taking shape

Steve & Bill discussing the next step

More planning discussions


Fitout ongoing for the woodwork section


Chistmas 2018

Below are some photos of those enjoing the Shed's annual Christmas lunch, which was very enjoyable for all members and friends.







Windale men's shed celebrated 10 years as a men's shed association on Thursday April 28 and struck a commemorative medallion to mark the occasion. At a special function held at the shed on the day, each member attending was given a medallion as were each of the special guests who were invited to celebrate the occasion. The special guests included the Member for Charlestown, the Member for Shortland, the Member for Charlton, the Member for Lake Macquarie, Max Stevens, Margaret and John McNaughton, Wendy Heys and the CEO for the Australian Men's Shed Association David Helmers.

The Manager of the Windale men's shed Kerry Thompson, spoke of the history attached to the shed and presented a medallion to each guest relevant to the occasion.

Below is Hilton Grugeon receiving a commemorative medallion from President Roger Greenan & Manager Kerry Thompson.



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Commemorative Garden Project

Windale men's shed's management committee have approved the establishment of a commemorative garden to identify and pay homage to deceased members of the association. The garden is "work in progress" as construction is governed by dollar availability. At the present we have nine deceased members identified in the garden. Below are photos of the garden's progress. The posts have a plaque showing the name or the deceased members.


This is the latest stage showing the coloured gravel on the main part of the garden and we wish to acknowledge CONCRUSH for their valued assistance.


Christmas Party 2014

Fred, Charlie & David waiting for the party to commence.

Keith selling raffle tickets prior to the party..


Member Derek having a pre-party refreshment.

Member for Lake Macquarie addressing the members.



Member Tony accepting an award.

Member Brad accepting an award.


Member Keith accepting an award.

Member Garry accepting an award.


Member Bill accepting an award presented by President Roger.

Member Bill B accepting Life Membership from Mayor Jodie.


Member Rob accepting Life Memberhip from Mayor Jodie.

Members Rob & Carole.


Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper, presenting an award to shed member Grahame

Mayor Cr Jodie Harrison drawing the winners ticket.


Three Life Membership Awardees-Rob, Grahame & Bill with the Mayor

Members enjoying the party



Preparing to draw the major Christmas raffle.

Members preparing for the party.



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Drawing one of the many raffles.



Saw Painting

Shed member, Don, has been coming to the shed over a couple of years assisting with various onging projects. During a recent coffee break he suggested that he might bring some of blank canvases and paints to the shed and paint a few landscapes. So, after completing a few landscapes (which were quickly sold), Don decided to artwork some of the hand saws we had been donated, about eight on hand,which were to sell in favour of the shed at markets etc..

So, Don commenced painting the saws one at a time but before long he couldn't keep up with the demand from members and has since done about twelve including two large cross-cut saws.

A few of the completed saws.


Don in action on one of the cross-cut saws. thankfully he has a number of saws availble for us to benefit.


Pre-School Table/Seat Project

The following is an example of some of the school projects the 'shed' has been involved in.

Table under construction for Kinda Kapers Pre-School.

Tables being refurbished for Kinda Kapers Pre-School.

Tables under construction for Kinda Kapers Pre-School.

Tables under construction for Kinda Kapers Pre-School.


Completed table set located at the pre-school.

Completed table set located at the pre-school.


Magazine Feature

The Windale shed was visited recently by a representative of MANSPACE Magazine with a view to producing an artical about the shed for the magazine. As a result, the shed was featured in the March-April edition of the magazine which is shown below.

Australia Day Volunteer Award - Lake Macquarie City Council - January 2014

The Snr Vice President of the Windale Men's Shed association, Don Spence, was recognised for his long term dedication as a volunteer for the Windale area. During his long term career in management, Don was very much involved in the development of infrastructure for the new public housing estate in terms of advocating for a Police Station; a fire brigade; a swimming pool and a PCYC. He headed up the Windale Community Group which adopted the responsibility of establishing a Men's Shed which has developed into a highly recognised not for profit organisation to assist men who have become unemployed through redundancy or retirement. (Unfortunately, Don lost his fight with cancer on March the first, 2014 and will be sadly missed by many).

Below is a copy of the citation issued by the council for the Award:


The article below was published in the Star newspaper which briefly describes the a achievements for Don Spence as the Australia Day Volunteer of the Year and the Executive Officer for Austrailian Men's Sheds Association as the Australia Day Citizen of the Year Award:



The Windale men's shed was involved in assisting the Wiripaang Special School with the development of a new sensory garden. Shed members supplied a number of timber bird cut-outs that the students painted and draped from nearby trees. We also made and erected a specially designed two person swing for the area, see pictures below.




Thanks to the State Member for Charlestown, the Windale Men's Shed Association was successful in 2010 in achieving a grant from the Community Building Partnership grant program to extend the existing shed building to provide a suitable administration office and a multi purpose room. There were several delays in getting the project started due to the anticipated and frustrating time required to complete the D A and obtain an approval as well as arranging for a contractor to complete the project within the specified time frame, in accordance with the grant conditions.

There were many hiccupps throughout the process causing concern for the funding body, not to mention the upheaval to shed operations and the members. However, persistence prevailed and with the assistance; support and understanding by the Office of Communities staff, we were able to eventually complete the extension and the funding commitment to the satisfaction of all concerned.

Completion of the project has been most benefical for the four admin volunteers; visitors and new members by providing a much quiter and cleaner work place in regard to the admin office and an excellent multi function room for meetings; clean projects; specific purpose storage and a members retreat/reading area, as required.

Below are photos of both rooms which are now fully operational.


A view of new office showing the access door to the main shed area.


A second view of new office showing the main access/entrance at the far end.


A view of the multi function room showing the custom built dedicated storage cupboards (Built by Rob Lawrence).


A second view of the multifunction room showing the cabinet for the proposed display of vintage and other-like tools and wares.


Shed President, Roger Greenan presents Fiona Wade from De Witt Consulting, with a certificate of appreciation for their assistance with the DA for the shed extension.




Shed volunteers at one of the fund raising raffle ticket sales - Newcastle "Car Boot Sale"


Three shed members attended the national men's shed conference in Ballarat late October. All members enjoyed the sessions and gained valuable information during the conference.

Mel White (AMSA), Moe and Rob enjoying a short break


Roger, Moe and Rob


Keynote Speaker, Peter FitzSimons, delivers a very funny & enjoyable presentation.



Billycart construction-Nearly done


Billycard quality testing?


Wiripaang Public School Swingset made and installed by shed members


Swingset-front view.

Extra Pages


Art on the Wall, a joint project with the now defunct Bennets Green Rotary.

Chess pieces

The concrete chess board project completed by shed members for Saint Pius X primary school, Windale.


Gathering of members for the rollover of funding for the shed.

Member Mick Malone receiving a 2010 Workplace Excellence Award from Jill Hall MP on behalf of the shed.


AGM 2010 and Christmas Fuction

Members attending the official opening of Lightning Ridge men's shed 2012


Try a Trade 2010



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