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Forster Tuncurry Men’s Shed


November 2018



November 2018

As we move through spring, we are reminded that the warmer weather is upon us. It'll be down to shorts and T-shirts in the shed for most of us. We have had a number of visitors to the shed during the last month, including Probus and Golden Ponds. The date of this years Christmas Party has been announced and we have a new piece of machinery in the form of a portable bandsaw mill. Don't forget that the AGM is scheduled for 11:00 am Tuesday February 26th, next year. . All members are encouraged to attend and vote on your future. Please read details about the AGM, in the "News" section of the website, just search for the tab marked News. Nomination forms will soon be available for those who would like to be nominated for the committee or the executive positions.


Your newsletter will now only be delivered electronically through this website. It seems that you have found it, congratulations. Subsequent issues will appear here just before the start of the month. This is to advise members as to what is coming up....enjoy.


All members are required to fill out a new information sheet to update our Members Register, please see Secretary Rick Coleman.


Our new Facebook page is receiving plenty of likes and comments. The new address is:



We now have listings for sale through Facebook on four (4) local Buy, Swap and Sell sites. We are hoping to give the wider public an insight into what we make and have for sale. Those sites are:

  • Buy Swap and Sell Taree 2430 and surroundings
  • Buy/Swap/Sell Taree, Cundletown, Wingham, Forster HOME AND GARDEN GOODS
  • Forster Tuncurry Trading Post & Community Page 2428
  • Buy/Swap/Sell Forster/Tuncurry

Committee Meetings

The committee will hold it’s next meeting on Wednesday 14th November at 11:00 am. The committee would like all shed members to know they are welcome to sit in and listen to what’s going on.


Melbourne Cup Sweep ....
Congratulations to all winners of the two big sweeps, and Pres Richard for going to the effort of running them. CR's Joel Gordon was lucky enough to take out both sweeps first prizes with No.23 "Cross Counter", he also put a few bucks on that one (Must've been a kind of omen). Runners up were holders of horse No. 9 "Marmelo" - Mickie Mack and Nick (the Russian) Kalugin, Third place went to Holders of horse No.17 - Tony Young and Tracey Hunter (from CR). Congratulations to all the winners. President Rick will be away for three weeks starting next week. The committe will meet in his absence, so come along if you wish.


Guidelines of the shed ....(among others these are a few reminders for all of us)

  1. All persons entering the shed must sign in and out - including visitors
  2. If you have morning tea and/or use any of the machines, a donation of $2 is expected to cover future purchases
  3. Sturdy footware and Hi-visibility clothing must be worn in the workshop area.
  4. Anyone under the influence of alcohol will not be permitted inside the workshop area....(to be continued next month with a few more guidelines)




The following is an excerpt delevered at an AMSA Conference in Newcastle a

couple of years back. It relates to perecived threats to Men's Sheds

Threat 3

Bureaucratisation and Interference 
Along the same lines as 1 & 2, bureaucracies and their interference can lead to dissatisfaction in the Shed. This especially becomes a threat when the bureaucracy holds the purse strings either through providing grant monies or through auspicing the Shed. 
Bureaucracies should accept that, as much as possible, the Shed should be run by the men for the men.


What's coming up in November

  • 14 November -  Committee meeting of the current board - visitors welcome (as always)
  • 30 November - the Friday BBQ lunch at the shed courtesy of Richard B-M and his band of merry catering men. Will be the last one of the calendar year 2018, due to our Christmas Party being in December...
  • 21 December - Christmas Party at the shed.