Welcome to Melba Shed, News & Items of Interest

Melba Shed is a Men’s Shed located in Melba, North Belconnen in Canberra, Australia.  Our purpose is to provide a place where older, mainly retired men can meet, socialise, undertake excursions, community activities and some healthy exercises including cycling and walking.

Lake Ginninderra Jun 2014

Face Masks

Face masks must be worn at Shed meetings inside the Church building. From mid-night 21st Dec 2021 mask wearing is once again mandatory in indoor settings in the ACT. This includes

  • Indoor retail settings
  • Public transport
  • Hospitality venues (except when seated, or eating or drinking)
  • Offices
  • Visitors and staff in a residential aged care facility

COVID Safety Plan for Melba Shed

This advises members of what we need to do to hold meetings on the North Belconnen Church’s premises during the COVID 19 declared COVID period

The image following is from a preso on 2021-06-18 titled ‘Under Full Sail’ by Stuart Allan. Details here

2021-09-17 – Cruising – those were the days!! by Martin van der Hoek. Also more articles by Martin especially on climate issues, bushrangers, etc.  Details here

2021-12-03 – Luke’s Talk about Travelling Around Oz by Public Transport. Details here

US Clipper Ship

2021-12-03 – Items of Interest – Anyone that doesn’t have a story to tell?

I don’t think so. And as Brian Wells said at the meeting, he thinks we should capture our stories while we can. Think about it: collectively, we possess probably around 4,000 years of human experience. Brian’s thinking was sparked by recent reflections on his early memories of life during the Second World War. He recalls, for example, life during the Battle of Britain.

Some of us ‘youngsters’ don’t go that far back, but in a brief discussion after the meeting, it didn’t take long for childhood memories to come bubbling up (like putting pennies on the tram tracks-guilty!). Do you, for example, recall wartime rationing, or the baker’s horse and cart? Make no mistake about it, we all have stories to tell, good, bad or otherwise, about growing up in various places.

Brian wanted to give us a ‘heads up’ on his idea of collecting and sharing our collective memories, along with any photos we might have. The idea needs more work, for example what period to cover, how to capture and organise material, and what to do with it, so watch this space…

Editor- Greg’s Examples. My grandma was born one of 17 children at Two Tree Point South Bruny Island Tas. At this spot Captain Cook landed on 26th Jan 1777. Three of her brothers went to war in WW1. Greg volunteered at an Israeli Kibbutz in 1979 for 4 months. He went to Mt Sinai twice. He also worked at an LNG plant is Algeria for over a year 1980/81. What about you?

Harry’s early memories

In response to Brian Wells’ suggestion last week that we gather members’ early memories, Harry Redfern shared some material he had written, hoping it may help others get started on their own stories.

A ‘war baby’ from Granville in 1941, Harry was an only child, following the stillbirth of an earlier sibling. He grew up surrounded by the frenetic atmosphere of his mother’s busy florist shop, where his grandparents worked too. His escape was to the lily patch, where he built a network of tunnels and created his own world. He shared his secrets with his black Labrador, ‘Rollo’.

When things in the shop were too busy for Mum to visit the butcher, Rollo would be sent on a mission with a note attached to his collar, dutifully returning with the ordered meat wrapped in newspaper and carried between his teeth!

2021-09-12 – Items of Interest – Check in with a Card

Bob Mann in a Shed Newsletter has advised us that the ACT Gov is issuing a new card that will enable people who don’t own a smartphone or are unable to download or use the Check In CBR app. The card contains a unique QR code which can be scanned at all businesses and venues across the ACT that currently accept the Check In CBR app. Checking in will be faster, easier and with private as there is no need for venue staff to manually enter a customer’s details.

For more information on the Check In CBR card, visit the ACT Government COVID-19 website.

To apply for a free Check In CBR card, or for more information, simply click here  or call the ACT Health Digital Solutions Support team on (02) 5124 5000.

29 Jun 2020 – Google collects a frightening amount of data about you. You can find and delete it nowGoogle will auto-delete data — for some users — but only after a year and a half. You can do better than that. We’ll show you how. (From Pocket News Hits)

9 Jun 2020 – How to take screenshots with Windows 10 Snip & Sketch.  To take a screenshot with Windows 10 Snip & Sketch, just press the Windows Icon on the keyboard plus SHIFT S and select the area you want to copy. You will get several options you can choose from the top of the window. From Phil. See Newsletter #528 12th June 2020

1 Jun 2020 – Hardening Your Home Router

This article came from an Acronis newsletter. With so many people working remotely, cybercriminals are aggressively attacking home networks. Securing your router, the gateway to your data, is highly recommended. See this article to get useful information to achieve this.

12 Mar 2020 – Security Issues with Melba Shed web site – Note it has been advised that a couple of users found issues trying to access Melba Shed. They used Norton’s Security software which advised them that MelbShed.com was a dangerous page. Checking this out it appears that Norton’s shows Melba Shed with:- Computer Threats: 0; Identity Threats: 0; Annoyance factors: 0 – Total threats on this site: 0 Yet it still rates MelbaShed as dangerous. They have been asked to re-assess as the rating doesn’t make sense.  Google rates Melba Shed’s Safe Browsing site status as a Green tick and “No unsafe content found”

7 Feb 2020 – Arthritis Australia commenced exercise classes at the Shed. The starting date had been delayed until Friday 7 February because some of the Arthritis Australia staff involved have been directly affected by the recent bushfires. The cost is $10.00 per session for attendees. Before starting the exercises you need to fill out two forms which can be downloaded here. Photos of some of the activities from the 1st session on 7th Feb 2020.

Exercises were suspended after 20 Mar 2020 due to Corona Virus assembly restrictions

Previously 11th Oct 2019 Exercise Classes – Tori finished her stint (3rd May – 11th Oct) with us as leader of the Exercise Group. The last class were held on Friday 11 Oct as Tori Montgomery-Martin from UC started a new job.  Tori ran these further exercise classes, similar to the ones provided in March 2016 by Jon Beale. Each session, cost $5. It continued every Friday before the Shed Meeting. The previous Excercises in a pdf file format from June 2016 – Tori has had an expression of interest from Arthritis ACT in regard to taking over the group class. Their physiologist Sophie Bullock could do the job although they would charge us $10 a session each. Pictures of Toris’ last exercise class. After Sophie’ talk on 6th Dec Roger has announced that we will consider starting Exercise Sessions with Arthritis ACT in Jan 2020 for $10 a person per session, later updated to 7th Feb start.

2021-02 26 At this Meeting Vice President Bob Greeney welcomed church visitors who had come to attend the CPR demonstration and particularly welcomed the newly arrived minister at North Belconnen Uniting Church, Rev Andrew Jago.

Shed Notices

Shed Etiquette – See here

13 Sep 2019 – Deposits on cans, bottles etc. Ted Kell proposed a scheme to assist Shed finances in June. It involves members bringing along used bottles & cans which are subject to the 10 cent deposit scheme (beer and soft drink containers, including things such as Yakult, but not wine bottles). They can be left in the blue basket in the store room and Ted will take them to the recycling centre and deposit the receipts into the Shed’s funds. So bring in any bottles, cans etc that have had a 10c deposit paid on them and Ted will take them in to the recycling centre. Alternatively, you can take them into the container return centre yourself. To have the refunds paid into the Shed’s accounts they should be deposited using Ted’s mobile number, which is linked to the Shed’s bank account (0438 481 350).

12th April 2019 – Amy Nussio who presented at the Shed on 22 March 2019 on ‘Driving in Later Life’ has asked that Members be reminded about the research opportunity ‘Living with Dementia and Driving Study’ details of which are on Page 3 of Newsletter #471 of 26th April. If you are interested, Amy will be happy to meet personally with any Member wanting in finding out more about this opportunity. Contact her on 0457 779 766 on any Mon or Tue and on alt Weds.

1 Mar 2019 – Shed DVDs – A couple of hundred DVDs are in the Shed’s DVD library in the store room (thanks to David Ruthven). You can borrow any DVD but please remember to return it once you have watched it. Also, anyone who has DVDs they no longer want could add them to the library.

17th Sep 2018 – Accessing and Using NSW SIX Maps and Other Options

Brian Wells still collects second hand glasses. He is also from Sep 2019 collecting Hearing Aids (ie spectacles) & cases from members who no longer can use theirs  as well as out of date medications and passes them onto less advantaged countries. he does this by taking the items to Sister Kim at the Bonner location of the Congregation of Mary Queen of Peace where they are sent to those in need in Vietnam. See under Shed Activities > TAB >Activities 2021-2015 > then heading 

24th Aug 2018 – David Ruthven has a 10’ by 5’ trailer, which he is willing to loan to anyone who needs something bigger than the standard trailer to move furniture etc. Contact David is 0487 222 585

Viewing Shed Google Photos Albums – The Pictures TAB at the top of the web site will take you to an archive site for Picasa which will still show any albums uploaded from Picasa desktop in some strange order. Click on this for more info on Using & Managing Google Photos

Living Items for Shed Members (ie Pension Issues, Passes, Discounts, Health, etc)

Council on the Ageing (COTA) for information on getting Seniors discounts, Seniors cards, etc

ACT Seniors Card

ACT Seniors Card Discount Directory

Latest Issue of SCOOP

Feb 2020 – Living with Dementia and Driving – Uni QLD

25th Sep 2019 – Upgrading a Laptop with an SSD Drive

8th Mar 2019 –  Free Movie Tickets for DVA Gold Card Holders. Adrian Shee advised us that Dendy Canberra gave him a free movie pass as he had a Gold Card. An internet search found that Hoyts, Dendy & Greater Union all offer DVA Gold Card holders one free pass per day, conditions apply. Hoyts excludes after 6PM or School or Public Holidays

6th Dec 2018 – Dog Walks in Canberra – Do you own a dog and are looking for great dog-walking track guides for our city? Why not click on the this link, where the site contain terrific information and maps about numerous walks around Canberra that are suitable for dogs. It also provides great links and information about all major issues relating to owning dogs in Canberra e.g. dog accommodation, training, welfare etc. This link was the basis of the recent walk around Yarralumla 

30th Jun 2017 – Securing Your IDs – One member advised us to look at securing our IDs & bank accounts. People can also get a free credit check one a year and also check with ID Care to secure their own ID data. Tel 1300 432 273. Also info from The Office of the Aust Info Commissioner 

Useful Links for Members