Strathfield Mens Shed inc. Newsletter – July, 2020

With the news that the number of Covit 19 infections are rising again around the state The Shed is continuing to open with caution stopping entry till temperatures are checked.

Hand sanitizer is there but is not being used enough. Men appear to be lax in this regard, so don’t forget on entry and before leaving – sanitise. Maintaining distance is mostly being adhered to.

Please stay away from The Shed if you are feeling unwell or may have been in places where infections are known to have been spread.

Annual general meeting

With the Annual General Meeting coming up on Sat. 8th August, a plan is being devised for spacing chairs the correct distance apart to comply with NSW Health advice. Face masks are optional but are a safe option. For that day, the tea urn and supplies will be relocated to the barbecue area to give us more space to gather while keeping apart.

Mens health

How long is it since you had a health check? Men are renowned for overlooking regular check-ups. Don’t overlook your most important piece of preventative maintenance. Have a look at AMSA’s health promotion program ‘Spanner in the Works’.
Read more here at where you’ll also find a handy ‘symptom checker’ tool.

The Shed Wireless

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Mister Newsletter

Do you want to know more about mens’issues and have a great resource at your fingertips? Look at the latest issue of Mister Newsletter

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Men’s Shed Week is Monday 28 September to Sunday 4 October 2020. To celebrate, there will be a challenge for members on 30th Sept. This will be announced soon.

Street Library

Our Street Library is now erected next to our
entry path and has been attracting attention, both for its novelty look and for the books. Kindly decorated with an Australian flavour by Frank’s sister, Madeline. It is the answer to Councillor Karen Pensebene’s request for a street library for a new Early Learning Centre, Woodgreen, in Strathfield. A similar one for them is nearly ready for erection. Any decoration for it will be their own.

Little Free Libraries. Lidcombe Primary School has requested help for their research class to make some Little Free Libraries to put around the school for their students. During the coming term each will try designing and making a cardboard model then put together some made from plywood. A timely donation of suitable plywood offcuts from F.E.Mitchell has helped.

Hardware Donation

Canterbury Timber has moved to South Strathfield.
Some discontinued brands of zinc plated bolts and nuts were offered to The Shed. Ken and Chris went over there to look at them and found there were too many to take straight away. Last Saturday, they arrived by truck, some still in boxes, unopened and many in plastic Giantz Bins. Some of the racks for these bins have been underutilised in The Shed and now have been put to good use. Chris, Ken and Nick have cleared the space near the nail and screw shelves and put up a wall of racks. This has been a lot of extra work for them. Please thank them.

Timber Storage, In the corridor leading to the metalwork area there are shelves for long timber. Over time this had become unstable as short pieces were often put in there. Under Ken’s direction the whole lot was taken out and sorted. Now the rear part of shelving has shorter wood up to 2.5 metres while the front section is for longer pieces. Members are reminded to avoid putting short pieces in this shelving.

Coming up

The Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday 8th August.
Nominations for positions on the Committee will be accepted up to 4.00pm on Saturday 1st August.

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