After many months, the container-in-waiting has been uplifted from its home around the corner and delivered to The Shed. All of this effort and expense is down to Nigel Clements and his CBC Metal Fabrications Company.
Nigel’s support of the Shed and our active involvement in the Community has been nothing short of fantastic. On behalf of all Shedders, I thank him again, and again.
We would also like to thank ARNCranes, who did the heavy lifting, leaving Chris’ driveway pristine as requested, and put that baby down in our yard, perfectly. That’s the only way to describe it, gently and surely and placed within mm’s of our markings. Thanks ARNCranes!
I have to thank Allan and Dennis for doing a great job clearing the site, surveying the levels and making sure it was going to be the perfect fit for WCMS, which it undoubtedly is.
And finally thanks to Chris, son of John, and John himself for organising for us to acquire this almost new container at a bargain basement price.
The ACT Government gave us a great wrap on their facebook page. Its fantastic to see the reach WCMS extending out into the community, which shows that we are having an impact.
The Men’s Shed is an important community development organisation, and a powerful tool in addressing and supporting men’s health and wellbeing.
At a Men’s Shed you’ll find a busy and welcoming environment where members can work on meaningful projects, participate in community events, and sit, talk, and share in an atmosphere of mateship.
By providing a comfortable and safe space, the Men’s Shed hopes to prevent health issues that may come from isolation, while also working towards reducing the reluctance many feel to talk about emotions or to reach out for help.
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A quite unexpected but very welcome addition to the WCMS facilities was made over the last few weeks by the ACT Government Property Group.
Having made a prior inspection of the premises, they could see that we had an urgent need to improve the facility prior to another predictably cold winter. This led them to secure funding and arrange the purchase and install of heating and cooling equipment.
The main meeting room facility now has an 8kw reverse cycle air conditioner installed and should be more than capable of both heating the main room in winter and cooing it down during the heat of summer.
The big metal box that we call the workshop received four massive strip heaters, which had to include an upgrade to the electrical system and the shed switchboard. They have already been put into use as the days get cooler and should be a huge bonus to those wishing to work in the shed over the winter months.
So, again, a huge Thank You to the ACT Government Property Group for this magnificent contribution to our wellbeing.
In the run-up to Easter, the Management of Cooleman Court invited us to run our stall over two days, outside Aldi.
The boys had been making cute little rabbits that held a chocolate egg each, and kept busy topping up their supply of picnic tables and owl money boxes for weeks beforehand, and so on the day, they had a great display of hand-made products to display and sell.
The pop-up stall went so well that there are no Bunnies left, not even one to take a photo of! Overall another very healthy contribution toward bolstering the funds of the WCMS was made and a huge big thank you must go to Allan Booth and his crew, they did a magnificent job.
Our first outing to Bunnings at Majura Park. Despite the wind and rain and distinct Autumn coolness, we had another good day raising much needed funds for the Shed. We were perhaps taken a bit by surprise as the demand was instant and lasted all day, right up until the last sizzling snag was dispatched right on four o’clock. We were prepared for the 500 that had been advised, but much to our delight, had to go to the shops and get more, the new bread turning up just in the nick of time.
Many many thanks to all members who came out and stood shoulder-to-shoulder knocking out snags, With or Without, as the call may have been from the counter. Good on all of us.
Well it took a bit longer than the first four containers, but #5 was finally sealed up and sent down to the good people at Quaama.
To celebrate its arrival they had a Grand Opening BBQ, catering for people from miles around, some from way down over the Victorian Border.
That’s how much reach our Community Service has, and when you consider that it cost WCMS nothing except a bit of time and effort, you have to appreciate just what the impact on these remote communities our involvement has.
We thought it such a good idea that we presented a case to widen the scope of the project to AMSA, but alas it has fallen on deaf ears.
Undaunted, Container for Good #6 is now on site and waiting to be filled up with quality metal and woodworking tools, garden tools, furniture, especially storage, and other useful items. We understand that the Quaama connection has funding for another two containers, a total of eight container’s worth of unwanted items that would probably have ended up in landfill that have instead ended up being recycled and reused by very grateful people.