Don’t forget the Christmas Luncheon at the workshop

                                     Wednesday the 6th of December at 1.00pm.

The party will be followed by a general committee meeting to close off the year and decide in when we will close and reopen over the Christmas break.

I have put aside some limited funds if people need assistance with bringing a plate etc.

Please BYO drinks.

On this occasion only, we will allow alcohol on the premises, as no equipment will be used on the day.

Please ensure you have a ride home if you are drinking alcohol.

Some members have already volunteered to do plates of food. Attached is the list so far. If you can contribute, it would be appreciated.

We were told that the building would be painted this week. Perhaps next week we may have better luck.

I have received the acquittal forms from the Australian Men’s Shed Association for round 14 shed improvement grants. We have already completed half of the funds allotment in buying and installing the hot water system. Still to spend of these funds is $1699 for the building paint job.

We have delayed the demolition of the mezzanine until after the Christmas party. On order are 6 sleepers and 20 star pickets for the foundations of the new storage shed which we have already received. Once the foundations are down we can erect the storage shed.

While clearing out the mezzanine we discovered a long blackboard which would have been from the original Dover School building.

John Tapp cleaned and patched it up beautifully. I offered the blackboard to the Dover District School and they were happy to receive it. John and I installed it on Friday on an external wall under an awning.

On Wednesday evening John and I attended the Huon Valley Council’s Community Grants presentation. We received $500 from these funds for steel and MDF for shelving in our new storage shed mentioned earlier.

Mary, Lorraine and Dezi have been selling raffle tickets down at Southgate. All the ladies have assisted in bringing together all the prizes ready for the raffle. Ticket sales have been quite good so these funds will go a long way to keeping our bank balance in the black. We will sail pretty close to the wind as far as funds are concerned but hopefully we can sell some more toys nearer to Christmas and get paying commissions as well.

I have been emailing shed members in Dover England and they are happy to keep a dialogue going. I have included them in our newsletter list and they will do likewise when they get the chance.

John tells me that Kim Power a Dover resident has some blackwood she would like to donate to the DCW. John will advise when and where it can be picked up.

Kim also has a near new cement mixer for sale. If you are interested, call John Tapp who can relay your interest. I will volunteer to take photos and list it on Gumtree for Kim if she likes as a thank you for the blackwood.

Ken has finally finished Meryl’s blanket box. Struggling with warped and misaligned boards saw this job become as big as Ben Hurr. Ken’s efforts have shown in the high standard of the finished item. Great work Ken.

That’s all folks, Stay safe and well.

Regards Ron Wells.