DCW Newsletter August 2018


My apologies for the long period between newsletters.

Ill Health, doctor’s appointments and grant commitments have taken up a lot of my time.

The good news is I’m on the mend and we have been successful with our grant application to the Tasmanian Community Fund (TCF). We requested financial assistance with the renovation of our Arts & Crafts area.

The value of the grant is $3095.10. These funds are for 10 office type chairs to replace the dangerous plastic ones.

Two Toilet Suites, a hand Basin for the ladies loo and mixer taps x 3. Further there is many items of craft equipment which includes magnifying lamps, cutting boards and desk lamps to mention a few. These funds will be available sometime next week.

Our woodworking members have converted a dining table into a breakfast bar and also made a pin board notice board for the RSL.

Our Thursday coordinator Rob Morgan (Morgs) is on the main land for a few weeks. John Tapp and myself will fill this role until he returns.

We held our AGM last week and our steering committee is as follows.

John Tapp …. President

Morgs ………Vice President / Coordinator

Dezi…………..Vice President/ Coordinator

Ron Wells …….Secretary/ Treasurer/ Public Officer

We have incorporated the two coordinator position into the Vice President roles.

I have approached the members to donate $100 to the NSW Drought Fund. The Tasmanian Men’s Shed Association is donating $1000 and has asked all Tassie sheds to help where they can.

I have completed a grant application to the Huon Valley Councils Community Help Program. I have requested funds for battery drills to replace and supplement the old ones and some more much needed clamps of varying type.

Our recent bad weather has seen a drop in attendance. Now that the sun has come out we are back to normal participation.

We are having a tutorial in pottery Wednesday the 29th with Andrew Halford at 10am. I strongly recommend attending this tutorial if you have any interest in pottery or ceramics.

Our founding member Harry Savage is well and in the care of Franklin Aged Care. Ann, Mary and I visited him and we all had a sing a long. We departed when Harry was called to lunch.

I have asked the woodworking members to start making wooden toys for sale between now and Christmas.

I hope to organise a stall in Southgate Shopping Centre closer to Christmas to boost our operating funds.

Our Arts and Crafts have started making sailable items as well.

I attended the Wednesday Group today and it was a hoot. We had Geoff Marsh from the TMSA come to visit and he really enjoyed the visit with our ladies.

Regards Ron Wells.


Newsletter March 2018

The Dover Community Workshop.

Renovations are well under way in the Arts and Crafts area. I have in place a grant application with the Tasmanian Community Fund for new toilets a hand basin and mixer taps for these areas. Further items in this application are 10 office chairs to replace the dangerous plastic ones and a list of craft items and equipment to fill areas lacking in our equipment.

The new timber shed is finished and loaded with our timber stocks. A general tidy up of the hot works area has been done and items noted for this area. Basically an upgrade of shelving is required in this area.

The recent State elections showed the commitment of both general parties to support the Men’s Shed Movement in the State. Funding similar to the previous period has been promised.

Geoff Marsh, the State representative for these funds has advised us personally when he visited last week to start building our wish list early to be prepared in advance for when these funds become available.

Grant applications are becoming very competitive. They are becoming more detailed in their demands and more and more are becoming online applications only. Dezi and I will be attending a “Grant Application Course” at the Geeveston Community Centre on the 14th of March. This is done by the FRRR which is a potential grant fundee. I have submitted two applications to the FRRR over the past 7 years and failed on both occasions. Perhaps completing their course will give us a better chance of being successful with them and other sources of grant funds.

I have also developed a Plans and Projects System where our members can record their ideas and projects. These forms record the who, what, where and when of a project or idea. It keeps it on file and the full committee will review as necessary these items and approve, amend or reject them on merit.

This allows project leaders of given projects a timeline and funding availability for them to plan and proceed.

All ideas and proposed projects will remain on file and be reviewed each time the management committee meets. Some ideas or projects will be rejected by the committee and be dropped from the list. However the proposer of rejected ideas or projects will be advised in advance.

Not all ideas or projects will be successfully funded the first or second time around. If they are seen as beneficial to the workshop, then they can stay active and be reviewed for a minimum of three years, which is in line with the State funding period. Deferred and delayed projects will need to have fresh quotes put in place in anticipation of future funding opportunities by the proposer of the idea or project.

Reviewing ideas and project proposals periodically keeps them fresh in everyone’s mind. They keep members interested in what is happening around them and gives them ownership of their workshop.

Our workshop is there for the members. They must determine the best way forward for the DCW rather than leave it to the few.

As a financial member of the DCW your voice must be heard, so if you have an idea, a course or project you would like to see at the DCW, let me know or record your idea on the forms in the office.

Some suggested ideas are; tools and equipment, furniture, lighting, courses such as First Aid or other, photography, pottery, ceramics, painting, quilting, toy making, boat building, welding and other metalwork etc. All ideas will be considered so get yours recorded. Your idea might be something that others would like to do or try. It might be something that has not been considered by others but would be beneficial to the workshop.

I am pleased to advise that the number of male members is catching up to the ladies. We recorded 23 members in our application to the AMSA at the end of February. Four new members have joined since then.

We still have an identity crisis. We are THE DOVER COMMUNITY WORKSHOP not the Dover Men’s Shed.

We changed our name back in 2011 when we realized that we would have women members as well.

Further we do not have ladies or men’s days. We have different days set aside for different activities where all are welcome to participate as long as they have been thoroughly checked out on equipment they wish to use.

Our equipment is for all to use on a first come basis.

I will be reviewing our constitution over the coming months and suggesting some amendments in keeping with our new status of ownership of our building. These will relate to disposal of assets in the advent of dissolution. In simpler terms what happens to DCW assets and the building if the organization fails. Every member is an owner of these assets. The elected committee can do most things but must be guided by the majority of member wishes.

Ron Wells

Secretary 0488227346

Newsletter January 2018


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At our last meeting I proposed to offer La Chaloupe to a group who were using our boat for recreational and exercise on our wonderful water ways. It was agreed that if this group (now known as the Dover Rowers) could become a recognised group under the auspices of the Port Esperance Sailing Club we would gift them the boat, trailer and sails.

I received the attached letter from Matt Wardell Commodore of the Port Esperance Sailing Club confirming that the Dover Rowers were now under their auspices.

I will contact Tasmanian Services to see if there is a provision to gift items as part of a transfer of ownership without paying transfer fees etc.

Currently La Chaloupe is on my front lawn having her bottom prepared for the next year in a wet mooring.

The Dover Rowers intent to relaunch La Chaloupe next week. I will assist in this endeavour and officially hand over the boat and trailer then.

Although the lion’s share in La Chaloupes restoration was undertaken by myself and John Tapp, I am pleased to see that our hard work will not be wasted and this wonderful boat will be seen cruising Port Esperance with people who will maintain and continue using this wonderful boat.

Ron Wells (Secretary)

November Newsetter 2017

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.

October Newsletter

Newsletter 30 10 17 Of  the  Dover Community Workshop

Attendance as far as the woodworking side has been quiet. (Morgs) Rob Morgan returns to Tasmania Tuesday the 31st October. John has bowling commitments and Ken is still recovering from his injured leg.

The Ladies are ticking along quite well with arts and crafts.

I checked the bank balance today and can advise that the thousand dollars from both the Premier’s Office and Huon Financial Services have been received. The Storage Shed this money is for, costs around $1670. The balance can fund the sleeper foundations and the recycled decking from the mezzanine will make the flooring. I am hopeful that Huon Council will sponsor the cost of steel and shelving to be constructed by our members for the storage shed. All in all the project is now fully funded and can proceed when we have enough fit bodies to get started.

Progressively we will empty the mezzanine into the hot works extension.

Removal of internal walls and studs next, then the flooring. Once this is done the columns can be removed and sheeting attached to cover bare steel walls in keeping with the rest of the building. Some electrical work will be required, such as terminating lights and power points that are part of the mezzanine. These will be relocated when the wall sheeting has been completed.

We were supposed to have a management meeting in September but my forgetfulness and medical challenges saw this date come and go without action.

We should have at least one meeting before the end of the year to help plan future events and give direction on how we want the workshop to continue. I have set November 17 (Friday) as the next scheduled meeting at 6pm at the shed. If you have any ideas, concerns or comment please let me know in writing (so I don’t forget)at least one week prior to the meeting.

I have a renewal for “Our Community Matters” for $85. This organisation alerts us by email when certain funding is immanent based on parameters we have set.

At this point in time I have no ideas that need funding. I feel that unless members have a reasonable idea that needs funding over the next twelve months we can save this cost until we have a better understanding of a direction for the workshop.

The Dover District School has asked me to quote on modifications to their signage and the supply of a notice board for the Southgate Shopping Centre. I have had some feedback for these tasks and will follow through now that I don’t have immediate medical issues to contend with.

John Tapp has launched his boat and what a cracker it is. I’m looking forward to a spin on the bay when time permits..

The people who are rowing La Chaloupe on Thursdays have given me $92. They have been collecting these funds towards the maintenance and upkeep of la Chaloupe. These funds are well received.

La Chaloupe has been on a wet mooring for over twelve months now and has grown a weedy skirt. The rowers have asked to use the trailer to take it out and give it a clean. A time and date has yet to be determined for this.

Currently none of our members have any interest in La Chaloupe. The registration of the boat and the trailer are costs that we must bear. I am asking for an agreement from all the members to give the boat “La Chaloupe and its trailer to these people once that have formally established themselves through the Esperance Sailing Club.

The ongoing maintenance and cost of registration is a drain, particularly when there is no members’

interest in the boat. A group who wish to use it frequently would ensure that La Chaloupe is looked after and will be enjoyed by Dover Locals in general.

This week we have started accumulating prizes for this years’ raffle.

I have cleaned up some of the old blackwood and made a two seater veranda bench seat. This when finished coated will be 1st prize. A small coffee table also in blackwood is second prize and other goodies still being set up.

Tickets will be on sale from Mary or at the Southgate Shopping Centre on Thursdays and possible Tuesdays when confirmed for a dollar each.

I often struggle finding meaningful tasks for the guys on the woodworking days. Granted we get commissions every now and then that benefit the community. I would like to propose a group endeavour for the guys to build a small rowing skiff. On its completion we could raffle it off to cover cost of materials.

I have been researching stitch and glue techniques on building small boats from the internet. With John Tapps wealth of knowledge on boat building and some tutoring, we should all get involved in a project that will hold everyone’s attention for a couple of months at least. Something around 12 ft long will take up a lot of space but a project that all can get involved in will keep hands and minds active. Personal tasks can still be undertaken, but when a free moment is available the members can return to the construction of the boat at their pace.

Lorraine and Ann are now back on deck. Ann wants to get down and dirty with another clay project. It would be nice to see a resurgences in the pottery section again. Julia is still doing her thing with seascapes etc..

To finish with a positive,,, Aurora sent in the latest statement for the winter months. Even having the electric heat on most workdays and the new hot water system, we made a credit of $92 which means we are still in credit and should go further in credit over the warmer months to come.

Regards Ron Wells

Again if you no longer wish to receive these newsletters please let me know and I will remove you from the contacts list.

Winter Newsletter 2017

Renovations are proceeding as planned. Rob (Morgs) is currently killing what ever growth is under the lino in the ladies toilet in anticipation of tiling the whole floor.

A utilities cupboard will be constructed in place of the old shower for brooms and vacuum cleaners etc. A fresh coat of paint and it should look rather good.

Hot off the press.  I had a call from Anna Vincent from the Premiers’ Office today. John mentioned that he would like to come to the shed next Wednesday the 5th of July.

This has been confirmed now as an afternoon tea at 2pm if we can arrange it.

Will Hodgman, Jacquie Petrusma and Nick Street will be in the visiting party.

We can call it a late lunch because it is out side our normal hours.

Please Come To The Workshop Next Wednesday and stay longer for our visitors.

We can show off our acquisitions of power tools from round 5 of the Tasmanian Men’s Shed Assoc. Grants Program and round 14 of the Australian Men’s’ Shed Assoc. being for the hot water system and yet to happen the external painting of the building.

I think we should put on a decent spread for these important visitors, so I will consult with Ken (our new Treasurer) to get funds for groceries etc. With the weather being so cold perhaps a hot soup and rolls and other light refreshments such as sandwiches and cake would suit. I will leave this up to the ladies who always put on a great spread.

John Tapp, Morgs, Ken and myself visited the Port Cygnet shed extension opening on Tuesday. We are very envious of the extension with the great layout and excellent equipment they have acquired. On our drive home we discussed the potential of a container to store timber and other items as Port Cygnet have done. If we can get approval of Council to place a 20 foot container parallel to the new extension on the skate park side it would be mostly out of sight and allow us to remove the mezzanine to give the Arts and Crafts side of the workshop an uninterrupted floor space without columns. A 3.5 meter by 1.5 meter table would give the ladies a less than crowded space to do their individual things. Crowding around the little extension table is becoming difficult particularly with having to manoeuvre around columns that support the mezzanine.

Perhaps we can hint at these requirements to our visitors and we just might be surprised.

It was a pre election promise from Will Hodgman that got us the Solar Array and the Hot Works Extension.

We are very limited in space and our workshop membership is increasing. We need to better use the available space to its optimum.

I will email all I can with this Newsletter and phone those who don’t have computers.

We need as many bums on seats for this one so let me know if you are coming for catering purposes.

I’m sad to say the Carol Mackenzie is leaving Dover this week to go back to sunny Queensland. I’m sure we will all miss her and her wonderful art that she produces.

Regards Ron Wells

Tasmanian Men’s Shed Grants Program.

The Dover Community Workshop has been successful in round 5 of the Tasmanian Men’s Shed Grants Program.
We requested $4116.92 for tool replacement and upgrade. This consisted of new wood lathe, a double bag dust collector, two battery drills and assorted hand tools and clamps. These funds were supplied through the Community Sport and Recreation Department of the Tasmanian Government.
Our organisation is most pleased with the ongoing support of the Tasmanian Government.
Ron Wells,


June Newsletter 2017

I went to the bank today to check on the funding. I’m pleased to announce that all the funds are in our account.

I spent the whole day getting in touch with suppliers and such. I went to Bunnings yesterday with cash from our account to purchase the power tools content of the round 5 grant funds from the Tasmanian Men’s Shed Association. This was $773.00 and now we have reliable battery drills and other items as well.

The majority of these funds are for Carbatec who will supply the double bag dust collector, the lathe and other items previously noted. The storage shelves in this grant came to $448.71 which I paid for with my credit card. I will draw a cheque to reimburse myself directly. Need another signature.

I have requested that the plumber come to fit the hot water system Friday morning the 2nd of June at 9am. These funds and the building paint job are from round 14 of the Australian Men’s Shed Association being $1500 for the hot water and the balance for the paint job. I have informed the painter and he will start when weather and time permit.

All in all I will spend the monies as allocated. The acquittal process for both grants will need to be thorough and complete. We have to advertise the receipt of these funds as per the criteria. I will address this as goods and services are complete and adequate photos are available.

I am getting quotes for tiles and subsequent goods to lay them in the ladies toilet. I think that tiles will look much better and be more serviceable. Laying tiles is a skill unknown to us at this stage, so like all challenges, we will prevail. One quote is $200 all in, which to me seems quite reasonable. I will see what the second supplier can come up with first.

On the 26th of June (Monday) at 6pm we are having our AGM.

Nomination forms are on the table in the Craft Section.

I am requesting all members attend. We need to elect our steering committee and discuss how we are going to proceed into the new financial year. Ideally we should start a business plan, discuss how we will fund the items therein and who will do what and when. I am hoping that members will take a keener interest in how the workshop works, what it entails to keep the doors open, fresh ideas etc. These tasks are falling on the very few for the benefit of the many. If you would like to take a keener participation in the workings of the workshop, this meeting is your chance to put your hand up.

We can decide on projects, how to fund them, but the first and foremost action is to allocate a “Project Leader “

The project will have a budget and the project will be undertaken by the project leader within those gridlines. Not all plans go as they should so we need lateral thinkers who can decide options and accurately report blowouts to the committee who will advise further action or take advice from the Project Leader on how to overcome the problem.

Unless there is an obvious need I am holding off on grant applications as we have had the lion’s share of success recently. In fairness to other organisations we should hold off making requests.

Please, think on how “I can contribute to the workshop” and discuss this at the AGM.

Regards Ron Wells