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

Updated Grant Update

After my stuff up last week announcing the wrong items on round 5 grant from the Tasmanian Men’s Shed Association, I am pleased to announce that we have be partially successful with round 14 of the Australian Men’s Shed Association.

The funds for the hot water system and the building paint job have been approved and I have acknowledged this with the AMSA.

Items not funded were the 5 wall cupboards and the 5 kitchen type cupboards and the TV / DVD player.

I am calling a meeting of the members in the next week or so to discuss when the AGM should take place and to discuss the best use of funds in the bank.

We have still to repair / pay for the guttering and down pipes on the building. Funding from Bendigo to the value of $750 was received.

We recently received $1000 from Aurora for power generation from our solar array. We will soon receive $600 from Bendigo for sign placement.

It is nice to have a financial buffer in case something goes wrong. However it is pointless having funds in the bank if we have determined a need and need to fund it.

I am calling for agenda items for the next meeting. Please attend if you are a financial member. Visitors input is welcome but have no vote. I will advise the day and time in advance.

In summary; the DCW has been successful in Round 5 with the Tasmanian Men’s Shed Association to the value of $4116.92 ( funding made available by the State Liberal Sport and Recreation Dept) and successful in partial funding from the Australian Men’s Shed Association to the value of $3099.00.

I am very pleased with the outcome as competition for funding is quite active.

I am seeking guidance on how to proceed over the next 12 months financially.

We have had the lion’s share of funding and to be fair we should hold off seeking funding unless there is adequate need or demand.

Regards Ron Wells


Yet again

the Tasmanian Federal Government has supported the Tasmanian Men’s Shed movement.

I personally would like to thank the Premier Will Hodgman and his staff for their wonderful contribution to our shed.

Regards Ron Wells


Easter Update

La Chaloupe has been requested as the Start Finish boat in the Dover Easter Regatta.

It was blowing a gale on Friday as we were trying to position La Chaloupe . Luckily John Tapp and his boat Polly came to the rescue and towed La Chaloupe onto its allocated mooring. Well done to Morgs (Rob Morgan) and John Tapp for their efforts on the day.

1.Start and finish judges on La Chaloupe.

2.St Isles Skiffs returning to the beach after the Islands Race.

3. Changing of the judges by tender.

Hopefully we can contribute more at the next regatta.

A new member Kevin Miller is taking control of La Chaloupe from Sunday evening to use on the bay with a group of his friends.

Ron Wells

February News letter 2017-03-01

Sea Trials with La Chaloupe with sails was a reasonable success. We picked a quiet day to test the sailing capabilities of La Chaloupe. She was happy with a tail wind and skittish in any other direction. This we knew would be the case as she does not have a centre board or sailing keel. All was well during this activity and no leaks were noted.
Just in case, I fitted a bilge pump to La Chaloupe and in the end I’m glad of this. She started to take on water but not at an alarming rate.
We entered La Chaloupe in the wooden boat festival and sailed rowed and motored along with the fleet right up to Constitution Dock where she was supposed to sit for the week end.
I noted that the small leak had become more than tolerable and the bilge pump was frequently used to clear the inflow. We registered as a participant but I was not happy to see La Chaloupe sink at the mooring. I asked the crew who were still around to help me get her back to the Royal Yacht Club so we could get her out of the water and back on her trailer. By this time a southerly wind had picked up and our little 2hp motor struggle to get headway back to the RYC. We ran out of fuel about 400 meters short of our destination. Luckily we had turned towards the RYC and into sheltered water. The last 400 was rowing and this I’m glad to say got us back.
Mary’s brother came out from England to participate in the Wooden Boat Festival as one of our crew. He was supposed to be crewing at the Huon Regatta as well but repairs to La Chaloupe were too extensive to get it done in time.
La Chaloupe is now off her trailer and upside down on my lawn. I did the preparation work for fibre glassing and John Tapp did the fibre glassing. Hopefully we have done enough to stop these leaks from coming back in the future.
We can only surmise that the timber is shrinking and expanding abnormally causing cracks to open up. The cracks we have found were left to the sun to dry out and they opened even more. We filled these cracks with resin and covered them with fibre glass
I have purchased paint to restore it to its tricolour appearance and this will be done over the next few days weather permitting.
Im glad we restored La Chaloupe and gained her history and providence. However, there is little interest in using it as a viable boat for recreational use here in Dover. I have had a notice in the Southgate shops and have had no interest in using La Chaloupe.
I am now suggesting that once we have La Chaloupe sea worthy again we gift it to a sea Scout group for their use.
I don’t want to see more money spent on La Chaloupe if it is only used one week of the years if at all.
Your feed back on this issue as financial member is most welcome.
Our membership/ Insurance became due on the 28th of February. At that time only 19 members had paid their membership fees, so I registered these 19 and we paid $506 to the AMSA (Aust Men’s Shed Assoc.)
We have two outstanding Grant applications at this time. One with the AMSA and the other with the TMSA (Tas Men’s Shed Assoc.) They will fall due in the next few months.
I am reasonable optimistic about both grants
Last year we made wooden toys in kit form for kindi and year one kids at Dover School. They were a racing car and an aeroplane. I have been in contact with Tom the new Principal and he is keen for us to continue with like projects. I have almost completed 20 helicopters in kit form for this purpose. I will contact the school when they are ready.
Sue Hall the new Support Teacher has requested a whisper phone for the kids. This is a simple object made from PVC elbows and pipe so they can hear their own voices as they speak. I’m sure we can make a few from bits and pieces we have around as well.
My health is not what it could be and I am hoping for some surgery to get me more mobile. Unfortunately my days of heavy or even medium lifting are over. I will be scaling back this type of activity but will continue where I can.


Ron Wells

Newsletter January 2017

La Chaloupe has finally been trialled and although we had a few dramas she performed as we thought it would. We tried to sail windward but not having a centre board she crabbed along and did not perform. A following wind and she gets along quite well.
Sea trials in Esperance Bay helped us fine tune the workings.
We took La Chaloupe to Franklin as requested by Huon Valley Council and made her available to the public for short rides on the river. Our first trip saw us grounded on the Eastern bank and we had to be towed off by the service / rescue boat. My little 2hp Yamaha motor was used to motor against the wind and then we would sail back. Unfortunately the wind turned us away from our heading onto the logs on the shore line.
We sailed quite well windward and lowered the sails to return under 2hp power.
It was decided to remove the sails and allow the public to row La Chaloupe. Many Taiwanese people were keen to have a go and judging from the laughter they had a good time. My hat blew off into the water and our many attempts to retrieve it amused the riders.
All ages had a go and where appropriate, I let some of the younger ones steer La Chaloupe under power.
All in all we had a good day on the water. Rob Morgan as usual did most of the heavy lifting and his friend from the mainland lent a hand as well. Ken Tregoning met us on sight and also lent a hand.
We pulled out just before 2pm and headed home. Many thanks to Rob, his friend and Ken for their assistance on the day.
We have two grant applications current at the moment. I am reasonably confident we will get a good result.
We should know around May if we have been successful.
Just prior to Christmas the Far South Management sold us our building for one Dollar. Council has drawn up a lease agreement and we have just paid for our first year at $365.00 which is basically a dollar a day.
Included in the above grants are improvements to the building such as a hot water system, cupboards and an external professional paint job similar in colour to our new extension. As time goes by we will address other items that will help to maintain the building for our use and users well into the future.

Wooden Boat Festival

We managed to launch La Chaloupe from the boat ramp at the Royal Hobart Yacht Club around noon on Friday. We had noted a small leak previously so I fitted a bilge pump just in case. We rowed and sailed out to the mustering point off the point at the Casino. The fleet lead by the Governors’ boat sailed into the bay and we joined in as they passed. We were lucky to get in behind the Young Endeavour and we then made our way into Constitution Dock. We had to bring down the mast to get in or wait 45 minutes to have the bridge opened. We monitored the level of water in the bilge and it became a constant job to pump it out. We tied up in Constitution Dock and checked the bilge again. As the boat would need to be on site over two nights unattended we decided rather than have a sunk boat we would return to the RHYC and take La Chaloupe out of the water. It was most disappointing to have to do this and I have some concerns about the next event at Franklin next Friday.
The crew enjoyed the day. Rob Morgan (AKA admiral) did the lion’s share of launching and retrieval. Mat, Ken, Julia, Andy and Andrew plus myself made up the crew on the day.
Ron Wells

Dover Generosity

Dover Generosity Still Amazes.

As Coordinator of the Dover Community Workshop Inc. I am often amazed at the generosity of the people, organisations and businesses of Dover.

Today the 15th of December the Far South Community Association who run the on line centre, gifted the Old Fire Station to our organisation.

Nearly two years ago the offer was made and Huon Valley Council needed to adjust the lease agreement before the gift could be completed. With all the drama of council problems this situation was ultimately solved by the incoming Caretaker/ Manager Adrianna Taylor in her first week in office.

A subsequent lease has been signed and today the executive of the Far South Community Association Gail Chesham, President and David Hay, Secretary, finalised the gift of the building.

The building has always been privately owned, but sits on council land, hence the lease agreement with council.

Over the nearly six years we have been open, much has been donated to our organisation and as I am getting better at writing grant applications, we are progressing quite well.

Our organisation is a member of the Australian Men’s Shed Association and the Tasmanian Men’s Shed Association. We are modelled on a men’s shed, however, as we have nearly twice as many ladies as men, so we changed our name early on in the piece to better reflect our membership.

In general we have separate days of activity, but every activity is open to all as long as the member is checked out on equipment, there is no restriction on gender.

Our new Hot Works Extension highlights the drabness of the original building. I am currently submitting a grant application to the AMSA round 14 for items internal such as cabinets, a TV and a hot water system as well as a restorative external clean and spray paint in Cottage Green as per the new extension.
Very often someone will clean out their shed and donate timber they have stored but no longer have a use for. We recycle much of what is donated and turn it into re-sellable items to help keep our creditors happy. Without the generosity of the Dover people and businesses, our organisation would not have progressed to its current level.

Proud to be a Doverite

Ron Wells