Garden benches restoration

Shed members recently completed the full restoration of two iron and timber garden benches. The metal brackets were stripped back to bare metal and given new coast of paint. The timber slats were replaced with new outdoor-grade slats and the benches now look very stylish.

Both benches should now provide years of support in the lucky owners garden.

Shed Re-opening

The Entrance Men’s Shed is re-opening from Wednesday June 17th 2020, operating under Central Coast Council’s COVID protocols, i.e. 4 square meters per person.

This means there will be limited numbers permitted at the shed at any time and we’ll be operating a roster system for attendance. Please get in touch with Bob Ihlein to ensure your name is on a roster if you’re planning to attend.

Bears of Hope Garden Statue

Prior to our COVID shutdown on the 23rf of March 2020, shed member Bruce Crouch had been working on an supportive cement-rendered statue for the ladies managing the “Bears of Hope” garden at the Entrance Community Centre.

During the shutdown Bruce completed the statue and installed it into the gardens, where it complements the other fixtures of the garden.

Restored reel for Towoon Bay SLSC

In March 2020 The Entrance Men’s Shed was approached by Towoon Bay SLSC to restore their vintage surf life saving reel (an Australian innovation in surf life saving used at beaches all around the country for many years).

Shed members worked together to carefully restore the reel to it’s original condition, allowing it to resume pride of place at the surf club.

Cabinets for Virginia

The Entrance Men’s Shed was approached by community member Virginia to create a set of wooden cabinets. Design and construction of the cabinets had started when our COVID shutdown began.

Undeterred, shed member Ken took the cabinets home and completed them there during the shed shutdown. We’re pleased to report Virginia collected the cabinets and is delighted with them. Thanks Ken!

Recent projects (March 2020)

In early 2020 Shed members worked on a variety of personal projects and projects for the local community, including wood turning and precision model making.

Recent projects (late 2019)

Throughout late 2019 shed members undertook a number of community and personal projects. Here’s a selection of these being completed or installed.

10th birthday celebrations

On the 27th of November 2009, the then Mayor of Wyong Shire, Cr Bob Graham officially opened The Entrance Men’s Shed. Ten years later the shed invited Bob back to help us celebrate our birthday and this important milestone for the shed.

Bob was presented with a hand-turned wooden bowl created at the shed and all present enjoyed nibbles provided by the Friendship Cafe at The Entrance Community Center.

2019 Annual General Meeting

The Entrance Men’s Shed held its 2019 Annual General Meeting on the 5th of July 2019. All financial members were invited to attend, and a sausage sizzle was held afterwards to celebrate the new committee members.

The new shed Committee officeholders are: President – Bruce Crouch, Vice President – Ken Yeatman, Secretary – Terry Anderson, Treasurer – Bob Ihlein. Other committee members are Alan Brown, Rob Eschbank, Keith Smith and Richard Threlfo.

Raised garden beds for community centres

Shed members recently designed and constructed a collection of timber, raised garden beds for local community centres at Toukley, Wyong and Watanobbi.

Suicide prevention boxes

Shed members recently constructed a set of suicide prevention boxes for Homeless No More. We make boxes in batches of ten or so and each set is lovingly constructed in different materials and style.

The boxes are filled by Elissa and her colleagues at Homeless No More with items that are intended to support someone in distress.