About us here at Men’s Shed Elermore Vale, we started out as an initiative proposed by Lester Mostyn ( Community centre manager ) and approved by the board members of the Sth Wallsend Development Group in early February of 2011, with a Saturday open barbecue, after a short informative meeting approx 30 men signed up, at our first meeting in March a steering committee was formed and we continue to hold these informative 1st Wednesday of each month meetings.
Lester has been the driving force to organise the funding for the shed, the Newcastle Council kindly donated the concrete slab and formed up by our members, the shed was then erected followed by our guys fitting it out with work benches etc. The South Wallsend & Neighbourhood Development Group kindly donated a large quantity of new tools and electrical saws etc purchased from Toolies in Sandgate followed by a wonderful donation in excess of $1200 from the Port Waratah Coal Services for us to buy new tools ( again from Toolies ) our thanks to Mark and Brett whom initiated the funding from their employer PWCS we are very grateful for these and other donations.
With all of our new tools and a great shed, we were actively seeking and receiving many and varied community projects ( weeding gardens, cleaning out sheds etc ) for which we receive some donations ( on one community weeding job we were offered a roadworthy trailer which we gratefully accepted and Dave Corbett carried out an inspection and repairs to make it user-friendly ) for the running of our shed, plus importantly continuing to recruit more members by way of media coverage and notices in shopping centres, word of mouth etc.
We planned an official opening for the 17th September 2011, where we were able to showcase our achievements by way of a Saturday morning barbecue ( Kindly donated by Michael Redpath from our local Elermore Vale Pharmacy and other shops from the Centre ) with plenty of media coverage and a ribbon cutting by our local Government member Sonia Hornery, others in attendance were members of the Development Group and the Community Centre, shed members and their families and friends, the day was a total success with additional signings as a result plus further exposure to what our shed is all about.
At this stage we were outgrowing our shed with Lester again initiating further funding for the purchase and development of a bigger shed next to our first shed and to encompass a larger garden area to complement the existing ones, he was successful with the grant and plans were put in motion as to where the shed and gardens were going. This was completed and immediately after Christmas footings etc were put in place for the shed slab and the formation of the new garden beds were started all with the guidance of Lester and the members.
Wet weather slowed proceedings, but the shed slab was poured and the new shed was erected late February, the men are now in the process of fitting out the new shed with donated storage racks and work benches, power was provided for the both sheds, in the meantime we continued to secure and accomplish many community projects and keep our members actively employed with the tasks both outside and inside the shed, with our guys helping Lester build the many garden beds and the paving of the area.
At one of our regular meetings it was proposed that we look for someone to donate / supply shirts for our members mainly for when we are doing community projects for the Men’s shed, again Michael Redpath came to the party sponsoring and donating $500 towards our shirts so we now look very stylish in our new shirts.
We are busy looking for new community projects to do and new members are always welcome. We meet on the 1st Wednesday of the month at 7.00pm. Our shed at Men’s Shed Elermore Vale is open Monday to Friday 9.00am to 4.00pm and visitors are welcome. Rear 129 Croudace Road Elermore Vale.
Our ongoing community projects, are many and very varied, we do support for certain school projects, we are about to get involved in a seniors mentoring programme. Our shed is still in the evolving stage and are seeking both community and corporate sponsors to help us with all our projects, by way of financial support this is all about us.
We have a very close business relationship with the Elermore Vale Community Centre, a special mention must go to the hard working girls in the office whom look after us, and make our job so much easier with help in looking after all of our necessary paper work etc plus the kitchen staff providing cakes and nibbles for our morning teas, and they are supportive towards our goals, In turn we are there for them, helping to support the Community Centre, and being there for them when needed for their community activities, also a special mention must go to the South Wallsend Development Group, for their initial and continued support to our shed, this is about us.
About Us Our Committee Members
About Us New Treasure
Gordon Steel was elected as our Treasurer at last nights meeting. Gordon brings with him many years of skills as being Treasurer for another group for many years, so he is well versed as being in this role. Hopefully a photo to follow soon.
When it comes to about us, we are a group of retired men who do things for our community down at Elermore Vale Men’s Shed, look through our pages and posts, and learn more about us. Here is a copy of our constitution. We continue to get support from the local newspapers ( Newcastle Herald & Newcastle Star) and Greg Combet’s office is always supportive of our Men’s Shed. Our ongoing commitment to our local community is growing rapidly and Newcastle Council is noted for giving us the land our shed stands on.
Hours Of Operation
Here are the hours we are open:-
Monday to Friday
9.00 am – 1.00 pm
Most of the blokes are there in the morning and taper off in the afternoon. New members are always welcome. You can find us listed in the Open Source Directory.
You can find us on Google+