18 December 2009

Christmas BBQ

Quite a crowd at the shed for The Entrance Men's Shed Christmas BBQ. Lots of familiar faces and well attended by partners, children and grandkids.

Even the rain couldn't keep shedders away and the banquet table was overflowing with food. The kids enjoyed the lolly bags and iceblocks. Adults were all keen to win one of those donated prizes that Pelican Pete was raffling off toward the end of festivities.

A good way to end out the year !!!

A Safe & Merry Chistmas to all shedders !!

See you all back at the shed Monday 11th January 2010.

11 December 2009

extraordinary chopping boad

Michael was keen to make chopping board for his mum. He enlisted the assistance of Bob and together they have cut & dressed the timber, glued & clamped the components and turned the edge and polised the final product on the lathe.


TEMS committee

Following the The Entrance Men's Shed Inc committee meeting at 9 am on 11 December 2009 the current committee is as below...

Robert Ihlein President
Robin Eschbank V.President
Geoff Dunn Treasurer
Allan Kember Secretary
Michael Matus Committee
Peter Collins Committee
Peter Whitehead Committee

10 December 2009

Christmas BBQ

Members & friends of The Entrance Men's Shed

you are invited to

The Entrance Mens Shed

Christmas BBQ

12 Noon

Friday, 18 December 2008

Sausages and cold drinks provided.

RSVP to Kim Hopkins by email or phone to 0414 855 943

07 December 2009

Australian Hearing

Australian Hearing dropped in today to test the hearing on five of the men in The Entrance Men's Shed. A couple of our chaps were referred on to their testing centre in The Entrance.

Keep wearing those earmuffs guys we dont want more damage to the ears in later years.

Howard undergoes testing at the shed.

If you missed out let the coordinator know and another testing day will be arranged for 2010.

30 November 2009


Cr Bob Graham, Mayor of Wyong Shire unveils the plaque commemmorating the Official Opening of The Entrance Men's Shed.

Many thanks to -

  • Bob Ihlein for preparing the plinth for the plaque.
  • Chris for mounting it to the shed wall.
  • Peter Whitehead for constructing the veil curtain.
  • ATB Trophies for timely delivery of the plaque.
a team effort guys!!

Plaque by ATB Trophies
95 A Bateau Bay Road
Bateau Bay 2261
ph 4334 4216

27 November 2009

Official Opening album

An album of photos from The Entrance Men's Shed official opening is available from Peter Trebeck.

Here Mort Shearer, President of the Australian Men's Shed Association (AMSA) addressed the gathering at The Entrance Men's Shed both in his capacity of President of the Hastings Mens Shed and the President of AMSA.

Wyong Shire Council Mayor Bob Graham talks with The Entrance Men's Shed president Kevin Armstrong ..

Click here for additional photos


The Entrance Men's Shed
wishes to thank
its many sponsors

Preparing The Shed

The Shed was a buzz of activity this morning, preparing for the Official Opening of The Entrance Men's Shed.

Rob set about cleaning the windows while members assembled sandwiches on the large bench. A task made easier by the hard work that Jo had put in the day before shopping and preparing the components for the light lunch of sandwiches, fruit platters and cakes. Thanks for the support Jo.!!

Opening Displays

The displays added colour and interest to the Official Opening day. Dave Betts kayak is an eyecatching item that draws peoples attention the issue of "Nailing Depression".

Similarly, the "Mobile Men's Shed" catches the eye to promote the many Men's Sheds and their role in facilitating a meeting place for men to share company, stories, mutual support and often a laugh that keeps us smiling.

Shed History

A History of The Entrance Men's Shed

speech presented by President Kevin Armstrong at the Official Opening of The Entrance Mens Shed

The idea of a Men’s Shed at The Entrance was probably first formally expressed at a public meeting called by WSC at the primary school across the road. Boyd McMillan chaired that meeting, the aim of which was to gain community ideas for a possible Community Centre on the site of the former Infants School – where we are today.

Several other influences pre-dated that meeting –

Apex Geoff Dunn, Allan Kember, the late Lynn Sawyer and myself had been members of the Apex Club of The Entrance for many years. During one of our ‘working bees’, we had in fact built Koppers log playground equipment in this playground. Mateship and concern for our community underpinned that Committee and continues to this day.

Community At one stage, the State government planned to sell this site for medium density housing. This caused strong community outrage, led by WATCH (Wyong Action to Curb Highrise) and the Community Environment Network - CEN. Members of WATCH here today include Tom and Elizabeth Lyons, Helene and Keith Ford and Jim Price – we are grateful that their actions some years ago helped keep this site available for community purposes.

The Community Centre we enjoy today is s tribute to the community activism of WATCH and CEN – the former opposing high rise in The Entrance, the latter wishing to preserve the rainforest area on the lower section of this site.

The outcome from many protests, letters and negotiations over several years was that Wyong Shire Council negotiated acquisition of the top 1/3 of this site as a Community Centre, the State government retained the middle 1/3 to be sold for 3 storey housing and the bottom 1/3 of this site remains as rainforest and part of the Steeping Stones wildlife corridor connecting South Wyrrabalong National Park (Forresters Beach) to North Wyrrabalong National Park at North Entrance.

All those mentioned … Apex, WATCH, CEN and WSC can be justly proud of what has been created on this site. A special thanks to former councillor Robyn Stewart.

Steering Committee

In February 2007, a Steering Committee was formed – former Apexians Geoff Dunn, Allan Kember, the late Lynn Sawyer and myself were joined by Colin Kennedy and John Sharples, also by Bruce Evans and David Casey .. then, somewhat later, by Kim Hopkins, our current Shed Co-Ordinator.

We researched existing sheds .. online and by site visits, gathering knowledge of what worked and what didn’t. We talked with Ruth van Herk from Uniting Care Ageing – sponsors at that stage of about 15 sheds.

We worked out likely tasks – woodworking, metalwork – and what equipment we might buy – prioritised into 3 lists, depending on availability of money … we prepared an operational budget and we drew plans and layouts … all in anticipation.

Key milestones

  • Incorporation 22 June 2007
  • opened bank account ANZ
  • Volunteer Small Equipment Grant 23 August 2007
  • CDSE grant – diggers@theentrance
  • WSC community improvement grant
  • In November 2007, 4 of us attended the 2nd Australian Men’s Shed conference at Manly.
  • AAS grant $ 99,270 over 3 years 29 August 08
  • moved into Shed 14 May 09

Council engaged architects to develop plans for Stage 2 of the Community Centre. We negotiated around the size of the proposed building and various additions … soundproofing so we didn’t become noisy nuisances to proposed adjoining housing, a toilet (older blokes don’t run very fast), an awning, a barbecue and a mezzanine floor. Council were good sports … and we won most of what we wanted – except the mezzanine floor.


Today we have a Men’s Shed … often thought of as the building, or the equipment or what is made or repaired …. but that’s really the 1/3 of the iceberg that shows …

a Men’s Shed is really about the hidden 2/3 of the iceberg … the MEN … blokes doing things together … whether that’s making or repairing something for themselves … or the community

a Men’s Shed is about mates .. sharing a cuppa …

or maybe a joke

… blokes doing blokes stuff if u like to put it that way …

Men’s Sheds have positive health benefits for individuals … alleviating loneliness and isolation and reducing depression …

Men’s Sheds also have social benefits … enhancing self esteem and creating cohesive communities.

In closing, I again thank members of the Steering Committee for their interest, support and commitment over what was an extended period whilst the Shed was being built.

It is also appropriate that I ask thank Mayor Graham to thank Wyong Shire Council for its strong support of The Entrance Men’s Shed .. both in constructing this purpose-built facility and allowing its use on very generous terms. We look forward to that support continuing into the future ….

Kevin Armstrong

23 November 2009

machine frenzy

The last operational Shed day before the Official Opening next friday and it was all hands on deck to ensure that the new machines are assembled.

Bob was assembed the new planer Peter was hampered by a fractured arm and Allan was tidying up the Triton table.

Howard and Rob were hard at it, assembling the thicknesser.

Chris, Kevin & Allan were sorting out the components for each machine, fortunately not too many of the inevitable pieces left over .....

12 November 2009

Opening the Shed


takes great pleasure in inviting
you to celebrate the




When: 27th November

Where: The Entrance Men’s Shed
Corner of Oakland Avenue & Battley Avenue, The Entrance
(in the grounds of The Entrance Community Centre)

Time: 12 noon

Official Opening 12.30 pm : Mr Bob Graham – Mayor of Wyong

Men’s Sheds are fast being recognised as vital, viable places to provide relaxed, happy creative spaces for men to meet. The project has been developed to promote the health and well being of men in the community and provide a place for men to meet each other, to network and to make friends. Communities are keen to provide activity, identity and meaning for mature
aged men.

Please RSVP by 20th November to Kim Hopkins
temensshed@yahoo.com.au or by phone 0414 855 943

Please inform if you have any disability or dietary requirements.

Sponsors: include

Wyong Shire Council
Mingara Recreation Club
Dave Betts - Nailing Depression
Wyong Shire CDSE Committee

The Entrance Men’s Shed project was funded through the
NSW Government Area Assistance Scheme.

08 November 2009

Betts at The Entrance

The Shedders from all over the Central Coast were at the pelican feeding area at The Entrance to welcome Dave Betts at the end of his long paddle down from Port Macquarie.

Dave and his Kayak team with some of the welcoming crowd.

The Entrance Mens Shed were there in force to give Dave a cheer and a clap when he arrived.

Bateau Bay and Gosford shedders were also supporting Dave who has been generous to the sheds on the Central Coast in his endeavours to fight depression.

Dave Betts speaking with TEMS shedders.

30 October 2009

samaritans projects

Heres a gallery of artworks put together the guys from the Samaritans group that attends The Entrance Men's Shed on fridays. They are drying out by the fence in front of The Shed

These guys assemble wine racks, prepare place mats with photos and pictures and the application of stains and finishes.

Peter, Allan, Billy, Fred & Trent all assure me that they thoroughly enjoy coming to The Shed!!

19 October 2009

Let's Nail Depression

A Kayak Journey from Port Macquarie to The Entrance raising funds for the Men's Shed.

In October this year, Dave Betts is undertaking a kayak paddle from Port Macquarie to The Entrance in his kayak aptly called ‘The Hammer’, to raise money for the tremendous Men’s Shed concepts in Port Macquarie and at The Entrance. A journey of over 300km, Dave is aiming to raise in excess of $50,000 for the Shed’s at The Entrance and Port Macquarie.

Depression is often silent, it impairs the way a person would normally function, including being able to communicate their feelings openly. Depression stops people from doing the things they normally would. The longer it lasts, the deeper into depression they go and the more silent and lonely their world becomes.....

This is why, quite often, the way out of depression is in doing anything that gives you a sense of purpose. Mingara’s Construction Manager, Dave Betts, understands entirely because he’s been there. While it’s an ongoing, perhaps, never ending process, Dave is now finding ways to help others battling the silence and through his own journey, Dave has found a love of kayaking, with exercise a key in helping people manage anxiety, depression and mental health in general.

To sponsor or donate, please call:
Dave Betts - 0404 820 676

10 September 2009

TEMS thanks WSC

Kevin Armstrong, President of The Entrance Men's Shed Inc thanks Mayor Bob Graham and Wyong Shire Council for the donation and construction of the Mens Shed.

The Opening of The Entrance Community Centre took place on a glorious spring day. With many there to see the new facility provided by Wyong Shire Council for the community, the day was a great success. A credit to the organisers.

09 September 2009

Mobile Shed returns

Swansea Men's Shed were reluctant to return the Mobile Men's Shed. The Swansea team had used it a number of weekened events and taken it to the local shopping centre to generate interest in their Mens Shed Project.

The Mobile Shed generate a great deal of interest wherever it was displayed. The Swansea Shed attracted an additional 8 members with the assistance of the trailer.

Noel assisting with the return of the Mobile Shed
to The Entrance Mens Shed.

07 September 2009

Extractor no2

Allan and Rob assembling the new dust extractor. With increased work in the shed the new extractor will be much welcomed for the linishing machine and table saw.

05 August 2009

Certificate of Membership

The Australian Men's Shed Assocation have issued The Entrance Men's Shed a Certificate of Membership

The framed certificatenow hangs on the southern wall of the
shed in the meeting area of the shed.

01 August 2009

Lets Nail Depression

from Mingara Life Aug/Sep 2009

The article says it all.
Lets get behind Dave Betts for this exciting promotion.

31 July 2009

Turning Timber

There is now a whole collection of turning timber racked up and ready for action on the lathe.

A local donation that is much appreciated by the woodturners in the shed!!

30 July 2009

Annual General Meeting

It’s Annual General Meeting time and to have a strong community organisation we need a strong membership. If you are interested in helping men in The Entrance area then this is the group to join, The Entrance Men's Shed Inc.

It’s the end of our financial year [30 June] for The Entrance Men's Shed Inc (TEMS). Accordin
gly the TEMS AGM will be taking place at The Entrance Men's Shed, Battley Avenue, on Friday 21st August 2009 at 12 noon.

Go to the links on this page to get the official notice (above), agenda, and membership/committee nomination forms…………..

AGM Agenda

Committee Nomination

Appointment of a Proxy

29 July 2009

Bench Vice

Peter, Geoff, Bob and Michael installing a new vice on the front bench. . . always something new to do in the shed.


Mingara Recreation Club have also donated two noticeboards for The Shed. Here is the installation of the board on the northern wall.

No sooner was the board up than it has photos and notices posted for all to see. . .

don't forget to read the OH&S policy...
and there is more to come!!

Thanks to Dave Betts who not only arranged the donation but loaded up the ute and delivered it as well!!!

27 July 2009

Michael's Spanner Rack

Michael hard at work making up a new rack to hang up all those loose spanners that come in from many donations in all shapes and sizes.

Fixing the screws

By racking them up Michael has made it easier to find the right size spanner without going through the whole set jumbled up in a box.

Well done Michael .. saved us all many hours of frustration ... with all those screws!!

There are plenty of other tools to hang on the walls and trolleys ... you might have a full time project now Michael.

Hanging the rack

22 July 2009

kids in need

Making up some new Donation Boxes for Kids In Need.

Rhonda wants them knocked together for the a shoe store chain that has offered to put them in each of their service counters.

Raising $!50,000 for cancer kids last year, this an important project for the Central Coast Community.

21 July 2009

travelling trailer

The Mobile Mens Shed is headed north to the Hunter.

Bill Geary and Noel Matthews came on down to tow the trailer up north for an opportunity to promote the shed on 25 July in Swansea.

Keep an eye out for the trailer as it travels between events in the region.

Sponsorships & Donations

Primary Sponsors
Ongoing Sponsors
  • The Entrance Bowling Club
  • Open Shutters Pty Ltd
  • Bunnings
  • Berkeley Vale Steel
  • Kevin Armstrong
  • Geoff Dunn
  • Robert Ihein
  • Express Timber Solutions
  • Retravision
  • Woolworths
  • Mrs J Mulkachey

The Entrance Mens Shed Inc thanks all those that have contributed with funds, time or donations of equipment materials and services.