2023 A Busy Year for the Shed

“The Hangar” 4 Hotham Road Sorrento continued as our “home base”, for the members to engage in passive activities. A new wide screen TV has been added along with projector and supporting accessories.

The “storage/workshop” facility in the Stringer Road Reserve, Blairgowrie continues as our centre for storage and construction activities, and the home of the “Mobile Workshop”. The facility is now connected to the mains electricity supply and fully fitted out with appropriate lighting, power points and security lighting.

The Motor Group, Music Appreciation group, including the “Shed Men” band, Woodworking Group and the 500 Card Club have all received good support from the members. All are looking forward to a bigger year in 2024.

The Project Committee continued to review all potential project ideas raised by the members and a watchful eye kept on the progress of the approved projects. 

The “Help-a-Mate” opportunity continued to flourish, offering help to members in completing those small private projects needing a few extra pairs of hands.

The Welfare Team has continued to monitor and improve member safety at both sites. We are getting better and pleased to report no serious incidents at either site.

Social connection was always our aim. Member luncheons and the regular Thursday and Friday catchups are again well supported. Functions at the Sorrento Bowls Club, the Portsea Life Saving Club and trips across to Queenscliff proved to be very popular.

A “Luncheon and Functions” group has been established to look after those social occasions and promote the events amongst the membership.

There was a substantial increase in community involvement. We maintained a good working relationship within the wider community and with local organisations, through our Community Support processes, including but not limited to:-

·        Sorrento RSL – moving memorial pavers to a prominent respectful position and the creation of Anzac and Remembrance Day memorial crosses.

·        St Joseph’s Primary Sorrento – provided maintenance support and the creation and installation of more “Buddy Benches” and Hooded Plover Shelters.

·        Sorrento Primary – provided support to number of intergenerational activities on-site at the school.

·        Sorrento Community Centre – supported the maintenance of outdoor furniture and extension of the garden area.

·        Whitecliffs Foreshore Committee – assisted with a build of bench seating.

·        Rye Primary School Bike Program has been another great success restoring old bikes to roadworthy condition and donated to a recycling charity looking after disadvantaged kids.

·        Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron – restoration of another “Minnow”.

·        Parks Victoria – build additional replacement benches from salvaged pier timbers for installation on the revamped Rye pier, and repairs to other benches delivered to the Reserve.

·        Friends of the Hooded Plover – delivered 22 shelters as part of an exercise supporting the Parks Victoria program to protect the hooded plovers on our local beaches.

·        JacknAndy Op shop Sorrento – replacement of out-dated shelving and cabinets across the Store.

·        Crisis Housing – supporting the community drive to resolve issues with homelessness on the Peninsula.

·        Dromana Potters Group – created art display stands.

·        Unifoms4U – Social members organised a fundraiser to support local families in need.