October 2023 Update #2

October Update 2023 NEWSLETTER


Good afternoon folks.
Today is mostly a set of pictures which tell their own stories. Since the last Newsletter, much has been happening at The Hangar, at The Shed @ Stringers – and occasionally off-site. We belong to a Men’s Shed that offers much to members, whether you like working with your hands, playing cards, working on community projects, supporting community events, playing music – or just enjoying a drink and a chat with old and newly made friends.Whilst I try and attend many activities, I very much rely on each of you to take some photos of Shed activities and share them with me. I can’t guarantee I will include all (or any of them) but it would be great if you can send me one or two you think members would like to see. Thanks to those of you who are regular contributors of photos and words – it is appreciated by members as it helps us all understand the breadth of activities and interests.

Graham (GG)

Golf Day at Portsea GC on Monday 4 December

Your Lunches & Functions Group, under the leadership of Lino, has finalised the arrangements with PGC as previously advised. See below the Poster, which Warren has prepared, which is self explanatory. We are looking for all golfers, partners and friends to sign up asap for this unique opportunity to play at beautiful Portsea. If you are playing the 9 hole Ambrose it will only cost $85pp – and this includes a welcome chat, 9 hole shotgun start across the 18 holes, prizes for NTPs and long drives and a fantastic gourmet BBQ lunch in this wonderful setting. We are not adding any ‘profit margin’ to this event as it is a purely social occasion – hopefully the first of an annual event on our PNMSA Calendar.

If you want to book a foursome (as some have done already), that is ideal. If you only have yourself – or one or two friends but need an extra few people to make the group of four – no problem – we will match up players to get the best possible combinations. Just have a chat with Lino or myself (GG) and we will help sort it out.

See you on the course.

Wear a Hat Day on Tuesday 31 October

We are publicizing this event as it supports a local charity which is actively supported by the PNMSA and members.

Maria Rigbye advises there are still some places available to come along and enjoy a delicious lunch, entertaining presentation – and now potentially win donated prizes worth more than $200 collectively. Many thanks to Blairgowrie Pharmacy. What more can you want? Contact Maria on rigbyemaria@gmail.com

Ladies – Bring your own drinks and glasses.

Time : 12 noon, Place : The Hangar Point Nepean Men’s Shed in Sorrento
Date : Tuesday 31 October
Cost : $60 per person. included is the donation and a chance to win a door prize.
Transfer money to :
Maria Rigbye
BSB 704 191
Account 35821

Friday at The Hangar

Recent Friday drinks at The Hangar have proved to be very popular as the weather is starting to improve.

Several weeks ago we had member Troy, and his partner Anne, perform for members and the reaction was very appreciative. Anne and Troy are very accomplished musicians and it was fantastic to hear such talented locals entertaining members. As Warren wrote
‘Hi Anne & Troy,
 Thank you so much for coming along and entertaining us at The Hangar on Friday. We had one of the largest crowds for some time and everyone commented on your terrific performance. Great vocals and great song choices, most very difficult to perform. Many thanks again, much appreciated.’


Last Friday evening, the Sorrento Savvy’s were guests at The Hangar and apparently a terrific evening was held by all who attended.
The Shed Men at Rosebud Men’s Shed

Our home grown band, The Shed Men, was invited to perform at The Rosebud Men’s Shed last Friday evening as it was a special anniversary for that Shed. There were a great many people there enjoying the celebrations, food and drinks, and recognising those who had built the Shed to become the terrific facility it is for local blokes.

The Shed Men received the following letter from their President Ray – ‘Greetings All,
Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the Rosebud and Districts Men’s “Shed Show day at the Shed” event, thanks to the awesome music from the “Shed Men”. They rocked the house and made everyone happy. The band was fantastic, we are so grateful for your support that helped make the event a success – Thank you’
Sorrento Community Centre works
The SCC has expressed it’s appreciation for the terrific work carried out by the blokes at Stringers and see below some photos of their work for the young kids attending the SCC Early Learning Centre.

More from The Shed at Stringers
A very significant amount of work has been done by the lads at Stringers on Tuesdays for the past 4 or 5 weeks – under the guidance of President John and Rob K. This project was to make many display stands for a pottery exhibition and involved metal cutting, welding, painting, wood work, staining, lacquering and probably more steps I have left out. Congratulations to the team of hard workers and look at the results below! Fabulous job.


Ferry trip and Lunch at Tarra – Take 2

Yesterday more than 40 members, partners and friends ventured over to Queenscliff to revisit an earlier trip we made. The comments about the excursion were extremely positive and those who had not visited before were impressed with the building, the food, drink and outstanding service. Talk about value for money – a winner all round. Thanks to those who supported us by joining in for a beaut afternoon.


We have had many really successful activities and events this year – and still a few more to go if you want to participate. Below I have put an abridged version of the Calendar of Events for your information.

Secretary John writes :- 
The Portsea Petanque Club will be hosting PNMSA members for a game of petanque at its headquarters at Percy Cerutty Oval, Blair Road Portsea from 4.00pm on Friday 10 November. BYO drinks and nibbles, plus petanque / bocce balls if you have them. No need to book, just come along and enjoy the fun. For further information, contact PNMSA secretary John Crough on M. 0425 827 910.President John S notes : –
‘The CFA is conducting an information session at the Community Centre on Friday 3rd November, 2pm to 4pm.  Bushfire safety plans.
The Nepean Voters website is worth a look. Updated information on what the Shire is doing or not doing in the Nepean Ward.


The Australian Men’s Shed Association

We thought members may be interested in the following information from the AMSA.

‘Aged care is an important but often little-discussed topic in Australia. AMSA is partnering with Catalyst Research to conduct a large-scale study to understand sentiment towards residential aged care (nursing homes). The survey will look at benefits and barriers and how Australians go about research and using this service.

Here is a link to start the survey which can be done in about 10 minutes, or a little longer for those who take their time. Five respondents from around Australia will be selected to receive a new iPad as a thank you for participating.

Catalyst will prepare a summary of the research so we can share findings throughout the Men’s Shed network.

Your participation in this exercise would be greatly appreciated.

Take the survey here: 


Heritage Motor Show


Members understand that this show needs all the volunteer help possible to ensure everyone has a great time. Sorrento Rotary are hoping PNMSA members can give some time to support the Show, including assistance with marshaling the show cars etc. If you can assist, please contact Ray Davies on 0411 224 259. Tasks you can assist with vary – but any time – even just an hour or two – from 8am through to 3 pm would be most appreciated.
I think this must be one of our longest Newsletters – but it goes to show how much is going on around the traps.

That’s all folks. Phew – time for a cuppa!

GG (Graham)