News from the shed April 2021


The first of our members lunchtime BBQs was popular so we will be looking to repeat it. If you missed out on that one, keep on top of future News from the Shed (or the website) for future announcements.

For the moment, remember that we have TWO BBQ events a regular members and partners LAST THURSDAY OF THE MONTH and the lunchtime members THIRD FRIDAY of the month.


If you can find the publicity in among the political puffery, from May 1, 2021, this app will be pretty much universally in place with QR codes popping up all over the place, including at the Shed. We have put revised arrangements in place from about March 25 and this early start is giving us the chance to familiarise ourselves with the app in friendly circumstances.

If you are at all concerned about how it will work, do not hesitate to drop in and give it a try.


Ken Goodsell has very kindly offered to organise a Shed based writer’s group for aspiring and other writers. How this will work will depend on the numbers interested, their level of experience (all are welcome) and the direction the group chooses to take going forward.

Contact Ken by way of the Secretary if you are keen to further your craft.


After lobbying Council for a number of years and more recently, unsuccessfully applying for grants, Channel Men’s Shed now have commitments which will result in an extension to the Car Park (the grassed area at the front of the Shed) plus sealing of that extension and the adjacent area, currently sheeted with gravel.

Kingborough Council have committed to do the extension with a sealed surface plus provide, kerbing, drainage and parking demarcation with line marking.

Commitments for funding are as follows:

Kingborough Council $66k plus GST. Channel Men’s Shed $30k plus GST of which $20k has been committed by either of a re-elected Liberal Government or an incoming Labour Government.

Our success in achieving commitments from the major parties was because we were able to demonstrate our commitment to a strong Community benefit. This area is used by a number of Community organisations which will all benefit from the work:

  • Channel Men’s Shed
  • Margate Primary School
  • Channel United Primary Soccer
  • Margate Cricket Club
  • Margate Volunteer Fire Brigade

As work is likely to go on for a number of weeks, there will be some disruption to our activities. The start date for this work will be advised in the near future.

The plan can be seen here – Margate Cricket Ground Car Park Layout

Secretary, CMS.