Trivia Night

Written By: Bluegumhills Admin - Sep• 13•15

Do you fancy yourself as a Trivia buff?

Get a group together and join in the fun for a trivia night!

Where: Wallsend Sporties Club, 5 Fogo St, Wallsend (The Bowling Club)
Date: 31st October 2015
Time: Doors open at 5pm, for a 6pm start

Please see the flyer for more information regarding RSVP and cost!


Trivia Night Poster

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Toy Donation for Cardiff Childcare Centre

Written By: Luke Brunckhorst - Jul• 14•15

Last week the shed was pleased to be able to present the Cardiff Childcare Centre some wooden tunnel and bridges for the kids to play with.
The items were expertly crafted by Bob (pictured Centre).  As a thankyou a dontaion was made to the shed by the Centre.

As an added bonus, Pat Conroy was also present making a presentation of his own, and was able to see first hand our involvement and commitment to the community


Peter, Bob and Pat Conroy with the toys

Peter, Bob and Pat Conroy with the toys

The Bridges and Tunnels

The Bridges and Tunnels

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Gavin Osland’s story

Written By: garry - Jun• 18•15

This is a story one of our members from Blue Gum Hills Men’s Shed  wrote and was published in the RichmondPRA  ANNUAL REPORT for 2014.


Looking forward to things everyday


When I was a kid, my dad had a small workshop in the back yard . He used to do up engines in there – I just learnt how to do things from watching him. I also did my welding ticket at tafe when I was a lad. When dad cleaned out his tool shed, I converted it into a aviary. Birds were given tome – about 15 or 20 birds. I put a shelf and some breeding boxes into dad’s old tool shed and ended up with 60 budgies. I guess I always had a thing for birds after that.

I also used to ride a motorbike but I broke my leg – it put a damper on my schooling and everything. After recovering and with my confidence pretty low, I ended up living in a boarding house. When I became too unwell to stay in a boarding house, I’d go stay in hospital. I’d then get discharged and go to live in another boarding house. It felt like living on the edge all the time – very little security for years, a couple of decades.

RichmondPRA have been supporting me for 14 years –  no more boarding houses for me. They’ve helped me stay out of hospital. I used  to get 24-hour support. While I was living in 24-hour supported accommodation with some other men in Cardiff, I needed to occupy myself so I built an N Gauge train set. It had 3 separate controllers on it. I put the train set in the garage that belonged to my unit which I wasn’t using – the whole thing was 4.5m x 3.5m. After I moved out, it was too big to move without a truck and I knew I’d have nowhere to put it. So, I donated it to a local day care centre for kids to enjoy it as much as I did.

Now I’m managing by myself with drop in support after being assessed through the national disability insurance agency (NDIA) in Newcastle. I really like the support I get from RichmondPRA .

NDIA referred me to community based activities, which I attend on a Monday at valentine. We regularly have BBQ’s and picnics at different locations and I also assist in setting up at the BBQ’s. I also have a 1:1 program with RichmondPRA where we go out on Saturday and Sunday afternoon. When I told NDIA assessor that I like doing timberwork and metalwork, they referred me to Wallsend Men’s Shed. The Men’s Shed runs 5 days a week and I attend there on a Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. At the Men’s Shed we do major handyman work and mow the occasional lawn. We make wind chimes and other stuff that people buy at markets. They’ve  put plans in to council for a building on the block of land that council have donated to them. I’m really looking forward to being part of that.

Now, at my house, I’ve just finished building an entertainment unit for the house and a workbench for the garage. When I moved here about 6 months ago, I was given a small cage and thought I’d start keeping finches: now I’ve got 1 female and 2 males. The female’s young but she should start nesting soon. They have to get to about 2 years old before they start breeding. I need to save up some money – I’d love to get a motorbike again.

Life’s good, I’m back on track.

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Marylands Very Own Little Free Library

Written By: Luke Brunckhorst - Jun• 04•15

The shed is proud to have had a hand in the creation of Maryland’s very own Little Free Library.  The shed was approached to assist with building a Little Free library by the Maryland Neighbourhood Centre, and we are pleased to announce that the Little Free library was installed last week.

If you would like to contribute, and possibly borrow a book (or two), the Little Free Library is located at the Maryland Neighbourhood Centre, 207 Maryland Drive, Maryland.

In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share.
For more information on Little Free Library’s, please visit the website

Members of the Shed with the Free Library

Members of the Shed with the Little Free Library

Free Library

Maryland’s Little Free Library

Maryland's Free Library

Maryland’s Little Free Library now open for business

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Lambton Public School Project – Completed!

Written By: Luke Brunckhorst - Mar• 20•15

The Decking and sandpit project that the Bluegumhills and Elemore Vale Sheds have been working on for Lambton Public School, has now been completed!!
To commemorate the completion, a presentation was held at Lambton Public School on Wednesday, 25th March 2015.

Both Sheds were given a much appreciated donation from the school

We would like to thank all the shed members from both Areas that assisted with this project, and of course, The Staff and Children from Lambton Public School.




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Christmas in the Park

Written By: Luke Brunckhorst - Dec• 04•14

It’s that time of year again and we are having our Xmas get together this weekend, Sunday the 7th December
We will be meeting at Blackbutt Reserve (bottom end) around 10AM
B.Y.O food and drink, and possibly Chairs as we are unable to guarantee access to one of the seating areas in time!

Be advised that there is a cost for parking ($3-$5 from memory, but don’t quote me), but this goes to the maintenance and upkeep of the reserve and the animals.

Please contact the Shed on 0402810724 if you need further details

Merry Christmas from all of us at the Shed, and hope you all have a safe and Happy Holiday!

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Wallsend Red Cross turns 100

Written By: Luke Brunckhorst - Sep• 03•14

On the 25th of August, 2014, The Wallsend Red Cross branch was officially 100 Years old, after being inaugurated on the same date in 1914.

To celebrate this, the proceeds from some of the items being sold in the silent auction at the Bluegum Hills Mens Shed Trivia Night (Saturday 6th September 2014), will be donated to the Red Cross Ebola Cause


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Scroll Saw donation from NovaSkill

Written By: Luke Brunckhorst - Aug• 11•14

From all of us at the Shed, we would like to say thankyou to Scott Northey and the team at the Broadmeadow branch of NovaSkill for their generous donation of a scroll saw for the shed.NovaSkill

You can contact the NovaSkill team at the following:
148 Lambton Road
Broadmeadow NSW 2299

Ph: (02) 4906 6700

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2014 Club Grant from Wallsend Diggers

Written By: Luke Brunckhorst - Jul• 25•14

We would like to say a big thank you to Wallsend Diggers for giving the Shed a donation through their Club Grants Funding Program.

This money will be going towards purchasing first aid equipment for use at the Shed


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Photocopier required

Written By: Luke Brunckhorst - Jul• 15•14

The Mens shed is currently seeking assistance to get our photocopier/Printer repaired.
The existing photocopier/printer one is a Canon 2016i, and requires the drum to be replaced/repaired, which is unfortunately not a cheap endeavor.

If you are able to assist, or if someone in the community knows of a photocopier that is able to be donated, please contact Garry on
Ph: 02 49656081
Mobile: 0402810724

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Community Fun Day

Written By: Luke Brunckhorst - Jun• 30•14

On Saturday 28th June 2014, the shed was represented at the Community Fun Day held at Bunnings.

Aside from the great opportunity for getting our sheds name into the community, we also held a raffle to win a lovely hamper!

Congratulations to the winner!

Shed_Table Drawing the Raffle

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Fencing Donation

Written By: Luke Brunckhorst - Jun• 28•14

We would like to say thankyou to our friends at JA Bradshaw for the donation of fencing materials for our shed


Phone: 02 96741055


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