This month we welcome a new member Joe McDermott, please introduce yourselves and make him feel at home when you meet him. This brings our band of merry wood butchers to 56.
To try and alleviate congestion at the shed, we are now operating on Saturday mornings same times, 8:30 – 12:30. After 3 weeks, we are averaging 7-8 persons a day, which is quite reasonable start. We will trial this to the end of the year and then review it to see if we should continue or change to another day, or indeed an additional day depending on Shed Manager availability.
There has been quite a bit of activity since I last wrote a report way back in September,
Norm Nightingale and Jessee Ireland have completed the vermin proofing for the metalwork shed and a fine job too. The only rats seen since are the two legged ones!
This last period also saw the introduction of new Battery tools to replace the myriad varieties of brands of our old hand power tools. At the last meeting it was proposed we adopt the DeWalt range of products, Warren managed a great deal for us from Trade Tools. This will be ongoing until we replace the entire range of power tools. The added benefit of this of course is electrical safety in that these tools being low voltage do not require testing. Much to the relief of Chris Abrey and Ron Kirkpatrick our in house testers!
Two major shed projects are underway or completed, these are the flood mitigation works to prevent water ingress into our storage shed. A retaining wall was constructed by Bernie Day, ably assisted by Paul Hunt and Jesse Ireland.
The other project of note is the extension of our Alfresco Fine Dining area. John Schoonbeek was our concreter extraordinaire with assistance (resistance?) from Paul Hunt (again) and my good self offering sound advice as is my wont. We are proposing to install a Shade sail to finish off. Hopefully, smoko’s will be less noisy in the future!
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