It combats isolation and fosters community, and now Newcastle Men’s Shed is looking for new members to complement its new premises.
After vacating their old buidling at the BHP site in 2016 the not-for-profit ended its 20-month homeless run by moving into a space in Hamilton North in August. With fit-out still underway there’s no better time to get involved. And although the sheds are traditionally seen as the domain of retired men Public Officer Paul Schiebaan said there’s a place for younger men as well.
“Some men don’t like to work with the older guys, but some find it extremely helpful in furthering their skills” he said
Amongst other projects, Newcastle Men’s Shed is involved in the Waratah Village Christmas lights display and Tocal Field Days. They have also recently completed the trophy construction for the Tubes 4 Boobs fundraiser.
While members have the option to do as much or as little work as they like the most important thing was having a place to go, particularly for men who are retired.
Anyone wanting more information or to get involved with Newcastle Men’s Shed email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Secretary Wayne Grant on 0421 249 836.
Several events will be held on the weekend of 10 and 11 November to mark Remembrance Day.
This year is the 100th anniversary of the WWI armistice, when the guns fell silent on the Western Front after more than four years of war.
On Sunday 11 November several services will be held around the area to mark the day.
The Adamstown Anzac Committee will conduct a service at the Adamstown War Memorial on Brunker Road, commencing at 10:30am.
Contact the committee on 0402 029 222 if you wish to lay a wreath.
The Merewether-Hamilton-Adamstown RSL sub-Branch will hold a service at Gregson Park at Hamilton, commencing at 10:45am.
Lambton - New Lambton sub-Branch will hold a commemorative service at New Lambton Uniting Church on Thursday 8, commencing at 10.30am. There will also be a service on Remembrance Day (Sunday 11) at Lambton Bowling Club commencing at 10.45am
On a different note, on Saturday 10 November there is an open invitation to a singalong at The Dungeon in Adamstown Uniting Church, with old war tunes such as Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree and White Cliffs of Dover on the repertoire. The afternoon kicks off at 2pm. Entry is $10 at the door, with funds going to Camp Breakaway providing respite care for people with special needs and their families. For more information phone John and Libby on 4943 5316.
Embracing the handmade, ethical and local, one of Adamstown’s newest stores seems worlds away from the mass-produced stock that fills monolithic shopping centres.
The collaborative space on Glebe Road houses the brands of four local young women – Morgan Kerr, Gab Abell, Amelia Hancock and Ailie Way – who produce floral arrangements, essential oil perfumes, solid gold jewellery, apparel and made-to-order furniture. They all handmake the products and staff the shopfront.
‘Maker’ opened in August after a chance meeting between the four. They were not all known to each other originally, but discovered they shared an ethos.
“We all have the same vision of getting back to the grassroots of things,” Gab explained.
“Our brands are really cohesive.”
The women have a vision to slow down and create an appreciation for the shopping experience by creating opportunities to meet the maker, display craftsmanship and create a connection to the product.
Morgan said that the ability to produce custom orders meant that people had the opportunity to own something unique that can be treasured.
“The production chain is so close to the buyer that you can change anything,” she said.
“We want to get back to supporting local business and seeing the origin of what you’re buying.”
‘Maker’ can be found at 603 Glebe Road and is open 10-4 weekdays, 10-3 Saturday and 8-2 Sunday
Retail, hospitality and service businesses in Adamstown area have come together to produce a bingo-style promotion that rewards lucky local shoppers with vouchers to spend in time for Christmas. An initiative of the Adamstown Business Group, Adamstown Bingo is simple to play. Just make a purchase from any five participating businesses between now and December 7 and you’re in the running for $250 worth of shopping vouchers.
Secretary of Adamstown Business Group, Sharon O’Rourke said “We were looking for a way to reward loyalty and keep customers in and around Adamstown, and we thought this would be an easy and fun way of doing it.”
Readers in the Adamstown area will find an Adamstown Bingo card inside this issue of The Local. The cards have gone to 5,000 homes across Adamstown, Adamstown Heights and parts of Broadmeadow and Merewether. Shoppers from outside the Adamstown area are most welcome to play Adamstown Bingo. Just pick up your card from any participating business.