This Weeks Timetable





Duty Member


27 September


Shed Open
Painting Class

Soumitra C


28 September



Shed Open


Brenton / Rocco / Domonic


29 September


Shed Open

Tom F


30 September


Shed Open

Rob M


1 October


Shed Open


John Dixon – Shed Manager

As we all  know we will soon be losing our Shed Manager John Dixon who has decided to move back to Nelson on New Zealand’s South Island to be closer to his family. The Committee wishes to thank and acknowledge the professionalism, dedication and work John has put into this (so called) “part time” position over the past three years. Without his energy and dedication we would not be in the magnificent position we are in today. Once again John, on behalf of the Committee and all Shed members thank you for all your efforts in making the Bentmoor Mens Shed what it is today.
The special lunch we had last Tuesday to say thank you to John was enjoyed by some 70 members and we were fortunate in having the weather on our side.

John’s presentation

with Bert Dyt (Vice Pres), Jeff Needham (President)  and guests Ros Porter (Community Development Officer of Moorleigh Village) and Ana Tsaganos (Team Leader Community Development – Glen Eira City)

Workshops – Take Note

Sorry to have to keep saying no, but there are rules and limits that exist and we must comply:

No spray painting: Until we get a spray booth installed – and the research is happening now, so expect it soon – we have to say NO spray painting in the Shed. Overspray is carrying, and there are complaints about the fumes.

No noisy machinery in the Quiet Workshop: Battery or 240v sanders, jigsaws, routers and planers are to be used only in the woodwork machine room. Noisy machinery in the General Workshop just annoys everyone in there.

NO work outside: Under the terms of our lease agreement, members cannot do any noisy or dirty work outside of the Shed building. This includes things such as: machine sanding; painting – hand or spray; use of any battery or 240v equipment; welding; grindng, cutting; and anything else that makes a noise or a mess.

Electrical Safety: If you are bringing in your own 240volt tool to use in the Shed, it can NOT be used until it has been tested for electrical safety, and tagged as safe. If it fails the test then it will get a red DO NOT USE tag and must not be used in the Shed.

All the Shed’s equipment is tested annually, and anything that fails is either: repaired and tested again, or thrown out.

It’s for everyone’s safety – and it’s the law, and it’s a condition of our lease agreement with Council.

Donate Life

Last Tuesday Sheddie John D used his personal and family story of kidney disease and transplant to encourage people to become organ donors.
The process is very simple and there are two steps: 
  1. Go to and put in your name, date of birth and Medicare number. It takes less than a minute to do. (Ff you were previously registered through the driver’s license process, you need to now do this new registration.)
  2. Tell your family that you have made that choice. Many usable organs are lost each year because families don’t know because it was never raised with them until too late.

What’s On

Bunnings BBQ Tomorrow – Sunday 25th
Despite this weeks Shed closures and Saturday’s Grand Final, we are still sizzling sausages at Bunnings Moorabbin tomorrow. The roster is full – thank to those who have volunteered – but do come come by, say hi, and buy a snag or two or more.
Marriott House Project Reminder
A reminder from Rocco to all those who put their hands up for the project at Marriott house next Tuesday 27th can you please be there around 9.00am. We will meet at the front and may have to sign in so make sure you bring your phone. (They might provide lunch). 
Pottery Class
There will be NO pottery this coming Friday.
Arts and Crafts update,

The Water colours painting classes continue to be popular.  
People are discovering talents they did not know they had and are producing works they can be proud of.
Classes are free to Men’s Shed members including the provision of all painting materials.
Pottery classes are also very popular and some great items are being created.
As with the Art class everything is provided. 
These classes are a great opportunity so why not not come along and discover your hidden talents and of course the companionship.
Spanners   Spanners   Spanners
A reminder – we are collecting old spanners for a sculpture we are making for Carnegie Laneways. Bring them into the Shed – there is a tub just inside our entry door (look down and to your right as you come in) for you to fill.
Computer Available
Also in response to member requests, we will now have a laptop computer available during Shed open hours. It will be on the duty desk in our foyer, and can be used in that area, in the workshops, in the tearoom, in Room 19, or on the deck; just return it when you are done. 
It is available for use for things such as looking at youtube to see how to do something, to find parts, etc. The only times it will not be available will normally be: during some guest presentations; or if we are running a Zoom meeting for the Committee or similar. 
We will normally set it up with internet access at the start of each day, and the highly secret laptop password is on a label stuck underneath.
​Internet Access
Members are welcome to access the Council’s free public Wifi while in the Shed. Just:
Find “Glen Eira Public Wifi” (but note there are other secure password-protected Glen Eira links we don’t have access to.)
Accept the Terms and Conditions
Sign in – no password required
Still Got RATs in the Shed
We’ve still got a supply of RATs in the Shed. If you need one or two at home just in case, ask JD, Charlie or the Duty Member.
Fundraising Film Night – “Everybody’s Oma”

Home Instead Brighton is proud to be given special permission to host the screening of the Australian documentary, Everybody’s Oma. Funds raised from the tickets will go towards the Dementia Support Service at the Central Bayside Community Health Services. A short presentation about the service will be held prior to the screening of the movie.

As this event will be attended by many who care and work directly with older people, we ask that you wear a mask (except when eating or drinking) during the movie.

When:             6.30pm-8.30pm on Wednesday 12th of October

                         (Arrive at 6:30pm sit down at 6:45pm)

 Where:            Palace Brighton Bay Cinema

                         294 Bay Street, Brighton VIC 3186

Tickets:           $25.00 (includes film, choc top and $6.00 donation)

Seats are limited so please book your tickets NOW by clicking on this link –



E-Waste Recycling Station: Work is underway on this item for Moorleigh Village.

Play Group Toys: The toys for the Steiner Playgroup next door are just about finished and should be returned to them later this week and the following week.

Kinder Toys: We are starting to do some toy & furniture restorations and building for a group of kinders. We will be making a small start this week, but there will be a lot more to follow.

Label Your Work

There have been a few grizzles about personal projects, or even materials for community projects, being cut up by others for their projects. It is YOUR responsibility to make you sure you clearly label everything, so there can be no confusion and no mistakes. We’ve put up new signage to help, but LABEL IT.

Sandpaper Dispenser
Have a look at the smart new sandpaper-roll dispenser in the general workshop – a results of the efforts of Andy from our Wednesday night crew
Spray Painting Booth
And down in the metalwork room our new spray-painting booth is taking shape – it’s only a week or two away from being usable.
Bringing In Timber
We can now take a very limited amount of timber if you’ve got anything decent to bring in. But we emphasise “decent” – not rubbish that we’re just going to end up throwing out, at our cost. And it goes into the shelves outside – not on the floor inside.
Workshops for Women
This Tuesday (13th) is the last session for Term 3 for our Women’s Workshops group. They start for Term 4 on Tuesday 4th October, and continue through to 20th December when they will break until the start of Term 1 in 2023.
The recent funding grant generously provided by Glen Eira City Council means this very popular program (the waiting list is growing again) can continue into the foreseeable future, and the Committee may also consider some extension of it in the new year.

And a reminder to those who forget: this program happens TUESDAYS – 1-3pm and 7-9pm.

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