Men’s shed ready for another year

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with pop­pies was dis­played at the ceno­taph.

The men’s shed guys made this wooden ban­ner three years ago for the RSL to use for An­zac Day and Re­mem­brance Day.

Their an­nual gen­eral meet­ing was held last month.

Spe­cial guests were Liz Ta­tia from the Depart­ment of Hu­man Ser­vices and Mary Townsend from the Shire of Strath­bo­gie.

Both of whom were in­stru­men­tal in es­tab­lish­ing a Men’s Shed in Nagam­bie.

They were there at the men’s shed re­quest to over­see the elec­tion of of­fice bear­ers.

Some 11 mem­bers were present and the new in­com­ing of­fice bear­ers for 20182019 were elected.

Pres­i­dent is David Keall, vice pres­i­dent - Trevor Onn, sec­re­tary/trea­surer - Bob Crick, as­sist­ing the trea­surer, Trevor Onn, health and safety rep­re­sen­ta­tive - Bill Tay­lor.

All other mem­bers present formed the com­mit­tee.

Lunch was sup­plied by the men’s shed and en­joyed by all in at­ten­dance.

The men’s shed is not tak­ing on any new projects this year.

In 2019 they hope to kick it off with some pos­i­tive work to do for the shed and their com­mu­nity.

Fu­ture pro­grams will cater for men who live on their own and men’s health.

If any man aged 18-100 is in­ter­ested in join­ing the men’s shed.

It’s on Wed­nes­day and Fri­day from 9am to 1pm.

They can con­tact Bob Crick 5794 2406 or David Keall 5794 2458 to find out more about the ac­tiv­i­ties.

THE East Cen­tral District Ri­fle As­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers had a day out on Satur­day.

Most trav­elled to Nagam­bie to share that club’s Christ­mas shoot and Marty Kelly went to Rosedale to con­test the Gipp­s­land District Ri­fle as­so­ci­a­tion’s an­nual prize shoot and then on Sun­day at Rosedale, the Lois Os­born Me­mo­rial 1000 yard shoot.

Satur­day was a great early sum­mer day with lots of sun­shine and plenty of wind.

North of the di­vide, at Nagam­bie, it was an al­most per­fect day tend­ing on the warm side, while South of the di­vide the wind was quite an is­sue as it be­gan to build on Satur­day and then to be very strong and gusty for Sun­day.

The Nagam­bie Christ­mas shoot is al­ways a fun day out and this year was no ex­cep­tion as the ECDRA joined in this year’s shoot fo­cused on the 500 yard range.

Graeme Kerr, as­sisted by David Wal­lace, was given the priv­i­lege of be­ing some of the first to try out the new con­crete shoot­ing bench.

The bench is made of brick and con­crete de­signed to with­stand the el­e­ments and pro­vide a very solid and vi­bra­tion-free shoot­ing bench.

Graeme Kerr gave the bench a top score as it proved to be very sat­is­fac­tory and met the chal­lenge of an all-weather eas­ily main­tained solid shoot­ing bench.

The Christ­mas shoot it­self was fo­cused on ‘teams’ de­vel­oped by mem­bers of both clubs in var­i­ous classes and the fun be­gan.

The re­sults of the ac­tual shoot­ing were not to hand as this re­port was sub­mit­ted but the mes­sages re­ceived from the mem­bers is that they had a heap of fun and ev­ery­one shared in the Christ­mas ‘loot’ (a ta­ble covered with Christ­mas wrapped gifts).

There is al­ways a good hu­mored ban­ter be­tween the var­i­ous classes as to which is eas­i­est es­pe­cially be­tween the op­ti­cal F classes with their tele­scopic sights and the open or peep sighted Tar­get Ri­fles.

The re­sult on the day was that this is­sue re­mained un­re­solved as the tele­scopic sighted ri­fles bat­tled the strong mi­rage; they lost most of the ad­van­tage of a mag­ni­fied aim­ing mark pro­vided by the tele­scopic sight.

The day ended with shar­ing the ‘loot’ and a Christ­mas af­ter­noon tea where the day was voted a great day out and very use­ful as the ECDRA mem­bers tried the new shoot­ing bench.

At Rosedale the con­di­tions were quite dif­fer­ent for the an­nual Gipp­s­land DRA Prize shoot as the breeze turned into a very dif­fi­cult gust­ing wind up to gale force at times.

The ECDRA rep­re­sen­ta­tive Marty Kelly made a week­end of it and con­tested both the Prize Shoot and the Lois Os­born Me­mo­rial 1000.

A fea­ture of the 1000 yard shoot is that the prizes are Christ­mas hams.

Re­gret­tably Marty got close to bring­ing home a ham but not close enough in his class of F T/R.

In the 1000 yard shoot, Marty fin­ished 3rd with a 99.3, eight points be­hind the win­ner Don Langhton from Lang Lang with a score of 107.

Marty’s, 53.2, was top shot for the first round and a score that Marty would nor­mally re­gard as very low.

The con­di­tions with the wind were very dif­fi­cult es­pe­cially as its strength built dur­ing the day and this is where Marty had a bad time start­ing with two fours and then fin­ish­ing with a three, ten and five for a to­tal of 46.1 and 3rd place, well down on his av­er­age score but a score that had all the shots on the tar­get.

Keep­ing the shots on the tar­get at 1000 yards is a feat in it­self un­der chal­leng­ing weather con­di­tions.

The Gipp­s­land Prize shoot on Satur­day was con­tested un­der what can only be de­scribed as very dif­fi­cult wind con­di­tions and Marty’s re­sults were: Match 1. 500 yards 54.3 (3rd); Match 2. 500yds 57.1(2nd); Match 3. 600yds 54.1 (2nd); Match 4 the ag­gre­gate 165.5 (2nd).

Marty said it had been a dif­fi­cult week­end and the low scores across the board re­flected the test­ing con­di­tions and he had a notebook full of com­ments about the range so that next time he can bring home a ham.

Next week’s shoot­ing for the ECDRA will be at home at the Vi­o­let Town Shoot­ing Com­plex and will in­clude prepa­ra­tion for the ECDRA an­nual Christ­mas shoot on De­cem­ber 14.

New Shoot­ers are most wel­come and as al­ways, mem­bers need to check shoot de­tails on www. and re­mem­ber no shoot­ing on days of ex­treme fire weather.

THE CREW: Nagam­bie Lakes Men’s Shed guys re­cently. Trevor Onn, Don McKay, Ray Pater­son, Bren­dan Dal­rym­ple, Michael Smith, Bill Tay­lor, Kevin Swaffield-Hume Men’s Shed Sun­bury, War­ren Har­ris and Bob Crick.

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