Men’s shed ready for another year
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. ecdra.org.au 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.