End Of Year Clean Up & BBQ

WP_20161217_002We are holding our final shed opening on Saturday 16 December. On this day we will be cleaning up both St Lukes and Southport Uniting Church (SPUC) sheds followed by a BBQ for members, family and friends to be held at the SPUC shed.

The timetable for the day is:

9.00am to 12.00pm – clean up both sheds

12.00pm to 2.00pm – BBQ and social get together


Volunteers are required to assist with the clean up as this is our final session for 2017: St Lukes yard, SPUC; community garden and yard, clean and oil machines and equipment, restack storage shed, clean down benches and repaint (if necessary) etc. We will appoint supervisors to look after each of these areas.

Please advise if you are available to assist with the clean up:



A BBQ lunch including salads etc will be provided and members are welcome to bring any additional nourishment; desserts, scones etc.

Tea, coffee and soft drink will be provided and members can BYO alcohol.


To assist with catering please advise the number of persons you will have attending by emailing Bob Small on:


The Committee extends its best wishes to all members and their families and hope that you have an enjoyable and safe festive season. We look forward to seeing you all back safe and well in 2018 for another enjoyable and convivial year in our sheds.


The Sheds will reopen for 2018 on the following dates:

Friday 12 January 9am to 1.00pm
Saturday 13 January 10.00am to 4.00pm


​From Saturday 13 January for projects only, no preset times for opening.


Bob Small

President, Port Phillip Men’s Shed

Garden progress


Willing worker Alex is putting the finishing touches to the new garden shed at the SPUC Men’s Shed garden.

Great work from Dermot, John, Rod, Bob, Steve and many others has brought the veggie garden to the stage where numerous plantings are in place, including chillis, cabbages, tomatoes, capsicums, and various herbs.

Well done to all contributors. Check out our facebook site for more photos.

Men’s Shed trailer now available

Need to move a stack of easels, pick up that new couch, or take a load of garden cuttings to the transfer station? After some great work by Rod, Justin, Rick, Bob and others, the Port Phillip Men’s Shed trailer is now operational.


The trailer is a 6×4 box trailer, with fixed bars at the front (as you see in the photo). The electrics / lights have been replaced, and it is better than new.

The trailer light plug has been ingeniously designed to plug into either a round or flat connector on the car.

A pouch is used at the back, into which you can slot the number plate of your car (print one on your printer, or do one by hand).

To use the trailer, get in touch with:

  • Rod Hall 0409 055 885; or
  • Bob Small 0417 067 319

Port Phillip Men’s Shed Expands Its Activities

From 11 August, the Port Phillip Men’s Shed will open mid week on Fridays from 9-1 at its Southport Uniting Care Shed, 317-29 Dorcas St, South Melbourne.

Mens-shed-SPUCThis is a chance for members to engage in activities mid-week, in addition to our usual Saturday and Wednesday morning (St Luke’s) and Saturday afternoon (Southport) sessions, which are for men only.

The new Friday session will welcome women members. This is the first time the PPMSA has opened its doors to women, who will be eligible to participate in workshop activities, social events and learning groups, as Associate Members. Membership forms can be obtained from our website: https://mens-shed.org.au  All new members are required to undertake an induction and safety session prior to the use of any Shed equipment.

Any enquiries may be directed to either:

  • Don Laird, Secretary, Mob: 0438 001 721
  • Bob Small, President, Mob: 0417 067 319

Farewell to Nick & Ruth

The farewell for Nick & Ruth from St Lukes Church was well represented by members of the Shed, who attended Nick’s final service and the farewell lunch following.


Rick Phillips presented Ruth with a finely restored lawn edger, while Steve Shoup presented a wooden cross and plaque he made on behalf of all of the Shed members.

We wish Nick and Ruth every happiness during their retirement in the Blue Mountains.

Volunteers Wanted – Get Involved

We have had a request from the Bubup Womindjeka Family and Children’s Centre in Port Melbourne (Cnr Esplanade West and Liardet St) to assist them with the construction of a cubby house.

This is a fairly basic design and no special carpentry or building skills are required.


Cubby – design example

This is a great opportunity to get involved in an excellent community project.

If you are interested in helping out please contact Bob on:

Email: bob.small@cushwake.com

Mobile : 0466 525 910

St Kilda Primary School Project – Another Men’s Shed Community Project

A project building and installing a large compost bin compound for the St Kilda Primary School was completed on Saturday.

The project comprised three large bins in one structure being built from a non-treated timber. This was to avoid any chemicals normally used as part of the timber treatment being introduced into the community garden “food chain”.

We obtained 38mm Cypress Pine direct from the timber mill and this was used for all of the structure except bin lids. The structure was built in the SouthPort shed and then disassembled for transportation to the school. It was easily reassembled in about 2 hours.

Thanks to all the guys who assisted with the project; Don, Barry, Justin, Stephen and Craig. A great effort guys.

regards, Bob