Wednesday, 8 June 2016

onwards and upwards

To my readers and blog followers:
Please note that I am no longer connected in any way with the entity calling itself "Men's Shed North Shore".

Earlier this year I informed the board of trustees that:
(1) in my opinion the point-blank refusal of the Chairman to hold any meetings with the members to discuss Shed issues was surely undemocratic
(2) the further refusal of the Chairman to discuss health and safety matters at the Shed was at best irresponsible, as I and many other members regard health and safety measures at MSNS to be totally inadequate and have repeatedly informed the board of our concerns. One member has already lost a thumb while using the table saw at the Shed, and it is only a matter of time before someone else is either seriously maimed or killed in this facility.

The response of the board was to terminate my membership.

Thankfully this will mean that I will not be held liable when legal proceedings are taken against the Shed when the next serious accident, or a fatality, occurs.

I continue to be interested in the trials and tribulations of retirement as it affects men, and will continue to research and write about the subject, as well as visit well-managed Men's Sheds in New Zealand.

Martin Adlington

Thursday, 7 January 2016

shed members help local school

For the last few days MSNS members have been helping with urgent renovation work at the Northcote Maori school Hato Pereta.
The school trust is hoping to complete repairs to a section of the boarding house so that boarders are able to move in at the beginning of the next school term.
Any help is welcome (skilled or unskilled) and much appreciated.
Lunch and dinner are provided, as well as ongoing tea, coffee and scones.
Plenty of parking onsite at 103 College Road - the site is beside the distinctive Maori meeting house on the city-side of College Road near the intersection with Akoranga Drive..
Hours 10am-6pm.
Just turn up and tell them you are from the Shed.