Category Archives: Fundraising

Bendigo Bank donates $2500 to Vincent Men’s Shed

Frank Paolino, Branch Manager North Perth Bendigo Bank, recently handed over a cheque for $2500. Frank and Bendigo Bank are keen supporters of the Shed and look forward to seeing the Shed prosper. The money has been set aside to fund the purchase of 2 x Sea Containers planned and subject to City of Vincent approval, to be installed at the eastern end of the Shed. The shed is very grateful to the Bendigo Bank’s enthusiastic and ongoing support of the Shed.Bendigo Bank donates $2500 to Vincent Mens Shed



January 2020: An email was sent recently asking shedders to respond to a number of questions related to the purchase of capital equipment. The purpose of the survey was to establish member support on what the committee felt was important to purchase in the future.

The committee now wish to share the outcomes of the survey. 30 members responded with sufficient data to make an informed decision. Here are the collective responses.

1. CNC – estimated cost $5000
More than half considered it was worthwhile purchasing a new CNC. The ratio was 60/40.

2. Thicknesser – estimated cost $5000
There was strong support for this item with almost 90% supporting this future purchase.

3. Drop Saw – estimated cost $1000
Again, there was strong support with 77% agreeing to the proposed purchase.

4. Air Compressor – estimated cost $2000
52% of respondents agreed to this purchase.

Since the survey a committee member has stepped forward and negotiated the supply [$0] of a good capacity compressor. It was delivered last Saturday and unloaded with the assistance of some Shedders. Thank you. Now we need to install the compressed air reticulation around the shed.

5. What else do you consider we should purchase?
About 10 members offered suggestions from a bench grinder, laser cutter, vacuum for sanders [external use] , belt sander, wood lathe, additional Makita drills. Thank you.

6. Do you wish to donate to our capital works fund? Leave your name and amount you wish to pledge.
Only 3 respondents offered a total of $570. Your committee extends a Special thank you to these people. We are setting up a separate account to be known as the Capital Equipment Fund.

What now?
Your committee will consider the results and use the data to underpin future grants.

Clearly, we will need to raise further funds. We look forward to members stepping forward and assisting with the various projects underway.

We thank you for your response. Even though the survey is closed, your feedback is always welcome.

February 2019 shed events

We have a busy week at the shed, please see the following event reminders:

Thursday 14th February 2019 from 10:30am: Jeffery Williams will address our members on the topic of “Defibrillator for Dummies”. Jeffery is a Nurse Administrator & is also involved with the St John Ambulance Service. He will provide a mannequin & a unit. Jeffery is an entertaining character & considering the average age at the Shed it will be an excellent opportunity to familiarise members with our unit.

Thursday 14th February 2019 from 12:00 noon: Shed members sausage sizzle. $3.00 per serve, $1.00 per drinks.

Saturday 16th February 2019 10:00am to 12:00 noon: Monthy Photography Club: Free to all interested members, just turn up on the day. Bring your camera and a laptop to process images and learn a little or share your experiences and images.

Saturday 16th February 2019 2:00pm to 4:00pm: Shed Garage Sale set up only. The sale takes place on Sunday but we need some help with getting things organised the day before. Please bring any last minute donations of items for sale.

Sunday 17th February 2019 8:00am to 2:00 pm: Shed Garage Sale. We still need some volunteers to staff the stall and generally help out with our Garage Sale. Please give Peter a call on 0417 988 415 if you are able to volunteer your time.

Garage Sale at the Shed Sunday 17th February 2019

Calling all Members …

As part of our ongoing efforts to raise much needed funds to continue the work of Vincent Men’s Shed, we are planning to hold a Garage Sale at the Shed on Sunday 17th February.

You are able to help by donating your unwanted items for sale, with all monies raised going to the Shed.

The sort of items we are looking for are:

Games & toys
CDs & vinyl records
hand tools
vintage dishes
fishing & camping gear
artwork and jewelry
old wooden furniture
kitchen equipment
copper and brass items and collectibles
books such as cookbooks, craft books and Penguin editions (not old textbooks, Mills & Boon or magazines)

Garage Sale at the Shed

Garage Sale at the Shed

if in doubt, ask one of the event organisers, Bruce Carman and Peter Wasser, whether your item(s) might be suitable

Only items in good condition are required. Things that are broken, damaged or not in good working order simply don’t sell, and are not wanted.

Something like a nice old chest of drawers that needs some work would of course be an exception.

If you are able to donate some items, please reply to this email at or speak with Bruce or Peter or the Day Manager at the Shed.

Remember – your donations are essential to help make this event a success.


VMS Committee

SWEEPA Newsletter December 2018

Welcome to the last edition of The Sweepa for 2018 which endeavours to provide members with a brief look at what is happening in the Shed.


At the last committee meeting several items of interest to Shed members were discussed.

These included:

  • Possible fundraising BBQ at the Bunnings Store in Morley. Members are asked to give a few hours of their time to allow the Shed to continue to grow and keep our equipment and resources at a standard that you expect.


Please contact Fergus Beer on 0408 429 576 or if you can help for some time on Tuesday 1st January 2019, between 0700 and 1600. (Yes, New Year’s Day!!)

  • Display at the annual Hyde Park Festival on 3rd and 4th March
  • Discussion on office bearer’s positions for 2019/2020 due to some committee members retiring
  • Revise and commit to a stronger “Induction Policy and Procedure” due to insurance requirements
  • Delivery of “snowmen and vinyl booths” to Children’s Hospital by Wednesday 9th December
  • Promotion of a “Kids Day” at the Shed – microbat nesting box building
  • Possible Greg Millar Timbecon presentation in March
  • Sausage sizzle Thursday 17th January 2019
  • New constitution to be reviewed by committee
  • Garage sale to be held Sunday 17th February 2019
  • Ross Boulter to arrange for guest speakers
  • As part of clean up mark corridor through Shed for members to evacuate if necessary.


All members are advised that the Shed will close on Tuesday 18th December and not open again until Monday 14th January.

On Thursday 20th December members are asked to give a few hours of their time to assist with a general cleanup of the Shed. As part of a thank you to those members who assist at the cleanup, the Committee will be providing sausage rolls for morning tea.

As a reminder all members are requested to remove any projects or timber that they wish to use in future. The Shed will not be held responsible if your project or timber is not in the Shed in 2019.

Committee members have raised concerns that the Shed is being used as a storage area and this has meant that space – including workbenches – is at a premium.

And the winner is…

The doll’s house raffle we held at the Hyde Park Fair has been drawn and the winner is Robin Battel (green ticket E25). Many thanks to the many people who supported the Vincent Men’s Shed by buying tickets.

Photo of the three storey doll house.

Doll house

Rocking horses for sale

Rocking horses for sale!  Richard has masterminded a rocking horse design that can be made for sale.  This one has already been sold.  Key players in building this rocking horse were Richard, Barry and Irvine. It is planned to have another ready for sale at Hyde Park Fair.

Photo of a Shed members Barry, Wayne and Richard by a completed rocking horse.

Rocking horse for sale.

Thank you Bendigo Bank

Bendigo Bank has again generously donated to the Vincent Men’s Shed.  The bank is a long standing supporter of the Shed and indeed the larger local community.  We are very appreciative of their donation of $1500 towards improvement of shed facilities.  Shown in the photo is Nick Catania, chairman of the North Perth Branch of Bendigo Bank, presenting the cheque .

Photo of Nick Catania president the $1500 cheque to Lynton and Bill from the Shed

Nick Catania presenting the cheque

Hiring the Shed

The Shed is now hiring out the workshop and kitchen areas when the Shed is closed.  This is available for Not For Profit organisations, Shed Members or other organisations who may wish to hire the Shed. 

Not for Profit organisations or Shed Members hire rates

Period of hire Cost for period
Half day (0830 to 1230 or 1230 to 1630) $100.00- $25.00/hr
Full day (0830 to 1630) $180.00- $22.50/hr

Commercial organisations hire rates

Period of hire Cost for period
Half day (0830 to 1230 or 1230 to 1630) $120.00- $30.00/hr
Full day (0830 to 1630) $220.00- $27.50/hr

Please contact the Secretary Colin Mckinley for further information at our email address.