At the outset, limited equipment was available, but Syd Abraham (now deceased) stepped up immediately and generously donated his wood lathe for use in the Shed; and Syd became the Shed's No1 "ticketholder".

At the outset, several local men stepped up to form the initial core of the membership. But, early on, it was determined that the Shed would function with an absolute minimum of formality; and this has since been confirmed many times over.

Members of the community from all over Brisbane donated tools, equipment, and benches for the Shed, and have continued to do so. Arthur Hall (also now deceased) donated a very substantial bench which is the centre piece of the original Shed. The generosity of people over the years has been quite outstanding.

Some of the high-speed machines donated are now coming to the end of their safe and useful life and a program of replacement is under way through a grant from the State Government’s Gambling Community Benefit Fund.

In all, nearly 70 menfolk have been members to 2019. Some have died, while some have moved on to other things. But, even if men stay for only a short time, the Shed performs an important role if it assists the member in some way, particularly transitioning from one stage of life to another.

But the Shed has developed a very tight core of members who have come to know and respect one another very well.

Important set-up work was performed by the Rev Doug Mitchell and Trevor Davis and in 2018 this was recognised by their being made Life Members of the Shed.

Bayside Uniting Church Minister when the Shed was opened was Rev Lu Senituli and he became an active member of the Shed, as is the current Minister in 2019 Rev Craig Blackburn.

It was recognised that the Shed needed a Foreman to direct workshop activities, ensure safety procedures were followed, to instruct, and to oversee generally the workshop assets. Retired cabinet maker Dennis L’Barrow took on this role in 2013. When Bayside Church agreed to fund the extension of the workshop area in 2016, Dennis was at the forefront of the planning of this exercise. Regrettably, Dennis died at the end of 2016.

Fortunately for the Shed, retired electrical engineer (among other things) Denis Demartini agreed to take on the Foreman role in April 2017. With the great enthusiasm and expertise that he has, Denis is currently overseeing a further extension of the Shed by virtue of a grant from the Queensland Government’s Gambling Community Benefit Fund.

The workshop has engaged on many projects during its existence, such as-

Apart from the happenings in the workshop, other Shed activities have included-

There is usually quite animated conversation and “debate” over morning tea with few topics being off-limits. But, during such animated conversations and during their time at the Shed, members are expected to respect the ethos of the Uniting Church

Members are rostered to provide morning tea and, on the first Thursday of each month, there is a barbecue for which a member is nominated as the “Celebrity Chef.”

At the end of 2019, Alyson Madsen is the Co-ordinator of the Shed on behalf of the Church Council.

The Leadership Group within the Shed is-

Contact:Through Church Office  3890 2392