The St Clair and District Men's Shed

The St Clair and District Men's Shed is a non-profit, community based organisation, for retired men.

 




Our Patron
Tanya Davies MP
State Member for Mulgoa


Welcome to
The St Clair and District Men's Shed

The St Clair and District Men's Shed is a non-profit, community based organisation, for men.

The major objective of the Shed is to advance the health and well-being of men.

We have a well equipped wood and metal workshop, providing a safe and friendly environment where skilled and unskilled men can work on a range of personal, shed and community projects.

We provide a place for men of all cultures to share their skills, learn new skills, make new friends, swap yarns or just socialise over a cuppa.

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About Us


The original members of 'Cecil's Place

The St Clair Men's Shed, 'Cecil's Place', commenced on 13 February 2013 at the Autumnleaf Neighbourhood Centre in Autumnleaf Parade St Clair with 8 inaugural members.

Established as a social group for retired men in the local area, the group held informal meetings and hosted a number guest speakers, mainly about men's health and other men's issues.





In December 2013 it was decided that a functioning men's shed would help to increase membership, so a concrete slab was laid and a garden shed erected at the Autumnleaf Parade Neighbourhood Centre.

This allowed acceptance of tool donations which gave members an opportunity to work on some projects to benefit the local community.

Unfortunately, the garden shed had limitations of storage space, accessibility and opportunities for bigger and more meaningful projects. It was time to find us a 'real' men's shed to work from.

In August 2014 a request was made to Penrith City Council to erect a bigger shed on the Council owned land at the Autumnleaf Neighbourhood Centre. In April 2015 a letter was received from the council rejecting our proposal. Private avenues for a shed was now our only option.

On 25 July 2016, the group was renamed the St Clair and District Men's Shed (SCADMS), a Constitution was written and a committee formed. We were officially incorporated with NSW Fair Trading on 29 July 2016. Soon after, we registered with the Australian Men's Shed Association (AMSA).

In August 2016, we held discussions with CatholicCare, part of the Catholic Diocese in Parramatta about the possible use of some land on the Mamre House site to build a shed. In October 2016, CatholicCare advised us that we could move into a temporary building on their site, until we get approval to establish the permanent larger shed.



After fundraising efforts and kind donations from the Nepean Men's Shed, Strathfield South High School and the local community, the group was able to equip their temporary shed with a range of hand and electrical tools. ​

In July 2017 our local State MP, the Hon. Tanya Davies, accepted our offer to become our shed patron.

​ In February 2018 we were notified that we had received a grant from the NSW Government Community Building Partnership Grants program to help start to build our new shed on the Mamre House site. ​

In December 2018 we were notified that we had received another grant from the NSW Government Community Building Partnership Grants program to help build our new shed. ​

In December 2018 we submitted a Development Application to the Penrith City Council (PCC) to build our new shed on the Mamre House site.

The new shed was official opened in 2021.





Over the years, 'Cecil's Place' and the St Clair and District Men's Shed has assisted the local community by: ​
  • Building a stage for the Harold Wheen Pre-school.
  • Made building block for Penrith NADO.
  • Renovation of two bench seats for Ripples Swimming Centre.
  • Building 'Buddy Benches' for Emmaus Catholic College at Kemps Creek.
  • Made toys for Domestic Violence Service Management.
  • Made a Nativity Scene for CatholicCare Mamre House site.
  • Built a "bus" for It's a Small World Childcare Centre at Seven Hills.
  • Built Myna bird traps for the Blacktown City Council.
  • Built 3D reindeers for our shed patron and local State Member, the Hon. Tanya Davies' home.
  • Previous Projects

    • Mamre House Desk

      We were asked by the Mamre House people if we could modify one of their tables to make it ...

    • Old MacDonald Had a Farm

      Old MacDonald Childcare asked us to build them 8 planter boxes in the shape of cows. Our P...

    • NADO Project

      We made a box filled with different shaped wooden blocks for the people at NADO Penrith. I...

    • Emmaus Benches

      After being approached by Allan, Emmaus Catholic College ordered two Buddy Benches for the...

    • Balcony Seating

      After quite a few months of work, Ian P completed making L-shaped seating boxes for hi...

    • Mamre Creche New Kitchen

      We renovated the children's play kitchen at the Mamre House creche. We renovated a sma...

    • No Loafing Around

      Ken H did such a good job with the four Picnic tables for Rutherglen Community Centre at B...

    • Scott's Rocking Chair

      Pauline Attard from Penrith FACS asked us to help find a rocking chair for one of her hous...

    • Buddy Benches for Local primary School

      We made two Buddy Benches for Bennett Road Primary School. They were painted bright colour...

    • Toys to Help Domestic Violence

      Kelly Parker and Teresa Luccitti from Domestic Violence Service Management (DVSM) came to ...

    • Ahoy Ye Shipmates

      Arrrrr, one of me shipmates, Tony B, made a pirate ship for the Harold Wheen PreSchool at ...

    • The Gardeners

      Some of our members, Bob, Allan and John, were vocal about starting a vegetable garden nea...

    • Dolls House

      We made some dolls houses earlier this year. Jean Pierre Abood, from CatholicCare at Mamre...

    • Christmas Tree

      Mary Contacted us via Facebook, asking if we could build the pictured Christmas Tree. Dav...

    • Siggy's Bus

      It's a Small World Childcare Centre at Seven Hills asked us if we could make a "b...

    • More Emmaus Benches

      Four more Buddy Benches were delivered this week, by Tony and Allan, to Emmaus Catholic Co...

    • Little Red Fire Engine That Could

      Our resident toy maker, Peter, made a fire engine suitable for a small child. When it was ...

    • Creating a Scene

      Last November, CatholicCare asked our Shed if we could make a Nativity Scene for them, to ...

    • Picnic Tables for Rutherglen Community Centre

      Our Shed was asked to build some large picnic tables for the Rutherglen Community Centre i...

    • Blackboard for Penrith Council

      Dave Greaves, John Webster and various other members are building a Blackboard for Penrith...

    Join Us

    Our Shed is located at 181 Mamre Rd, Orchard Hills, in the grounds of the Mamre House site.

    We are open Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, between the hours of 8am and 2pm.

    We are closed on Public Holidays and for a short period over Christmas.

    You are welcome to visit us on any days that we are open.

    Membership

    The St Clair and District Men's Shed welcomes all men.

    An annual membership fee of $50 per person helps us to cover liability insurance, rent, everyday running expenses, materials used, etc. An additional, one-off joining fee of $25 will also apply to each new member.​ ​

    There is a daily attendance fee of $2 per day per person to cover tea, coffee and biscuits.

    We allow all new prospective members to attend our shed on four separate occasions, after which time they will be required to join and pay membership. ​

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