This week we attended another grants information session where we heard about other options we may pursue in the future. Two definite take home messages 1) you need to be clear about what/why/how/when and where before you even think about applying for grants 2) we need to be strategic in our approach to applications as success can slide you down the priority list for other grants!
Whilst out and about this week we met some people that were under the impression that the council has given us a building and land - we would love that to be true! If you weren't aware, the Coolum Men's shed have been hiring the hall to us by the hour, and have given us some storage space. We are grateful to them for their support whilst we pursue our 'forever home'. We made contact with the community facilities team at Sunshine Coast council, but these things can take time, so we will have to just keep plugging away. We still haven't found an option for the building we have been offered - (we need somewhere to put it....) we will keep you posted if there are any developments.
In other news this week, the 'Sharp Sheddies' tried the Thursday night music quiz at the Sol Bar in Maroochydore. It was a great atmosphere and a wide range of music was included. We did OK on some of the older stuff (it's trendy again!) but lacked a bit when it came to the newer tunes- if you knew what this week's 'like a version' tune on triple j was - we needed you! We won the playdough round though...
Today Nell went to see Peter the beekeeper to plan some visits for our members. It turns out that bees don't like black clothes, and actually all the worker bees are female. You aren't allowed to wave your arms around or move quickly and apparently they can smell fear (not sure if Peter is having us on with that one ;-) ). It's very hard being suited up and walking into the midst of a couple of million bees, and not running screaming and waving your arms about as they buzz around! Peter has been keeping bees for 46 years and sells his honey at Erbachers. We will be having some for sale at our Open Day on the 8th August. We will be organising some visits for our members from May - the suits are just too hot at the moment!
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