Woden Seniors Inc

50 years of providing Community Service to the over-50s of Canberra


Fortnightly News 1/2/2019

Express of interest – Carpet Bowles

We are going to restart Carpet Bowles in the Club, date and time to be confirmed. Let Polly know if you are interested in playing and we will keep you informed.

Bridge Classes

Classes for all levels (including Beginners) resume on Monday 4th February at 1.30 pm.

The WOW Art Group

The Watercolour on Wednesday Art Group has an exhibition of members’ paintings in the foyer and the Anne Murray Room. Many of the paintings have been marked down for sale and 15% of the sale price is donated to the club.


The Club has received a grant to install 2 raised garden beds in which to plant various herbs and greens. We are planning to form a Garden Activity Group to install and maintain these self-watering beds. We also want to improve the surrounds of the club by designing & developing and planting out areas around the club. Anyone interested in being part of this please leave your name & contact with Polly & we will follow up.

Justice of the Peace

You will find Maureen in Club on Tuesdays & Thursdays between 10.30am and 2pm for Justice of the Peace matters.

SPIRAL PROGRAM – meets at the Uniting Church, Curtin

Spiral resumes on the first Thursday in February. Spiral meets at the Uniting Church in Gillies Street, Curtin. Please arrive at or before 10.00. Speakers/ performers will commence at 10.10 and most will join us for the morning tea which will follow. A $1 contribution to costs is requested.

February 7 Professor Dick Telford “Quality of life in old age and marathon running in youth: a commonality of human function ….”

Dick has been an extremely talented sportsman in the fields of Australian football, cricket and athletics but is best known for his association with Australia’s marathon runners. He was Rob de Castella’s physiologist and coached Lisa Martin to a silver medal in the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Dick was the first sport scientist employed by the Australian Institute of Sport. He was awarded the Order of Australia for service to sport and sport science in 1992 and was the ACT Senior Australian of the Year in 2017. Dick is a Professorial Fellow at the University of Canberra’s Research Institute for Sport and Exercise and coached distance runners at last year’s Commonwealth Games.

March 28 and October 10 The Heartbeats

I’m happy to tell you that Margaret on the piano with David, Jim and Robin will be back again, twice. They have been performing for Spiral for more than 15 years. You can mark your diaries now.

February 28 Manon Molle Professional golfer – encore!

Some of you had the pleasure of meeting Manon in February 2018 when she came to Canberra to play in her second professional tournament. Born in France, she grew up in Réunion, studied in New Mexico and is now based in Marrakech. She had a very successful first year on the Ladies European Tour – 20th out of 125, runner up to the Rookie of the Year. She is now ranked 396 in the world – there are seven French players in front of her and 33 behind her. She and a team mate won the Silver medal in the European Championships. Come and catch up with her. I’m hoping (but not promising) that she will bring another golfer with her.

March 7 Capital Folk

Capital Folk present well-known folk music from around the world, featuring a delightful vocalist backed by violin, cello, concertina, flute, recorder, guitar, piano and percussion. Come and enjoy this experienced group who have played at the Arboretum, Lerida Winery and Smith’s Alternative amongst many other places.

March 14 Simeran Maxwell Love and Desire

Simeran is the Curator of International Painting, Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the National Gallery of Australia. She returns to Spiral to talk about the current exhibition of Pre-Raphaelite masterpieces from the Tate Gallery in London. It is gorgeous, you have until April 28 to enjoy it.

March 21 Annie Florence Journeys to Lumbini: birth place of the Buddha.

Annie (a retired nurse educator) will tell us about her journeys over the past 14 years to Nepal. She has travelled there six times to live and teach English in a school, in the poverty-stricken area of Lumbini. Lumbini is a UNESCO World Heritage Area in southern Nepal. Annie will introduce us to two amazing families that have embraced her into their family’s lives.

Date to be confirmed Geoff Alves “Tales of a Grocer’s Son”

Working in his father’s grocery shop as a 10-year-old made Geoff look for other things to do later in life. He started his working life as a teacher before moving into publishing. Geoff’s talk is an illustrated show-and-tell about the history of grocery product. This will be very nostalgic, you may be surprised to revisit brands you had long forgotten.

Date to be confirmed Professor Nicholas Brown The History of Canberra

Professor Brown’s book on the history of Canberra begins with an anecdote concerning 19-year-old James Brown, convicted of assault and theft in Edinburgh in 1834, being assigned as a convict labourer to the owner of Lanyon. Nick, a descendent of this James, has a fascinating story to tell about early Canberra through to its selection as the national capital and its development since then.

April 18 Anna Weatherly “Death in the Year of Peace: 1919 a Bermagui Mystery

This novel is self-published by Canberra author, Anna Weatherly. It is set in the quiet southern NSW coastal town. Anna will be in conversation with Sue Driscoll.

We are people from varied backgrounds, occupations and origins. Mostly retired, mostly over 60 – we welcome anyone who wants to join us. While the Uniting Church provides great support to us there is no religious nature to our meetings. Age is no restriction – we have some active 90-year-olds amongst us, and you can come even if you are less than 60.

We are seeking new members so please share this newsletter with as many people as you can – you are guaranteed a warm welcome.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me, Brett Yeats, on 6281 7684 or at yeatsb. Other contacts are Sue Driscoll on 0418 697 240 or at suedrisc and Angelika Dunker on 6281 4023 or 0491 120 556 or at angelika.dunker .