Woden Seniors Inc

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


Fortnightly News 1/3/2019

iPad class – Brush up on Safari

Judy is offering a one session course on some of the more problematic features of the Safari app ie the Internet browser.

It will cover:

  • Bookmarking favourite sites
  • Creating folders for bookmarks
  • Using tabs
  • Accessing search history

It will be held on Thursday 21 March from 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm.

There are six places.

If you would like to enrol please contact the office.

Mural on the South wall of the Club

Over the next couple of weeks you may notice a lot of activity on the south wall of the Club. The ACT Government is funding the development of a mural to cover the wall and the container in an attempt to reduce the amount of graffiti on the wall.

Expression of interest – Carpet Bowls

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) have resumed. Mondays 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.


CARERS ACT will have representatives here each Monday from 9.30 – noon. They are here to help our members with My Aged Care Referral especially in reference to Social Support Referrals. Members can attend club activities (still paying the Activity Fee) and possibly get transport arranged to attend these activities.

As part of this partnership with CARERS ACT any members who have a Social Support Referral and attend any activities at the club, the Government will subsidise the club at $15 an hour to support all we do here. You can talk to these representatives in the Anne Murray Room and they will help you through My Aged Care Referral and explain all the various support that is offered.

The representatives are Susanne and Gordana and at various times Tracey. Please feel free to come and speak to them any Monday from 9.30 – 12.00. They are also willing to help people who are caring for others and need to find out about services or help with paperwork, and online support.

Expressions of interest are now being sought for the Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing (the Council)

The Council provides a link between the Minister for Seniors and Veterans and older people in the ACT. The Council assists the Government in developing and implementing positive ageing policies, to advance the status and interests of older people in our community.

We are keen to receive expressions of interest from people who have a demonstrated commitment to the advancement of older people and who have a particular interest in creating an age-friendly city and countering elder abuse.

The Council seeks representation from people with diverse backgrounds, experiences and abilities to apply and become a voice for older people in Canberra.

To apply please visit:


For more information and link to the referee proforma template please visit:


Expressions of interest are now open and close on Tuesday, 12 March 2019, 5pm.

Rebecca Adams


Policy Officer I Office for Seniors and Veterans

Inclusion and Participation I Community Services Directorate

Level 4, 11 Moore Street, Canberra City I GPO Box 158 CANBERRA ACT 2601 I www.act.gov.au

My standard business hours are: Monday -Thursday

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 meets at the Uniting Church in Gillies Street, Curtin on Thursday mornings. 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.

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.

Spiral comprise 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.

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 .