Woden Seniors Inc

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


Fortnightly News 11/10/2019


There is a Scrabble game every Monday afternoon in the Anne Murray Room from 2.00 – 4.00 pm. New players are welcome.

Bridge Classes – all levels

Classes for all levels have resumed after a short break, every Monday at 1.30 pm.

Expression of interest –Volunteering to work with small children

The Lollipop Centre next door has lots of children in need of substitute grandparents. Would some of our members be interested in forming a small group of volunteer grandmas and/or grandpas to go and work with the children on a regular basis (e.g. once a week or a fortnight) on a day to suit. This might involve reading a story, doing craft, playing games etc.

If you are interested please give your name to Polly.

The Vegie Garden

Thanks to all those willing workers who built the wonderful vegepods. There some herbs and vegies planted. Feel free to take some leaves for your dinner. Polly has bags for you to carry your produce home. More will be planted shortly.

The gardeners meet most Fridays and plan to work on the remainder of the club surrounds. If interested in helping please leave your name with Polly.

Expression of interest – Carpet Bowls

We are going to restart Carpet Bowls in the Club after the floor in Hall 2 has been repaired, date and time to be confirmed. Let Polly know if you are interested in playing and we will keep you informed.

Warrani Chorale – A Musical Celebration

Songs of friendship, hope, harmony, nature awareness and celebration

This program includes a couple of songs from well-known musicals, as well as other timeless favourites.

When: Wednesday 20 November 2019 from 10.30 – 12.00 noon

Where: Weston Creek Uniting Church

Parkinson St, Weston

Gold coin donation. Light refreshments provided

Justice of the Peace

Maureen is taking sometime off during the colder months. If you need a Justice of the Peace please go to the Woden police station.

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.

October 17 Brian Hungerford – Author, storyteller, musician

Margaret Throsby (ABC) has described Brian as “a wonderful man, one of the world’s finest storytellers.” Brian joined us in May 2017 and is back because, on September 28 which happened to be his 84th birthday, he launched his latest book of delightful short stories: She Said She Knew Which Side of the Family That Came From. This book will be available at a discounted price of $20 (up to $35 in some bookshops) and Brian will sign and dedicate each book if requested. And he will play one of his smaller bagpipes for your enjoyment too.

October 24 Dr Malcolm Allbrook Australian Dictionary of Biography (ADB)

The ADB, one of my favourite websites, is Australia’s pre-eminent dictionary of national biography. In it you will find concise, informative and fascinating descriptions of the lives of 13,000+ significant persons in Australian history. Malcolm, the Managing Editor, will talk about some of the local entries.

October 31 Cancelled (sorry)

November 7 Cara Smith Indigenous Marathon Project (IMP)

The IMP was established in 2009 by world marathon champion, Rob de Castella. In 2010 four Indigenous Australians created history by running in the world’s biggest marathon – the New York City Marathon. The IMP has grown significantly with now 86 graduates finishing a major international marathon.

Cara is a proud Aboriginal woman from Githebal country in northern NSW. The mother of three-year-old Zachariah, she comes from a family of five children, with a larger, extended family spread across northern NSW, southern Queensland and Sydney. After completing a Bachelor of Business at Griffith University, Cara worked in a variety of hospitality and marketing roles before settling in Canberra seven years ago. Cara joined the Queanbeyan Deadly Runners, completed the New York, Canberra and Berlin marathons and now manages Deadly Running Australia.

Cara will be in conversation with Cindy Young who some of you may remember from when she spoke about her multiple walks along the Camino de Santiago.

November 14 Alice Ferguson Waiting in the Wings

Waiting in the Wings is a Noel Coward play set in The Wings, a retirement home for actresses. Alice has a deep involvement in theatre in Canberra and has joined us before to talk about REP plays. She has a small part in this one but knows all about the play and about Noel Coward. Catch this Canberra REP season between 27 November – 7 December at Theatre 3 in Acton.

November 21 John Morland Our Sun, our Star

Our Sun is the centre of our solar system. It is the closest star to our planet; it is our own star. It is due to it that we are here. John will talk about its physical properties, its structure, its history and its future. John will discuss how astronomers tried to find what was actually happening, what powers the sun, its effect on Earth, its magnetic field and the auroras, its atmosphere and how to safely observe our sun and the most wondrous natural event – a total solar eclipse.

November 28 or December 6 (TBC) Latham Primary School Choir

Hard to believe that this is the 10th anniversary of children from Latham Primary entertaining us. In the light of the success of the ABC TV show, Old People’s Home For 4 Year Olds, this year should be an extra memorable visit.

December 5 The Annual Spiral Christmas Lunch

A traditional lunch, starting at noon, to celebrate the end of another year where we have welcomed many new faces and been generously supported by so many people is this wonderful Canberra community. Normal service will resume on Thursday 6 February 2020.

We are people from varied backgrounds, occupations and origins. Mostly retired, ages range from 60 to 90+and there is no religious nature to our meetings. 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 .