Woden Seniors Inc

Over 45 years of providing Community Service to the over-50s of Canberra


Fortnightly News 11/5/2018

Many thanks to all club members for their support by cleaning up after using cups and glasses in the three rooms. Thanks too to those members who take tea towels and other things home to wash. This willingness to clean up after each group means the club stays clean and welcoming to all.

Using iCloud and iDrive on an iPad Workshop

A workshop on using iCloud and iDrive on an iPad will be held on Thursday 24 May 2018 from 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm.

iCloud is a free cloud-based storage service which can be used to synchronize data between your other devices (iPads, iPhones, and computers). It can also be used to share information with others and to manage your photo library. iCloud Drive is used to access and manage the files on iCloud from your iPad.

This workshop is intended to provide a better understanding of using iCloud and iDrive with an iPad. It will cover setting up an iCloud account, configuring iCloud on an iPad; connecting to iCloud; main functions and core synchronization services provided by iCloud; using iCloud to store, share and synchronize data and manage the iCloud Photo Library; and using iCloud Drive with the iPad Files app.

Important Note: This workshop is for advanced iPad users who have a need to store documents and other data at an external (cloud) location and/or synchronize their data with other devices and/or share data with other people. Members who do not have these needs will not benefit from this course.

To enroll send an email to admin@wodenseniors.org.au with an expression of interest indicating the purposes for which you use or intend using iCloud.

Note: We have jam, plants and cards for sale, produced and donated by our members. All money goes to the Club. Many thanks to all those generous people.

Bridge Classes 2018

Bridge classes recommenced on Monday 16th April.

Beginners Continuing – 1:30 – 3:30, classes for new beginners will be held in July

Improvers – 2:00 – 4:00 pm


A Scrabble group meets on Monday afternoons from 2.00 – 4.00 pm in the Dining Room next to hall 1. Drop in if you feel like a game.

Woden Seniors Book Club

The Book Club meets in the Anne Murray Room at 10:30am on the last Friday of the month.

Next meeting will be on Friday 25 May to discuss ‘The Glass Lake’ by Maeve Binchy.

Friday 29 June: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi;

Friday 27 June: The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton;

Newcomers always welcome.

Club Events for 2018

Save the dates!

Book Fair 10 – 12 August 10.00 am – 4.00 pm

AGM Monday 17 September

Seniors Concert Sunday 21 October

Melbourne Cup Tuesday 6 November

Christmas Party Friday 7 December

Seeking participants for a study on radio listening

Researchers from The University of Melbourne are looking for individuals to help us understand how radio impacts the lives of older adults. This will provide insights on current radio listening practices and how they might relate to older listeners’ sense of well-being.

Participants will only need to complete a short questionnaire online (paper copies are also available upon request):http://bit.ly/cbfsurvey

People are eligible to join this study if they are 65 years or older.

Project Title: Radio for well-being engagement

Project Ethics ID: 1749766.

More information: Amanda Krause | (03) 9035 6134 | Amanda.Krause | www.cbf.com.au/wellbeing

ACT Waste Management website

This is a very useful website for information on household and recycling collections. It has an amazing A-Z of recycling for how to dispose of anything safely. For example did you know you can leave paint and gas bottles for free at Mugga Lane and Mitchell? https://www.tccs.act.gov.au/recycling-and-waste


Spiral is a group of senior citizens (60+ to 90+) that meet each Thursday morning, they are non-denominational with people from varied backgrounds, occupations and origins. The Spiral Photo Album gives a good sense of who they are and what they do. There are no fees but a $1 contribution to costs is requested. Spiral is seeking new members, helpers and guest speakers. You are not obliged to come every week and you can come for the talk and/or the morning tea. Any questions or suggestions please contact me or one of the other people on the list below.

Location: The Uniting Church in Gillies Street, Curtin.

When: Thursday morning.

Time: Speakers will commence at 10.10 and most will join us for the morning tea that will follow.

Please share this newsletter with as many people as you can and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me – Brett Yeats – on 6281 7684 or at yeatsb. You can also contact Angelika Dunker on 6281 4023 or at angelika.dunker

May 17 John Warhurst Sport and Religion and Politicians

John Warhurst is an emeritus professor of political science at the ANU and has written weekly for the Canberra Times for the past 20 years. Born and educated in Adelaide he has been a life-long academic and sports nut. His U3A course on “Australian Sporting History” is now in its fifth year.

May 24 Tony Turner Radio on Repertory Lane

Tony Turner is another repeat guest speaker. ANU Academic. Experienced actor and director both on film and at the iconic Canberra Repertory. Rep is presenting Radio on Repertory Lane from June 7 – 16. Tony will tell you why you should come along.

May 31Hayley Teasdale, Neuroscientist

Ori­gin­ally from coun­try Vic­toria, Hay­ley Teas­dale is now a PhD can­did­ate at the Uni­vers­ity of Can­berra. She is a neur­os­cient­ist with her work mainly focused on Parkinson’s dis­ease, she uses non-invas­ive brain stim­u­la­tion to try and com­bat symp­toms. She is par­tic­u­larly inter­ested in neuro­plas­ti­city and looks at how this affects every­day life.

June 7 Curator Cheryl Crilly from the National Museum of Australia

The Art of Science: Nicolas Baudin’s Voyagers 1800–1804. Learn about this exhibition where you can see exquisite illustrations of Australian animals and marine life, as well as striking portraits of Aboriginal people, rare documents and hand-drawn maps from Nicolas Baudin’s expedition to Australia. Discover the ambitions behind this lavishly funded French voyage and experience a captivating fusion of art and science.

June 21 Rachael Duncan – opera singer

Rachael was with us in October 2016 and many have asked me when we could get her back. Now you know. Learn what she has been up to since we saw her, and you will definitely get to hear her lovely voice.

June 21 TBA

June 28 Canberra Mandolin Orchestra

I saw many of the mandoliners at the recent National Folk Festival – I wonder what new pieces they’ve added to their repertoire since they were with us in June 2017. If you haven’t experienced many mandolins playing together you really should try to get along to this concert. If you have then I have no doubt that you will return.

July 5 Brett McNamara Shaping the nature of the bush capital.

As you turn on the tap and the water flows have you ever wondered the origins of that precious drop? Why is the ACT border shaped the way it is? Brett, a Senior Manager at ACT Parks & Conservation Service with more than 30 years’ experience, will take us on a journey of discovery from pioneering high-country surveyors to those custodians who are tasked today to manage our water catchments for generations to follow. You are guaranteed to think twice about that leaking tap.

July 12 Nola Anderson “A Passion For Glass: the life and work of Klaus Moje”

Nola is currently working on a biography of Klaus. Nola will talk about this and will also tell us about the history of Canberra Glassworks.

Justice of the Peace

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