Woden Seniors Inc

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


Fortnightly News 12/4/2019

Bridge Classes – all levels

No classes for 15th, 22nd & 29th April.

Classes recommence on Monday 6th May at 1.30 pm.

BIG Book Fair

Preparations are well under way for the BIG Book Fair which is now only four months away. It will be held on 9, 10 and 11 August this year.

If you or your friends are thinking about donating books we encourage you to do it sooner rather than later so that we have time to clean and categorise them.

The Woden Experiment

If you have noticed the “Woden Experiment” – in the square at Woden, we have been asked to tell you that any groups who wish to use this space, may take up the opportunity to do this.

Possible activities could be:

  • Craft workshops
  • Fitness, choir, dance demonstrations

If any members or groups at the club are interested please contact Polly and she will give you the relevant details. Otherwise just enjoy the space to meet and chat.

Damaged floorboard in hall 2

There is damaged floorboard in Hall 2, there is a small plastic table covering it. Thank you for your patience. We are working on it. We’ve now received three quotes to repair it.

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.


CARERS ACT will have representatives in the Club 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.

Justice of the Peace

You will find Maureen in Club on Tuesdays & Thursdays between 11.00 am and 3 pm 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.

April 18 Anna Weatherly Death in the Year of Peace

Hackett author, Anna Weatherly, has recently published a murder-mystery set in the south coast village of Bermagui in the year 1919. The novel’s title is Death in the Year of Peace. Although the mystery component of the plot is fictional, Anna has written about real events of 1919 Bermagui. From a historical perspective 1919 turned out to be a significant year, with drought and floods, returning soldiers, and the terrifying Spanish Flu epidemic. Anna will be in conversation with Sue Driscoll.

April 25 ANZAC Day No meeting

May 23 Dr Georgia Pike ‘Que Sera Sera’: music outreach and dementia.

Dr Georgia Pike is a practitioner, presenter and researcher focussed on enhancing community and human wellbeing through the arts. A born-and-bred Canberran, she is singer, educator, community outreach facilitator and transdisciplinary researcher, and currently a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Research in Ageing, Health and Wellbeing at the Australian National University (ANU). In this presentation, Georgia will speak about her current collaboration with the ANU Centre for Mental Health Research, evaluating the efficacy of music outreach approaches on the wellbeing of people living with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in a residential setting. She will share some of the songs that are particularly popular at the care facility at which the project is based, and the effect that they can have on the participating residents. She will also touch on other areas of her work, including her performance background and her work with children and adults living with disabilities.

May 30 Jan Curren China Chalkie

Jan Curren is a Canberra-based retired Sonographer, a grandmother of five and a keen golfer who stepped outside her comfort zone to travel to China with husband Brian to teach English as a second language to students from 1st grade to University level. Jan’s journal formed the basis of her memoir China Chalkie where she writes with candour and humour of their adventures, travels and the wonderful friends made along the way.

June 6 The TiN MuGs

The visit of the Tuesday Night Music Group, a branch of the Monaro Folk Society, was one of the highlights of 2018 at Spiral. I’m thrilled to announce their return – a huge variety of instruments playing Irish, Scottish, German, English and Australian folk tunes – jigs and reels, polkas and mazurkas, waltzes and some songs. Don’t miss this one!

June 20 Joanna Gilmour Carte-o-mania!

Jo has been with the National Portrait Gallery since 2008 and has been a Spiral guest speaker a few times in the past. Today she will talk about the NPG’s collection of cartes de visite, Carte-o-mania! The exhibition celebrates the wit, style and substance of the pocket-sized portraits that were taken and collected like crazy in post-goldrush Australia.

As always, we are 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. 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 .

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