Woden Seniors Inc

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


Fortnightly News 12/5/2017

Book Club – Expression of interest

We are starting a book club that will meet each month on a day that suits participants. The focus of the book club will be determined by participants at an initial meeting, which is most likely to be in the week beginning 22 May. If you are interested in participating please let Polly know.

Round Dancing Beginner’s Class

A new beginner’s class for Round Dancing commenced on Friday 28 April. A session of one and half hours starts at 5.30 pm. Round Dancing is a couples activity, a form of ballroom dancing including all the usual rhythms (Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Rumba, Tango, Cha Cha and many more). Cost for the session will be $7 per person.

Social Ballroom Dancing- New Time Table

Social Ballroom Dancing is on every Tuesday afternoons from 2.00 – 3.30 pm in Hall 2.

2017 Big Book Fair, 11 – 13 August 2017

The Big Book Fair is only three months away! Not much time left to clean out the bookshelf! If you are thinking of donating books we would appreciate them sooner rather than later so that there time for the team to sort and categorise them.


Spiral is a group of senior citizens (60+ to 90+) that meets 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.

May 18 David Bennett from Canberra Repertory

Rep’s next production, which opens on May 4 and closes on May 20, is the wonderful and startlingly relevant Arthur Miller play “A View From The Bridge”. David, Rep’s current president, has a leading role in the play.

On Friday afternoon, I would like to make a group booking for the matinee performance (2.00 pm start) on Sunday 14 May. Normal tickets are $45 or $38 for Seniors. If we can get a group of six the price drops to $35. I currently have four people interested. A good way to celebrate Mothers Day. Can I find another two (or more) people? You don’t have to be Spiral attendees. We may be able to assist with transport. Email me or ring me on 6281 7684.

May 25 TBA

June 1 Catriona Donnelly Freewheeling

Freewheeling is the new exhibition at the National Museum of Australia and Catriona is its curator. If you’ve ever ridden a bicycle you should enjoy this talk which explores the history of cycling in Australia.

June 8 Stephanie Pfennigwerth The Opening Day: 9 May 1927

You may have noticed in the news a new exhibition opened at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. The Opening Day: 9 May 1927 marks the 90th anniversary. Stephanie, the curator, took me through the exhibition on Tuesday. Fascinating, and Stephanie has a wealth of background to share with you. Don’t miss this golden opportunity.

June 15 Canberra Mandolin Orchestra

Formed in 2003, this talented group has performed at the High Court, Government House and the National Folk Festival. We are privileged to have them perform for us – again.

June 22 or 29 David Boddy LEGO lover and community champion

David was an ACT finalist in the Local Hero category of this year’s Australian of the Year awards. David established the Canberra LEGO Users Group in 2009, the driving force behind the Canberra Brick Expo. Since then the Expo has raised more than $250,000 for the Canberra Hospital. Be amazed by what can be done with LEGO bricks. For example, there is a 92,000-piece portrait of the Queen at Old Parliament House!

July 13 Caroline Le Couteur

You might be surprised when you meet Caroline and learn more about her.

August 3 The Heartbeats

We had 42 people along last week for the Heartbeats. They will return in August with a new, fresh repertoire.

Spiral contacts.

Brett Yeats – phone 6281 7684 or email address is yeatsb

Mavis Angove – 0438 460 813 or 6292 1437 or mavisangove

Sara York – 0419 587 578 or sarawyork

Sue Driscoll – 0418 697 240 or suedrisc

Angelika Dunker – 6281 4023 or angelika.dunker

Betty Yeats – 6281 5679

Justice of the Peace

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