Woden Seniors Inc

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


Fortnightly News 12/8/2016

The 3rd Big Book Fair: Friday 12 – Sunday 14 August 2016

The Third BIG Book Fair is on now. Drop in for a browse and a cuppa over the week end. The dates and times are:

Friday 12 August 11 am to 6 pm

Saturday 13 August 10 am to 4 pm

Sunday 14 August 10 am to 4 pm.

Tuesday Bridge

Due to a number of absences there will be no Tuesday morning Bridge sessions during August. Thursday and Saturday Bridge sessions will continue as usual.

Member Concert – 2pm Sunday 18 September

The Club is holding a concert featuring members from various activities within the Club at 2pm on Sunday 18 September.

Members will be our star performers plus a couple of other small groups that regularly practice in the Club, the Chordsmen and a Brindabella Orchestra quartet.

Admission is free but guests may like to make a gold coin donation.

Friendship Force International Friends at Home-Travel Abroad.

Do you travel and enjoy experiences off the tourist trail? Retired or almost retired and like to make new friends? Then Friendship Force International could be for you.

Through the Friendship Force home hospitality program, members share meals, conversations and authentic sights and experiences with club members all over the world. There are 300 programs across 60 countries each year.

Through home hosting, arranged by the Canberra District Club of Friendship Force, international members come to you. It’s a rewarding experience to share our culture and return hospitality we’ve enjoyed abroad.

Contact Wendy Smith on 6299 4070 or wjsmith10 or Chris Bunn on 6241 2968 or chris_b for more information.

Spiral program until September 15.

Spiral is a group of senior citizens (60+ to 90+) which meets at the St. James Uniting Church in Curtin each Thursday from 10.00 am till midday.

August 18 Dawn Waterhouse and Shirley Temple

Some of us met Dawn when we visited Calthorpes’ House in April and she played the pianola for us. Sadly, Shirley died in 2014 after a remarkable life which will surprise many who remember her as a child actress. Dawn will talk about her very extensive collection of memorabilia of Shirley Temple and her admiration for her. You can get a taste here.

August 25 The History of Spiral

Many people have asked about when Spiral started, why did it start and why are we called Spiral. You will get all the answers from Gwenyth George who was the instigator back in 1970 and from Sue Murray, her longest serving ally.

September 1 Bingo

We haven’t done bingo for years. Some people miss it – here is your chance to play again.

September 8 Home security and scams

In 2016 life can be not what our parents experienced. Unfortunately there are some nasty people out there targeting the more vulnerable members of our community. ACT Police are coming to explain some of the scams aimed at older people and ways that you can be more secure in your homes.

September 15 Harpers Bizarre

A band of harmonica players who can come up with a name like this have to be worth listening to. When you come along you can expect a variety of tunes from a mixture of categories, e.g. blues, pop and folk. You will also learn a little about the history of harmonicas and how their use has evolved over time in different settings. A rare opportunity, there are few harmonica groups about these days.

For more information please contact Gwenyth George on 6286 5004, Sue Murray on 6281 6974 or Sue Driscoll on 0418 697 240 or at suedrisc@hotmail.com. I’m still at yeatsb@iinet.net.au.

Please share this information and remember you can come to as many or as few events as you please.

2016 Battle for Australia Day National Commemorative Ceremony

The 2016 Battle for Australia Day National Commemorative Ceremony will be held in the Captain Reg Saunders Courtyard of the Australian War Memorial on Wednesday 7 September 2016 commencing at 11.00am.

Those attending should be seated by 10.45 am. Queries should be directed to the Battle for Australia National Ceremony Coordinator Colonel John Jackson (Ret’d) (02) 6288 3373 or john.jackson

or the Events and Ceremonies Office – Australian War Memorial

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Justice of the Peace

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