Woden Seniors Inc

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


Fortnightly News 16/2/2018

Computer and Ipad Courses

In 2018 we will not run regular courses on using computers but will continue to offer courses on using iPads.

We will offer a four-week Beginner’s Course on using the Apple iPad several times in 2018. Details are on the ‘Computer Activities’ noticeboard.

We will also offer short courses every now and then on specific topics for those who have a basic understanding of the iPad but want to improve particular skills e.g. email, photos, using the calendar. These short courses will be advertised in the Fortnightly News.

New iPad Course – Photos

Diana will run this course over two sessions from 10 am to 12 noon on Wednesday 7 March and Wednesday 21 March.

It is suitable for those who can use an iPad but know very little about the camera in an iPad. The main areas to cover will be:

  • Camera settings and buttons.
  • Practice at taking photos.
  • The Photo App and how the photos are organised.
  • Creating Albums & selecting photos
  • Sharing photos including emailing
  • Editing photos
  • Making & viewing videos
  • Photo Booth & Facetime

If you would like to enrol phone the office. There will be six places.

Scrabble – Change of Day

A Scrabble group meets on Monday afternoons from 2.00 – 4.00 pm in the Anne Murray Room. 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 23 February to discuss ‘Jasper Jones’ by Craig Silvey. Newcomers always welcome.

Expression of Interest in playing Rickety Kate (Hearts or Black Maria)

Expressions of interest are sought for playing the card game Rickety Kate, sometimes known as Hearts or Black Maria?

A good game is had with either 3 or 4 people.

Possible times are Thursday or Friday afternoon from, say, either 1.30 pm to 4 pm or 2 pm to 4 pm, in The Anne Murray Room.

Bridge Classes 2018

Bridge classes recommence on Monday 5th February.

Beginners – 1:30 – 3:30

Improvers – 2:00 – 4:00


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

Here are the bookings that I can confirm in this, the first newsletter of the year.

February 1 Denis Farrar My 40 years as a lawyer…has it been a waste of time?

Denis is a founding partner at Farrar, Gesini and Dunn, a family lawyer with great experience and knowledge but also a very interesting fellow outside his legal life.

February 8 Manon Mollé Professional Golfer

Royal Canberra Golf Club is presenting the biggest tournament in Canberra since the 2013 Australian Women’s Open from 9 – 11 February. Manon will be billeting with my wife and I and has agreed to join us on the day of the Pro-Am. Manon is from Brittany, did college at the University of New Mexico and now lives in Morocco.

February 15 Ann-Mari Jordens Hope: Refugees and their supporters in Australia since 1947

Ann-Mari, is a historian who has published widely on citizenship, immigration, war and society, and Australian cultural history. Ann-Mari recorded 28 interviews with refugees for the National Library Oral History Collection which formed the basis for her inspirational book, Hope. In conversation, we will hear Ann-Mari’s story and then hear about some of those who feature in the book. This is still a very current and very important subject. Come along.

March 15 Tammy Ven Dange The Misadventures of Chris The Sheep

Tammy Ven Dange, CEO of the RSPCA, returns with the book she wrote about Chris, the once-errant sheep rescued from Mulligans Flat in 2015. Chris made international headlines and a Guinness World record when he was given a life-saving shear of 41.1 kilograms of wool. Book for sale, proceeds to RSPCA ACT.

March 22 The Heartbeats

Neil Diamond and Elton John (in three years’ time) have announced their retirements but The Heartbeats have finished rehearsing their new repertoire for 2018. Fun, laughter and familiar songs from the boys accompanied, as always, by the lovely Margaret on piano. Note: we will serve morning tea first before the concert starting at 11.00.

Stand by for lots more exciting news. I’ve attached a summary of last year’s schedule for those not familiar with who we are and what we do. Let me know of anyone who can be added to the newsletter list, and if you want to be removed just let me know.

All the best,


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.

Justice of the Peace 

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