Woden Seniors Inc

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


Fortnightly News 17/8/2018

Book Fair

The BIG Book Fair held last weekend was a resounding success which raised $24,500 for the Club.

We had a huge amount of books to sell and as expected there was plenty left over. Most of the leftovers have gone to Lifeline, who were very happy to collect them. Some have gone to the Uniting Church Yarralumla book stall.

Left over magazines are available for Members to take for free. You may like to give them to friends, family, or organisations e.g. medical centres – whoever may appreciate them. They are on the bench in hall 2 – so have a look and take any you like.

The success of such an event depends on the support of a large number of members. The whole Club, as a self-funded organisation, benefits from the Book Fair.

Special thanks go to:

  • The fantastic members of the teams that spent many hours every week over the last year cleaning, sorting and packing books. These teams led by Judy Bartlett, Margaret Bourke and Chris Mackay and including Jocelyn and Agatha operated on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings and were responsible for the high quality of the books offered.
  • Sue Allen and her team in the Coffee Shop.
  • Those who donated the delicious food for the Coffee Shop.
  • The welcome team led by Jennifer Pratten who collected the entry donations and handed out information.
  • Don Puttick and his helpers on the Checkout.
  • Chris Mackay who managed Hall 1 and all her helpers.
  • Linda Elford who managed Hall 2 and all her helpers.
  • Judy Bartlett for managing the Anne Murray Room.
  • Des Davies and the table tennis group for helping move boxes of books from the container while waiting for their game.
  • The group of men (Tony, Don, Allan, Tyrone and Paul) who picked up and returned the tables.
  • The men who installed the roadside signs.
  • Mark Sheen for the massive task of emptying the container, reorganising it, and refilling it.
  • The Marist students and their teacher Tony Sullivan who helped pack up
  • Margaret Bourke and several other members of the Cumpston family who have been heavily involved for the five Book Fairs so far, including one from interstate.
  • The members who helped set up, fill tables during the event and pack up.
  • Ann Baker and the WOWs (Watercolours on Wednesdays group) for the beautiful cards, bookmarks and display of paintings.
  • The family of members who ‘voluntold’ or were cajoled into helping.
  • Polly for all her assistance.
  • Judy Henderson for the publicity and organisation.
  • Paul McGlew for strong guidance and the heavy lifting.
  • Activity groups for putting up with the disruption just before and after the event.
  • The generous community that donated books, and
  • Last but not least all who came and bought the books and paintings.

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 31 August to discuss ‘The People Smuggler’ by Robin De Crespigny.

Friday 28 September: The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Roy Arundhati

Friday 26 October: Aunts Up The Cross by Robin Dalton;

Friday 30 November: From Lands of Green Ghosts by Pascal Khoo Thwe;

Friday 21 December: Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout;

Newcomers always welcome.

Club Events for 2018

Save the dates!

AGM Monday 17 September

Seniors Concert Sunday 21 October

Melbourne Cup Tuesday 6 November

Christmas Party Friday 7 December

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

Justice of the Peace

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

SPIRAL PROGRAM – meets at the Uniting Church, Curtin

The Spiral Program meets at the Uniting Church in Gillies Street, Curtin every Thursday at 10.00am. Speakers/ performers commence at 10.10am and most will join us for the morning tea which follows. A $1 contribution to costs is requested. The Spiral Program comprise people from varied backgrounds, occupations and origins. Mostly retired, mostly over 60 – we welcome anyone who wants to join us. While the Uniting Church provides great support to us there is no religious nature to our meetings. Age is no restriction – we have some active 90-year olds amongst us and you can even come if you are less than 60. Contact – Brett Yeats – on 6281 7684 or at yeatsb.

August 23 Alex Reynolds The little-known-but-extraordinary story of Olive King

Olive, born in Sydney in 1885 to a wealthy family, was in England when the Great War broke out. She procured a vehicle for use as an ambulance and embarked on a career that is hard to believe. She was showered with honours and returned to Australia in 1921 having made a notable contribution to the war and the peace that followed.

August 30 Brite Notes

The Brite Notes is a not-for-profit group (currently seven performers) who provide entertainment to nearly 50 Community and Aged Care groups throughout the Canberra Region. As well as Canberra they perform in Yass, Goulburn, Cooma, Batehaven, Moruya and Dalmeny. The group has been offering this service for more than 20 years and two of its members have been recognised with OAMs for their service to the community. Members take it in turns to choose a theme. The current program of songs is based on the theme of ‘Land and Water’. We welcome the Brite Notes back for their second Spiral performance.

September 6, 13 and 20 TBA

September 27 TNMG or TiN MuGs

TNMG (Tuesday Night Music Group) is a branch of the Monaro Folk Society that has been meeting on Tuesday nights for 27 years. There are a number of very experienced musicians working with others at beginner and intermediate levels. I met these people playing at the Irish Embassy at a St Patrick’s Day function. Expect at least ten musicians playing a variety of instruments including accordion, concertina, fiddle, banjo, bouzouki, mandolin, guitar, lagerphone, keyboard, ukulele, flute, recorder, Irish Whistle, percussion, and occasionally harp, autoharp and hammer dulcimer. Expect a variety of Irish, Scottish, German, English and Australian folk and bush tunes – jigs and reels, polkas and mazurkas, waltzes and other haunting tunes and some songs.