Woden Seniors Inc

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


Fortnightly News 17/3/2017

Woden Seniors 45th Birthday Anniversary Celebrations!

This year the Woden Seniors Club celebrates its 45th Anniversary! The Club started in a very small way in a private house 45 years ago on 23rd October, and look at it now! We want to make the celebrations something special for all our members. We could have an Open Day? High Tea? a Concert? There are lots of possibilities. If you are interested in helping out or have ideas on what would be fun to do, please let Polly know.

Social Ballroom Dancing- New Time Table from 28 March 2017

Social Ballroom Dancing will be on Tuesday afternoons from 1.30 – 3.30 pm from 28 March 2017 in Hall 2.

ACT Seniors Week: 18 – 26 March

ACT Seniors Week is an annual celebration featuring hundreds of free events held across the ACT by government, community and commercial organisations.

The objectives of Seniors Week are:

• Encourage older people to live healthy an active lifestyles all year round.

• Demonstrate that older age can be a time of learning and adventure.

• Celebrate older people and their continuing contribution to family, friends, workplaces and communities, and across generations.

You can find the ACT Seniors Week program here: seniors-week-2017

Seniors Expo

As part of Seniors Week 2017, there is ONE BIG DAY, 10:00am – 3:00pm Thursday 23 March 2017, at Exhibition Park in Canberra.

Featuring Canberra’s own Phil Major on stage at 1pm, cooking demonstrations by Nutrition Australia, participate in the interactive exhibitions and try to crack the code and win $2,000 courtesy of 2CA’s safecracker.

PLUS all the information you need on retirement and aged care, health, leisure, social groups, community and government services, financial, legal and MORE!

More information here: seniors-week-2017/seniors-week-expo


A Guide to Getting Around in Canberra has been put together to help you find your way around the transport system in Canberra. In the Guide, you’ll find information about accessing buses, community transport and taxi options as well as suggestions about what to do if you’re faced with giving up your driver licence.

You can access the Guide from the following link:

A Guide to Getting Around Canberra – 2016

If you open the Guide as a word document, you can go to any part of the document you wish by clicking on the hyperlink in the Table of Contents.

If you have any questions, please contact COTA ACT on 6282 3777 (policy).

2017 Big Book Fair, 11 – 13 August 2017

We are desperately seeking helpers to sort, clean and pack the wonderful donations of books, games (especially old board games), DVDs, vinyl records, CDs, postcards, and jigsaw puzzles for our 2017 Big Book Fair.

  • One of the team will be in the Veranda from 10 am to 12 noon on Monday, Wednesday and Friday to show new volunteers what to do.
  • It is a very easy task and involves cleaning and sorting the books. There are detailed guidelines available on what to do.
  • If you would prefer another time we will arrange a mutual time that suits you and one of the team to be there to show new volunteers what to do.


March 23 Tony Turner

Star of stage and screen, Tony is directing Repertory’s season of Trelawney of the Wells. This “fast paced portrayal of theatrical-company life in the 1860s” runs from March 29 to April 9 and is well suited to an audience like us.

April 6 Gai Brodtmann

Gai, our local member in the House of Representatives, recognised our founder Gwenyth George as a “legend” in a speech in the House of Representatives on 26 November, 2012. She is coming along to meet us and to talk about the work she does.

May 6 (and August 3) The Heartbeats

Are you one of the people who has been asking me when The Heartbeats are performing for us this year? Fun, laughter and familiar songs from the boys accompanied, as always, by the lovely Margaret on piano. Here are their dates. Note: when The Heartbeats play for us we will have morning tea first and they will perform from 11.00.

Still to confirm dates are:

Paul Jurak – the kayak cameraman

Dr Susannah Helman – curator of The Sell: Australian Advertising 1790s to 1990s, the current exhibition at the National Library,

Opera singer Rachael Duncan, one of the most popular visitors in 2016.

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

Location: The Uniting Church in Gillies Street, Curtin.

Time: Speakers will commence at 10.10 and most will join us for the morning tea which will follow.

The Spiral Photo Album gives a good sense of who we are and what we do.

We are a group of senior citizens (60+ to 90+), we are non-denominational with people from varied backgrounds, occupations and origins. There are no fees but a $1 contribution to costs is requested. We are 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 above.

Justice of the Peace

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