Woden Seniors Inc

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


Fortnightly News 18/8/2017

2017 Big Book Fair

The BIG Book Fair held last weekend was a resounding success raising $22,000 for the Club. As a self-funded organisation, fund raising is important and these funds will benefit all members as it enables us to continue to maintain and improve the Club facilities.

We had a huge amount of books to sell and as expected there are plenty left over. Most of the leftovers will go to Lifeline, who are very happy to collect them. Some have gone to the Canberra Hospital patient library and some to the Uniting Church Yarralumla for a Spinal ACT book-stall this weekend.

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 shelves in the veranda – 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:

  • Judy Bartlett for a mammoth effort in undertaking the overall organisation of the books on sale.
  • The fantastic team members that spent many hours every week over the last year cleaning, sorting and packing books. These teams lead by Judy Bartlett operated on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings and were responsible for the high quality of the books offered.
  • The Special Events Committee members who organised the cafe lead by Cindy McMillan, Lutana McLeod and Sue Allen.
  • The welcome team lead by Jennifer Pratten who collected 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.
  • Des Davies and the table tennis group for moving hundreds of boxes.
  • 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.
  • 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.


A Scrabble group will be starting on Tuesday 22 August 2017 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, the next meeting due on Friday 25 August will discuss ‘Big Little Lies’ by Liane Moriarty. Newcomers always welcome.

Friday 25 August: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty;

Friday 29 September: Owls Do Cry by Janet Frame;

Friday 27 October: The Happiest Refugee by Anh Do;

Friday 24 November: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

And there will be lunch of the group in December.

My Aged Care Information Day

Presented by Ms. Wendy Bateman, Manager, RSL Aged and Health Support Victoria. Personnel from MyAgedCare, ACT COTA, OPAN & DVA will also be in attendance.

When: 2 – 4pm, 5th September 2017,

Where: Hughes Community Centre, Wisdom Street, Hughes (next to the Hughes Shops)

RSVP to: president or ring Pat McCabe on 02 6291 9185 or 0417 291 546.

This presentation is supported by ACT KOC Members, ACT COTA, Belconnen Support Centre and Woden Valley Support Centre.

Afternoon tea will be provided by ACT COTA


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.

August 24 Kate Armstrong from OPH

Kate is a curator at theMuseum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. She will be talking about their current exhibition Finders Keepers: Collectors and their Stories which is a peek into the personal collections of five fascinating collectors. She may even bring an item or two with her.

August 31 Lisa Elliott from the NAA.

Lisa will join us to tell us about the current exhibition at the National Archives of Australia’s The Way of the Reformer: Gough Whitlam in His Century. I’ve seen this exhibition but I need to return to see it again – there are so many interesting things to see.

Gough Whitlam shaped the Australian nation, before that, the Australian nation shaped him. This exhibition tells the story of the man behind the legacy – the bright Canberra schoolboy obsessed with Greek mythology, the RAAF navigator braving hazardous skies at the height of the Pacific war, and a young father starting a family on the urban fringe. You have until September 3 to catch it.

September 7 Andy Millar Lost At Sea: Found At Fukushima

On a calm, tropical afternoon in the South Atlantic Ocean in April 1942, a British tramp steamer was shelled, torpedoed and sunk by a German raider. One of the survivors rescued by the Germans and interned on a succession of prison ships, before being handed over to the Japanese was Second Mate David Millar. Badly wounded, David spent the rest of the war as a POW in a camp at Fukushima, north of Tokyo. Come and meet David’s son Andy, the author of this gripping and amazing story.

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

Justice of the Peace

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