Woden Seniors Inc

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


Fortnightly News 20/7/2018

Volunteers needed for Book Fair

The Book Fair needs many people to help to ensure its success. Many members have already indicated they are available to help. We would like to spread the load and are calling for more volunteers to help with the following:

  • Emptying the container
  • Setting up
  • Filling the tables during the Book Fair
  • Packing up

If you are able to help with any of these tasks please put your name on the appropriate list at the counter.

Many hands make light work!

Donations of Food for Cofffee Shop

We will be serving the following foods over the 3 days of the Book Fair Any donations of food will be gratefully received.

  • soup & bread
  • sandwiches
  • slices, biscuits & cakes

Please make sure all donations are NUT FREE.

Please DO NOT provide food that contains cream, cream cheese, custard as filling or toppings.

Please write a list of ingredients for each donation.

Polly will have forms for you to indicate days & types of food you are donating.

Any queries contact Sue Allen 0412 044 449.

BIG Book Fair – only three weeks to go!!

The BIG Book Fair is only three weeks away so keep publicising it among friends, family and acquaintances.

  • Polly has hundreds of posters for distribution so pick up some soon and put them on poster silos (the big concrete structure outside at many shopping centres), notice boards or in the windows of friendly shop keepers.
  • Take some bookmarks to hand out to members of groups you attend, or to leave for people to pick up in prominent places, or put in letterboxes.

Bridge Classes

New Beginners – classes commence on Monday 23rd July at 1.30 pm.

Continuing students – classes commence on Monday 23rd July at 2.00 pm.

Recipes from Nutrition Australia (ACT)

We were fortunate to have Nutrition Australia (ACT) and some University of Canberra Masters of Nutrition and Dietetics students give us a short and informative session on nutrition and healthy ageing recently.

If you are looking for inspiration on nutrition check out the ACT Nutrition Support Service Recipes Page http://www.actnss.org/home/recipes/ .


A Scrabble group meets on Monday afternoons from 2.00 – 4.00 pm in the Dining Room next to hall 1. 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 27 July to discuss ‘The Lake House’ by Kat Morton.

Friday 31 August: The People Smuggler by Robin 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!

Book Fair 10 – 12 August 10.00 am – 4.00 pm

AGM Monday 17 September

Seniors Concert Sunday 21 October

Melbourne Cup Tuesday 6 November

Christmas Party Friday 7 December

Seeking participants for a study on radio listening

Researchers from The University of Melbourne are looking for individuals to help us understand how radio impacts the lives of older adults. This will provide insights on current radio listening practices and how they might relate to older listeners’ sense of well-being.

Participants will only need to complete a short questionnaire online (paper copies are also available upon request):http://bit.ly/cbfsurvey

People are eligible to join this study if they are 65 years or older.

Project Title: Radio for well-being engagement

Project Ethics ID: 1749766.

More information: Amanda Krause | (03) 9035 6134 | Amanda.Krause | www.cbf.com.au/wellbeing

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


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.

July 26 Frances McGee A tribute to Manuka Pool swimmers

Frances, a member of the Canberra and District Historical Society, will talk about the research she has done on nine Canberrans who enlisted during the Second World War. All were swimmers at Manuka Pool, none of them came back.

While the Uniting Church provides great support to us there is no religious nature to our meetings. Atheists, Christians, Buddhists – all welcome. Age is no restriction – we have some active 90-year olds amongst us and you can even come if you are less than 60. 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 Sue Driscoll on 0418 697 240 or at suedrisc

Southern Cross Club community benefits scheme

The Southern Cross Club has included us again in their Community Benefits Scheme. Any person who is a member of the Southern Cross Club can assign their benefits to Spiral. Once your card is registered with Spiral, you simply need to have it swiped when you buy food or drink at the Southern Cross Club, knowing you are helping our club. You do not need to tell any Southern Cross Club staff about it. This scheme is very helpful to our finances.

So please:

Join the Southern Cross Club,

  • encourage friends to do likewise,
  • give CSCC administration your CSCC membership 6 digits number and the name on the badge and they will process it for you, or I can do that if you are willing to share these details with me
  • and then eat, drink and be merry at CSCC at Jamison, Woden, Yarralumla or Tuggeranong, while helping our club.

Justice of the Peace

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