Woden Seniors Inc

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


Fortnightly News 20/2/2015

Beginner Bridge Lessons
Beginner level Bridge lessons will be commencing at 2.00 pm on Monday 2nd March.  Please contact Margaret Kennedy on 6292 9636 or Polly to register your interest.

Table Tennis
An active and very social group meet to play table tennis at 9.30am on Wednesday and Friday mornings.

Carpet Bowls

If you are looking for a game that is active, strategic and fun then carpet bowls may be for you.  Carpet bowls is on in Hall 2 each Wednesday from 12 noon to 1.30pm.

Car Parking Arrangements at the Club
With reduced public car parking spaces in Woden and the ever-increasing cost, the Seniors Club car park is a very attractive alternative to non-members seeking to avoid paying parking fees.  This has been an ongoing issue over the years, however, more recently we have noticed a more determined band of illegal parkers that are ignoring our efforts to discourage them.   This activity puts pressure on the car park at our busiest times, for example with eleven cars illegally parked in the car park last Wednesday afternoon some members had to pay for alternative car parking.

Consequently, over the coming weeks we will begin wheel-clamping cars that are illegally parked at the Club.  There will be new signs posted at the entrance to the car-park drawing attention to the conditions of entry to the car-park.  Drivers of cars that are wheel clamped will need to contact a security firm to have their car released and pay a fee.

Please ensure that you display your parking permit on the dash of your car when accessing the Club’s facilities.

Seniors Week 2015

COTA ACT has compiled a program of over 200 events for Seniors Week 2015.  These activities give you an opportunity to participate in many varied and unique opportunities in and around Canberra.  More information on the Program is available here: COTA Seniors Week Program

Woden Seniors will be holding Open House from 10am to 2pm Monday 16 to Friday 20 March during Seniors Week this year to give non-members an opportunity to visit the club premises.

Computer and iPad classes

Computer and iPad classes have resumed after the holidays and we expect to have some vacancies in the next couple of months.

At present we are offering the following courses:

Computing for beginners (6 two hour classes run over 6 weeks)
Computing for those with some skills – Brush up on email, Internet and word processing (4 two hour classes run over 4 weeks)
iPads for Beginners (4 two hour classes run over 4 weeks)

Please note computer courses cover the use of a PC running Windows (NOT Apple computers). The iPad course requires that you bring your own Apple iPad to classes – it does not cover any other tablet.

If you are interested in any of these courses please check out the details on the Computer Noticeboard and register your interest on the relevant list.  If you have any questions phone Judy on 6286 8693 (best between 5 pm and 6 pm).

PeaceWorks a Community Based Activity to Commemorate WWI

The Club has been invited to participate in PeaceWorks, a community writing project funded by the Anzac Centenary Project in 2015-16.  It is an opportunity to participate in 2 structured workshops around the theme of ‘Yearning For Peace’ in World War I.  It is hoped that the Project will enable seniors to draw upon artifacts, histories and memories they hold related to the war and develop written works.

The objective of the project is to foster community based activities to solemnly commemorate WWI as a period in Australian history when great sacrifices were made to bring peace to the world.

An introductory workshop will introduce seniors to the scope of the project and provide materials to evoke written responses.  A second workshop will be conducted to assist in developing initial responses to completion.  Members of PeaceWorks who are experienced editors, teachers and writers will conduct these workshops.

Participants will be invited to submit their works for a published book.  An independent panel will judge submissions and an editorial group will then liaise with a publisher.  This book will have ISBN registration and will be advertised to libraries, schools, service clubs etc throughout Australia.

It is hoped to commence workshops in the second half of 2015 and have outcomes developed by Remembrance Day in November.  We need a minimum of 8 participants; if you are interested in being involved in this project please let Polly know.

Justice of the Peace

You will find Maureen in the Anne Murray room on Tuesdays between 10.30am and 1pm for Justice of the Peace matters.  Please note the change of time.

The Big Book Fair in 2015

Margaret Bourke and her team are making good progress cleaning, sorting and pricing books for our Big Book Fair in August.  More books are always welcome.  The Beading group is also preparing items for sale.

ANU Film Group
The ANU Film Group, has launched its new program which comprises 84 individually chosen films covering all genres, blockbusters, foreign language, documentaries and everything in between.  All films are screened at the Coombs Theatre, a lecture theatre by day and a cinema by night with a full sized cinema screen, film and digital projection equipment and cinema quality sound.

Annual membership costs $70 and entitles you to see as many of the 160+ films shown each year.  You also get six guest passes to use with friends/ family.  And a booklet of reviews of each film written by the members.  Semester membership is $40 (and three guest passes).  All you need to experience this amazing value is a love of film and a willingness to come along and see what this film society is about. There is no requirement to have any present or prior connection with the ANU to join.
Amongst the films being screened in the Feb to July program that fall into the ‘not to be missed’ category are (in no particular order, you can read about them and see the trailer by clicking on each film name) The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel , Still Alice, Winter Sleep, Mr Turner, Boyhood, Wild, St Vincent, Force Majeure, Jimmy’s Hall, The Water Diviner, Locke, Foxcatcher, Pride, My Old Lady, The Keeper of Lost Causes, Far From the Madding Crowd, Ida, Two Days and One Night, Selma, The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared, The Imitation Game, Whiplash, Unbroken, The Theory of Everything.  Even Paddington.  Simon Weaving, ex director of the Canberra International Film Festival, will be introducing his latest film The Competition and doing a Q & A afterwards on March 11.  You will have to wait until July to see what we have in store for you in semester 2.

For more information go to the website www.anufg.org.au to see a full copy of the program, learn more about the history of the group, or to get some tips about the location and free parking around the venue.  Coombs Theatre can be somewhat difficult to find the first time, but is much easier the second time around!  Ring Brett Yeats on 6281 7684 or email him at yeatsb@iinet.net.au if you have any questions. 

Goodwin Aged Care Services

Goodwin has Home and Community Care hours for domestic assistance, personal care, social and transport.  Contact Michelle Preston on 6178 7272 or email mpreston@goodwin.org.au if you require assistance.