Woden Seniors Inc

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


Fortnightly News 21/7/2017

Bridge Lessons

A new series of Bridge lessons began on Monday 17 July; beginners at 1:30pm; Improvers at 2pm. It’s not too late to join up.

Soup Kitchen

Sue Allen has the soup kitchen is up and running on Wednesdays. Enjoy a choice of two soups and bread for $5 in the Club or pick-up and take home for later. If you would like to help out with cooking or serving please let Sue know.

Dr Thornber’s Talk on “Animal Welfare”

On Friday, 14th July, an appreciative audience listened to an interesting and informative talk given by Dr Peter Thornber, Professor of Animal Welfare and Ethics at the University of Queensland and President of the Commonwealth Veterinary Association. He spoke about the change in community attitudes from one protecting animals to thinking of their welfare, and their quality of life. He spoke in detail of Australia’s Animal Welfare Strategy Plan and its implementation. This is a huge plan because it has to cover the health and wellbeing of all creatures – land, water and air. Other countries have used this as a model for theirs.

Dr Thornber related many of his fascinating experiences overseas, illustrating them with photos. Questions were welcomed in the relaxed atmosphere, and led to a free exchange of experiences and opinions. It was easy to see his passionate involvement in his work. He now works for the Donkey Sanctuary in Devon, England, but also spends much of his time helping various countries mainly in Africa.

We thoroughly enjoyed his talk and his willingness to answer questions. Also he has kindly allowed us to put his PowerPoint presentation on the website for anyone to access. Do try it. Click here for a direct link to the presentation.

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 28 July will discuss ‘The Price of Salt (Carol)’ by Patricia Highsmith. Newcomers always welcome.

Friday 28 July: The Price of Salt (Carol) by Patricia Highsmith;

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.

2017 Big Book Fair, 11 – 13 August 2017

Help publicise the Book Fair

Woden Seniors BIG Book Fair

10 am to 4 pm

11 to 13 August 2017





With only three weeks to go to the Book Fair we need to get as much publicity as possible.

Distribute posters

Thank you to all who have already put up some posters advertising the Book Fair.

There are plenty left so if you can think of a place to put one up eg a church or community organization noticeboard, the shop window of a friendly shop keeper or anywhere else please talk to Polly.

Help publicise the Book Fair through social media

Don’t forget that social media is a very effective way to publicise an event. There is a Facebook page and an Instagram account for the Book Fair. Thanks to those members who have already helped with the social media campaign – it is coming along nicely. However it would be great to have more members and their families (especially grandchildren) spread the word this way.

Ask the grandchildren to :

· share the Facebook page and updates www.facebook.com/wodenseniors with Facebook friends and ask the friends to share the posts with their friends;

· follow the Book Fair on Instagram www.instagram.com/wodenseniors and get their followers to follow it.

Book Fair Food

Volunteers are needed to donate food (cakes, sandwiches & pies etc) for the Book Fair.

Volunteers are also needed to sell food in kitchen verandah area. There will be three shifts during the Book Fair on Friday, Saturday and Sunday,

10.00 am to 12.00 pm

12.00 pm to 2.00 pm

2.0 pm to 4.00 pm.

Would volunteers please give their names to Polly

Veterans and Seniors Newsletter

The Veterans and Seniors Newsletter produced monthly by the ACT Government is packed with useful information for older people. It can be accessed by the following link.


Those interested in receiving it can elect to have it emailed or sent by post each month. To request to be added to the mailing list here are the addresses.



Phone: 133 427 (Access Canberra – ask for ACT Veterans and Seniors Newsletter)

Postal Address:

ACT Office for Veterans and Seniors

Community Participation Group

PO Box 158



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 27 Dr Mandy ScottMandy is an Adjunct Lecturer with the School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics at the ANU. Her expertise and interests are in the areas of language policy, language and identity, and bilingual education. She will involve us in a discussion about what it means to be Australian, and invite us to add our voices to the current conversation about Australian values.

August 3 Anne McMahon

Anne McMahon, a graduate of the University of Tasmania and the ANU, is now retired after a thirty-year academic career was at the University of Canberra. She will talk about her latest book Floating Prisons: Convict Voyages to New South Wales 1823-37.
Poverty, civil unrest and overcrowded prisons in Ireland from 1823 to 1837 led to thousands of men being sentenced to transportation to Australia. They were confined mainly to hulks moored in Cork Harbour and at Kinstown near Dublin. Violence, illness and meagre rations were the norm. Anne’s vivid descriptions of what it was really like to endure transportation-squalid living conditions and long sea voyages-reveals the Irish convict experience.

August 10 Peter Freer The Canberra Croquet Club

The Canberra Croquet Club has a long and interesting history. Do you know when it was established? Do you know when men were first admitted as members? Come along and find out this and much, much more.

August 17 To Be Advised

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.

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.