Woden Seniors Inc

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


Fortnightly News 23/11/2018

Christmas Luncheon Party – Friday 7 December 12.00 – 2.00 pm

The Christmas Luncheon Party is on Friday 7 December 2018, at 12.00pm, catering is by the Golden Roast. Meal consists of buffet style food including cold meats, dips, vegies, cheeses, biscuits, salsa, nuts and lots more. The club will subsidize part of the cost of the meal and provide some drinks. Any members who can bring Christmas sweet treats, these would be gratefully received.

Cost is $10 per person, please book and pay at the front counter with Polly by 28 November 2018.

Bridge Classes

Final class for the year on Monday 26 November at 1.30 pm.

Classes for all levels (including Beginners) resume on Monday 4th February at 1.30 pm.

Presentation by Estelle Muspratt on Australian war graves

Estelle Muspratt will give a presentation on Australian war graves at 10am on Friday 30 November in the Anne Murray room.

Club Closing Times for the Festive Season

The Club will close at 4pm on Friday 21 December 2018 and re-open on Monday 14 January 2019. Activity groups can continue to use the Club through this period by arrangement with the front office.

The WOW Art Group

The Watercolour on Wednesday Art Group has an exhibition of members’ paintings in the foyer and the Anne Murray Room. All the paintings are for sale and 15% of the sale price is donated to the club. Come in and view the display and perhaps find that special Christmas gift.

Donations of non-perishable food for Drought Stricken Farmers

We have a box in the Club foyer for donations of non-perishable food for distribution to drought stricken farmers in New South Wales.


The Club has applied for a grant for 2 raised garden beds in which to plant various herbs and greens. We are planning to form a Garden Activity Group to install and maintain these self watering beds. We also want to improve the surrounds of the club by designing & developing and planting out areas around the club. Anyone interested in being part of this please leave your name & contact with Polly & we will follow up.

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 30 November to discuss ‘From Lands of Green Ghosts’ by Pascal Khoo Thwe.

Friday 21 December: Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout;

Newcomers always welcome.

Play, Creativity and Wellbeing

ACT Heath and the University of Canberra need your help to design some outdoor activities for seniors at The National Arboretum, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and Lanyon Reserve.

Are you 65+? Do you like the great outdoors but find it hard to spend time there? Are you a nature lover looking for more opportunities to engage in Canberra’s wonderful natural environments?

We know that time spending in nature is great for body, mind and spirit, but studies show that as we get older we don’t spend nearly enough time engaged in physical movement outdoors.

ACT Health is providing Canberra’s older adults with a chance to design their own outdoor activities in three of Canberra’s great destinations:

— The National Arboretum

— Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

— Lanyon Homestead

How does this program work?

We want to design outdoor activities in Canberra that interest you and that also suit your health needs.

To achieve this you will work with:

— University of Canberra health and play space academics

— Activities coordinators at the three sites listed above

Together you will create active and engaging activities that will be used by these destination sites for years to come.

What do we need from you?

You will attend 2 x two hour workshops to learn more about the three destination sites and to design an outdoor activity for each of the sites.

The two workshops will be held on:

Wednesday 5 December, 2018: National Arboretum

Wednesday 6 February, 2019: Canberra Museum and Gallery

We will then turn your ideas into reality!

Over March and April we will take you by bus (our shout!) to each destination so that you can trial your activity on site.

How do I sign up?

We’d love to hear from you. You can register your interest with Dr Cathy

Hope, University of Canberra via email: cathy.hope@canberra.edu.au.

You can also email Cathy if you have any questions about this program.

If you don’t have email access, please feel free to contact Cathy on

0411 558 731.

We look forward to working with you!

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

Justice of the Peace

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

SPIRAL PROGRAM – meets at the Uniting Church, Curtin

The Spiral Program meets at the Uniting Church in Gillies Street, Curtin every Thursday at 10.00am.  Speakers/ performers commence at 10.10am and most will join us for the morning tea which follows.  A $1 contribution to costs is requested.  The Spiral Program comprise people from varied backgrounds, occupations and origins.  Mostly retired, mostly over 60 – we welcome anyone who wants to join us.   While the Uniting Church provides great support to us there is no religious nature to our meetings. Age is no restriction – we have some active 90-year olds amongst us and you can even come if you are less than 60.  Contact – Brett Yeats – on 6281 7684 or at yeatsb@iinet.net.au.

November 29            Libby Stewart          Breaking Through: 75 years of women in Parliament

Libby, the Senior Historian at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, returns to tell us all about this exhibition celebrating the 75 years since Dame Enid Lyons and Dorothy Tangney were the first elected women in Federal Parliament in 1943. How have things changed since then?

December 6              Latham Primary School Choir

The Latham Primary School choir first visited us in 2010. This has developed into a tradition which we look forward to – and the children do, too.