Woden Seniors Inc

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


Fortnightly News 23/6/2017

Bridge Lessons

A new series of Bridge lessons commence on Monday 17 July; beginners at 1:30pm; Improvers at 2pm.

New Art Display in the Club Foyer

The Wednesday morning art group has mounted a new exhibition of their work in the Club’s foyer and Anne Murray room, this exhibition features fur, fruit and flowers.

The Canberra Chordsmen – Family and Friends Concert

For the culmination of our Sing With Us! new members programme, the Canberra Chordsmen invite Club members to join them for a free performance of four part harmony singing featuring the new singers in their first public performance with the Canberra Chordsmen.

Doors open at 7:45pm and the show runs from 8 – 9pm and includes performances by:

  • Canberra Chordsmen chorus;
  • Corduroys men’s quartet;
  • Fresh Notes men’s quartet;
  • UMQ mixed quartet.

When: Thursday 6th July, 8 – 9pm

Where: Woden Seniors Club, Hall 1

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.

Woden Seniors Book Club

The Book Club will meet in the Anne Murray Room on Friday 30 June to discuss ‘Dead Cat bounce’ by Peter Cotton.

Friday 30 June: Dead Cat Bounce by Peter Cotton;

Friday 28 July: Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith;

Friday 25 August: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty.

Talk on Animal Welfare by Peter Thornber

Dr Peter Thornber is a stimulating Speaker with a passionate interest in animals. He has qualifications in Veterinary Science and has his own practice in Rivett. He travels extensively overseas to help or study particular animals. His qualifications are also in Agriculture and Teaching.

As Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Animal Welfare and Ethics at the University of Queensland, he has represented Australia at overseas conferences and studies. He was the Key Author of the Australian Animal Welfare Strategy and managed its implementation for ten years. His interest and extensive experience with animals should make this talk very interesting to everyone.

Date: Friday 14 July, 10am – 12noon

Venue:Anne Murray Room

Purpose of function:Information and Entertainment

2017 Big Book Fair, 11 – 13 August 2017

Woden Seniors BIG Book Fair

10 am to 4 pm

11 to 13 August 2017

The Book Fair is now only two months away and the organisers are busy preparing publicity for major outlets such as radio, Internet, and print media.

Members too can help publicise it by:

– providing details of the Book Fair to the editors of small local newsletters such as sporting clubs, school or church newsletters;

– distributing to friends and family ‘ Save the date’ bookmarks, which can be picked up from the counter at the Club.

We are pleased that Justine Burke of Luton Real Estate at Weston Creek has sponsored the printing of posters for the Book Fair. These will be available for distribution soon. Watch this space if you would like to help.

Help publicise the Book Fair through social media

Social media is a very effective way to publicise an event. There is a Facebook page and an Instagram account for the Book Fair.

Members can help publicise the Book Fair through social media by:

  • sharing the Facebook page and updates www.facebook.com/wodenseniors with Facebook friends and asking the friends to share the posts with their friends;

If all this sounds like double-dutch simply ask the grandchildren and others from the younger generation to do it. They will know all about it!

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 meets 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.

June 29 Ruth Ingram + Ivan Boyer: From Canberra to Narrawong …. and back.

Ruth was born in Canberra, Ivan was born in Narrawong where they now live. Join them in conversation about their story – growing up, how they met, and their reflections on Canberra after a considerable time away from here.

July 6 Harpers Bizarre

After a great reception last year, this wonderful band of harmonica players returns to entertain us.

Much more than a clever name, this is a rare opportunity – there are few harmonica groups about these days.

July 13 Caroline Le Couteur

You might be surprised when you meet Caroline and learn more about her.

A July 20 David Boddy: LEGO lover and community champion

David was an ACT finalist in the Local Hero category of this year’s Australian of the Year awards. David established the Canberra LEGO Users Group in 2009, the driving force behind the Canberra Brick Expo. Since then the Expo has raised more than $250,000 for the Canberra Hospital. Be amazed by what can be done with LEGO bricks. For example, there is a 92,000-piece portrait of the Queen at Old Parliament House!

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.

And a change to the previously announced program. One of The Heartbeats is about to get a second hip replacement so their August performance has been postponed:

November 9 The Heartbeats

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

Betty Yeats – 6281 5679

Justice of the Peace

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