Woden Seniors Inc

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


Fortnightly News 25/6/2021

$1 Increase in the Activity Fee from 1st July 2021

We will be increasing the Activity Fee from $5 to $6 from 1 July 2021. This is the first increase in ten years. With the impact of the pandemic there are less people using the Club and we are currently making a loss. Due to the pandemic we have had to increase the level of cleaning in the Club, this has doubled the cleaning cost to the Club. A convenient way to manage this increase is to buy vouchers from the front office.

Save the date – BIG Book Fair

The Book Fair will be held over four days this year from Thursday 5 August to Sunday 8 August from 10 am to 4 pm daily. This is the Club’s major fundraising event for the year and it promises to be a bumper event.

Please help publicise it. One way to do this is to hand out some ‘Save the Date’ bookmarks, which can be picked up from the counter.

Club Membership

Please ensure your membership and parking voucher is up to date.

Woden Seniors is turning 50 next year

We are preparing a book to mark the 50th birthday of the club and are looking for people that may be able to help in its preparation. We are looking for five or six people that maybe able to help. Please let Polly know if you are interested in helping.

Please Do Not Enter the Club if:

  • You are feeling unwell and developing cold or flu like symptoms (including fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue or shortness of breath); or
  • You have been in close contact with someone with these symptoms or is a confirmed COVID-19 case; or
  • You or someone you have been in close contact with has recently returned from interstate or overseas.

Check In CBR App

The ACT Government has mandated that the Check In CBR App be used by all venues from 6 March 2021. This means that members entering the Club must use the Check In CBR App.

The ‘Check In CBR’ app is a contactless, secure and convenient way for members to sign into the Woden Seniors Club.

The app helps protect the community by assisting with faster contact tracing. The app enables individuals to check-in to venues and have this data stored securely with ACT Health in the event contact tracing is needed due to a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the community.

Use of the app will help the ACT Health contact tracing team quickly identify and assist anyone who may have been exposed to COVID-19.

During the COVID-19 public health emergency non-essential businesses and undertakings are required by law to ask for the first name and phone number of people who attend their venue. Use of this app enables businesses to comply with these laws.

Download the App

5 step process to download and use the app:

(Internet connection and compatible phone or tablet device required)

  1. Download the Check In CBR App from Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.
  2. Register your details (required for the first time only).
  3. At participating venues, open the app, select ‘Check In Now’ and hover your smartphone over the displayed QR code.
  4. Add in any additional people – those who are with you without their own device or app.
  5. When the check-in is complete, show venue staff the app successful check in screen.

Spiral News

Hello to all of you on this mailing list, I sometimes wonder how many people read this. It goes to more than 300 email addresses and then it is passed on by people such as the Woden Seniors (thank you, Polly) and Woden Valley Uniting Church (thank you, Avni) and by others to friends. Apart from our calendar of guest speakers there is often news that I think might interest some of my readers.

An example was the launch yesterday of the first Canberra Mandolin Orchestra CD. This wonderful orchestra, which has performed often for us, gave a sold-out performance to an audience of more than 200. While they sold many CDs there are still some left. I will have stock on Thursdays if you want one. Price? A bargain at $20.

In Wednesday’s newsletter I mentioned that I have a block booking of tickets to the matinee performance of the next Canberra REP production on Sunday 11 July. The Governor’s Family: https://canberrarep.org.au/content/governors-family-0 is directed by Tony Llewellyn-Jones, our June 10 guest. Tony has offered to meet with us after the performance for a chat and a Q&A. Tickets to this performance are $35, the show starts at 2pm. At my original deadline of Friday, I had ‘sold’ 12 tickets – five to Ella, two to Grace, one to Ann, one to Jolanta, one to Lorraine plus my wife and I will be attending. The deadline is now 10am on Monday. If you said you want a ticket and I missed you, please contact me. If you want to join us, please let me know by email or on 0406 37 9119. And of course, you can buy your own tickets directly with Canberra REP online or by phoning 6257 1950. Opening Night is July 1 and the season ends on July 17.

I have another offer. The ANU Film Group has offered 20 free tickets to their 5pm screening on Saturday 26 June of Misbehaviour: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9148706/?ref_=vp_back at Kambri Cinema in the ANU Cultural Centre. Free parking is available in the car park underneath. I’ve seen this film, and I enjoyed it enough to want to see it a second time. I will be there to welcome you.

And I have information to share following this week’s talk from CEO of Palliative Care ACT Tracy Gillard. Tracy spoke about the work Palliative Care ACT does. Many things resonated. Palliative care is not just about the last few weeks or days of someone’s life, but should be part of the conversation much earlier, as early as diagnosis of a life-limiting illness. It’s about quality of life, not end of life. Advance care planning is an important way to start the conversation. The ACT Government provides advice and support to help develop a plan and more information can be found here. An impressive initiative is Leo’s Place – providing respite for people with a life-limiting illness and those who care for them. Palliative Care ACT also has a number of useful resources, including a practical booklet Palliative Caring available both online and in hard copy (contact their office).

Now, for further proof of how special our Canberra community is, have a look at the latest additions to our program. I continue to be amazed and grateful that there are so many generous people willing to give up their time to come to Spiral on a Thursday morning.

July 1 Dr George Wilson AM

Australian Wildlife Services

For his environmental work, George was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia in the recent Queen’s Birthday awards. George received his AM for his service to wildlife conservation, veterinary science and his community work. He has played a key role in wildlife management strategies for wild and feral animals, particularly kangaroos.

July 8 HE Henrik Cederin

Ambassador for Sweden

Most of you, like me, have never heard of Hilma af Klint. Hilma is the subject of Beyond The Visible: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9760516/ a film which will screened in Canberra on Wednesday 14 July. An exhibition of her art at the NSW Art Gallery is attracting large crowds and great reviews. You will probably learn other things about Sweden, and you may get a ticket to the film.

July 15 Allan Hawke AC

Calamity and Conquest

After a long and illustrious career in the Australian Public Service followed by three years as our High Commissioner in New Zealand and three years as Chancellor of the ANU, Allan has spent more time researching his family history. Calamity and Conquest, his book on the life of convict Joseph Blundell and his common-law wife Susan Osborne is the result. Come along and learn the story behind that little cottage by Lake Burley Griffin.

July 22 Jane Goffman

Canberra’s long lost aerodrome and first aviation disaster – where, how, who, when, why?

Jane is a town planner with over 40 years of professional practice and training. She has a passion for local history and heritage and has been researching the history of the former frontier since Canberra’s longest running hearing for a planning appeal (Coles in Dickson) ended in March 2017. Wings of Dickson, a wildly successful pop-up held during this year’s Heritage Festival, brought that material together. Jane will present her findings and take us on that journey through the lens of a planner and community builder.

July 29 URoC

The Ukulele Republic of Canberra

It’s about time we had another concert. We welcome back the always popular URoC, massed ukuleles playing a mix of songs which are all singable for those in the audience keen to do so.

Spiral is a community group which has been meeting for morning teas in Curtin for over fifty years. We aren’t incorporated, we don’t have committees or membership forms or joining fees. You can come to any meeting that interests you. We don’t even have a website! We meet in the hall at the Woden Valley Uniting Church at 40 Gillies Street, Curtin between 10.00 am and noon every Thursday. There is no religious nature to our meetings and our members come from varied backgrounds, occupations and origins. We are mostly retired, aged from our 60s to our 90s. We ask you to arrive by 10.00 am so that we can start our ‘entertainment’ as soon as possible after that. The entertainment is either a guest speaker, sometimes in a conversation format, or a musical performance. We aim to serve a fresh, mainly home-made, morning tea at 11.00 (sometimes a little earlier, sometimes a little later) and we aim to finish at midday.

We welcome new faces and I ask you to share this newsletter with anyone you think might be interested.

If you have any questions about Spiral or anything to do with this newsletter please contact me, Brett Yeats, at yeatsb or on 0406 37 9119 or email Sara York at sarawyork or on 0419 587 578.

Best wishes,


(on behalf of all of us who make Spiral what it is).