Woden Seniors Inc

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


Fortnightly News 26/10/2018

Seniors Concert Success

There was a good turnout for the Club’s Seniors Concert last Sunday afternoon. The many performers from the Recorder Ensemble, Woden Senior Singers and the dancers entertained with a wide range of music.

Many thanks to Gail Guiliano for organising the event. Gail, Secretary of the Club and leader of the Woden Singers does so much for the club, especially to give us such an enjoyable afternoon. Her “No-one Loves a Fairy over 40” brought the house down once again. The Woden Singers sang a range of songs we all knew and enjoyed, with solos, quartets and even singing with Ian and Carla as they danced “Cheek to Cheek.”

Thanks too, to Margaret Wright for gathering many members of her ensemble to provide us with music through the ages. I heard many humming along with many well -known folk songs. And thanks to Lutana who once again compered the afternoon with stories and anecdotes.

There were many donations to the fund for farmers suffering from the drought and over $160.00 in gold coin donations will also go to the fund. To all those who brought food for the afternoon tea, your offerings of such delicious food were an appetising end to a most enjoyable afternoon.

Melbourne Cup

It’s that time of year!

Our Melbourne Cup Party will be held on Tuesday 6th November 2018 commencing at 1.30 pm. Members and friends are invited to attend. We will provide some drinks. Please bring finger food to share. We will have a sweep or two. It would be great if you could wear a Melbourne Cup hat.

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.

Presentation by Estelle Muspratt on Australian war graves

Estelle Muspratt will give a presentation on Australian war graves at 10am on Friday 30 November.

Bridge Classes – all levels

Classes recommenced on Monday 15th October at 1.30 pm.


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.

Club Events for 2018

Save the dates!

Melbourne Cup Tuesday 6 November

Christmas Party Friday 7 December

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 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.

November 1 To be announced

November 8 Dr Martin Woods Cook and the Pacific

The current big exhibition at the National Library takes you with James Cook on his three remarkable Pacific voyages. This is a journey to the Pacific 250 years ago, with destinations including Tahiti, New Zealand, the east coast of Australia, Hawaii and even Siberia. With content drawn from around the world, you will be enthralled by maps, manuscripts, rare books, large oil paintings, delicate watercolours by voyage artists, medallions, cartoons and poetry. Martin will give you a taste of this special exhibition which is free and on until February 10.

November 15 Rachel Duncan Encore!

Rachael is an opera singer who joined us back in October 2016. She told us then of her ten years in Europe and about her return to Canberra. Winner of a Canberra Critics Circle award in 2017, Rachael will join me in conversation about what she has been doing recently. If you ask nicely, she may even sing an aria or two for you.

November 22 Dr Susan Boden beyondblue

Three million Australians are living with anxiety or depression. beyondblue is a national organisation that works to raise awareness, reduce the associated stigma and to encourage people to get help.

Susan originally trained in fine art then as a landscape architect. She became a beyondblue speaker because she knows that however much general awareness is raised about mental wellbeing in the community, for each individual, it can feel as though they are the first and only person to walk this path. Sharing her experience might help someone else and is part of Susan’s commitment to herself to continue to work on her wellbeing.

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.

December 13 Christmas lunch.

A traditional lunch, starting at noon, to celebrate the end of another successful year. I’m happy to say that it has been a year of growth and we’ll be back bigger and better in 2019. More about this later.