Woden Seniors Inc

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


Fortnightly News 26/5/2023

Issue 10 of 2023     

26 May 2023



      Monday 29 May –Club closed for Reconciliation Day Public Holiday

              Thursday 1 June – New Games/Social AFTERNOONS start – see below

          Sunday 11 and Monday 12 June – Hall 2 floor re-finishing

          Monday 12 June – Club closed for King’s Birthday Public Holiday



To better fit with other Club activities, we have changed the time for this new activity and it will now run from 12 noon to 4.00 pm.


Do you enjoy Scrabble?  MahJong?  Card games?  Monopoly?  Having a cuppa and a chat?

Do we have a new activity session for you!  We will offer a games and social get together activity on Thursday AFTERNOONS in Hall 2 – starting on


As advertised in the last Newsletter, we have the games mentioned above, but please feel free to bring along your favourite board game/s to share. 

We envisage tables of two, three or four people to play.  Bring friends with you, or just come along yourself and we’ll find you a seat at the table to play your choice of game, or just come for the cuppa and chat.  No need to book in, just come along.  We anticipate that people will come for some, any, or all of the time between 12 noon and 4.00 pm.



The Club will be closed to all users on Sunday 11 and Monday 12 June to allow for the re-finishing of the floor in Hall 1.  A part of the floor required repair earlier in the year and the final part of this work involves a light sanding and re-coating of the whole floor area.





Our Garden Gurus have given the Vegepod an overall refresh with some new growing media and new plantings.  The plants are at an early stage just yet but soon there will be plenty of pickings to be had.  Please note that we use no chemical sprays on our plants and they are safe to consume.  Polly has paper bags available if you need one to take home some fresh greens.



An afternoon tea to say thank you to the members and friends of the Club who so willingly gave their time to sort, clean, pack and store books all through the year, set up and set out everything for the Book Fair, help on the days of the Fair and then pack up and return the Club to its usual condition ready for all our usual activity groups.  Their efforts resulted in our most financially successful Fair to date.


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This time to Ross Power from the Rotary Club of Murrumbidgee-Canberra who loaded up his vehicle with the boxes of children’s books and delivered them to Orange Primary School which lost most of its school library to the floods earlier this year.  A message back from the School’s Librarian expressed thanks for the condition and quality of the books and appreciation for the work done in categorizing and labelling the boxes.





Jenny Gregory


Woden Seniors Inc.

PO Box 345, Woden ACT 2606

Tel: (02) 6282 2573

Email: president@wodenseniors.org.au




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The Satnav – by Pam Ayres

with apologies to all wives!!

I have a little Satnav,

It sits there in my car

A Satnav is a driver’s friend,

It tells you where you are.

I have a little Satnav I’ve had it all my life

It’s better than the normal ones,

My Satnav is my wife.

It gives me full instructions,

Especially how to drive

“It’s sixty miles an hour”, it says,

“You’re doing sixty-five”.

It tells me when to stop and start,

And when to use the brake

And tells me that it’s never ever,

Safe to overtake.

It tells me when a light is red,

And when it goes to green

It seems to know instinctively,

Just when to intervene

It lists the vehicles just in front,

And all those to the rear

And taking this into account,

It specifies my gear.

I’m sure no other driver,

Has so helpful a device

For when we leave and lock the car,

It still gives its advice.

It fills me up with counselling,

Each journey’s pretty fraught

So why don’t I exchange it,

And get a quieter sort?

Ah well, you see, it cleans the house,

Makes sure I’m properly fed

It washes all my shirts and things,

And keeps me warm in bed!

Despite all these advantages,

And my tendency to scoff,

I only wish that now and then,

I could turn the bugger off.