Woden Seniors Inc

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


Fortnightly News 27/10/2023

Issue 21 of 2023     

27th October 2023



Tuesday 31 October  – 10.30am to 12pm Housing and Aged Care Information Session presented by COTA

Tuesday 7 November – 1.30pm Melbourne Cup afternoon tea

Friday 15 December – Christmas Lunch at the Club

Friday 22 December – Club closes at 4.00 pm for Christmas break

Monday 15 January 2024  – Club re-opens for 2024

And of course… Friday 5, Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 April 2024 – our 2024 Book Fair



This is the third of three information sessions for Club members presented by COTA.  These sessions have proved to be extremely informative and this one, on understanding Aged Care packages and making decisions around housing options including retirement villages and staying in your own home, promises to be a source of some useful knowledge.  All welcome in Hall 1 on Tuesday 31 October, 10.30am.

If you missed last week’s session on staying safer online, see the flyer below regarding individual one-on-one help offered by COTA at their Hughes Community Centre offices, 2 Wisdom Street in Hughes.



On the first Tuesday in November…. we all know what happens.  Join us for afternoon tea at the Club on Tuesday 7th November, from 1.30pm.  There will be sweeps and of course the big TV to watch the race.  It will help to know how many people will come along, so please give Polly your name if you are planning to join in.  Afternoon tea will be courtesy of you – i.e. please bring a plate!!




Yes, I know it’s only October…. but December will be here in no time.  Last year’s Christmas lunch was a great success and this year is planned for more of the same.  We will use the same catering again from Ainslie IGA, their selection of cold meats and salads was very ample and delicious.  Thanks to everyone enjoying the soup offerings during the winter months, we able to offer the Christmas lunch for the very low cost of an activity voucher – what a bargain!

Again, we will need you to advise Polly that you are planning to attend – cut-off time for booking in is Monday 11 December. 



To add some extra Christmas cheer to the occasion, we will offer lucky door prizes in the form of Christmas hampers to some lucky attendees.  To make this possible, we are asking members to donate non-perishable Christmassy foods and other items to fill these hampers.  The more the merrier!!  There will be boxes in the foyer to receive your items.


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Jenny Gregory                                                                          


Woden Seniors Inc.

PO Box 345, Woden ACT 2606

Tel: (02) 6282 2573

Email: president@wodenseniors.org.au          




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Reflecting on 80 years of preschool education in the ACT

Former preschool staff and parent committee members are invited to reconnect and exchange memories with past friends and colleagues in celebrating the remarkable milestone of 80 years of Preschool Education in Canberra.

Date: 10 November 2023

Time: 3 to 5 pm

Location: Ainslie Primary School – Reid Preschool Unit,

14A Dirrawan Gardens, Reid, ACT 2612.


To register and for more information go to https://www.canberrapreschoolsociety.info/events



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In case you missed Floriade or Tulip Top – Crookwell Open gardens

Eleven beautiful gardens will open this year for the Crookwell Garden Festival to be held on 4 and 5 November 2023. The gardens opening range from small-town gardens to larger country landscapes with sweeping vistas. Wonderful old favourites such as Markdale and Kiloren will open for viewing again this year and they will be complemented by new privately owned gardens, each of which showcases the owners’ love of planting while reflecting the different designs they each have for their gorgeous landscapes.The cost is $30 per person for a ticket to see all the gardens. All-garden tickets are available for purchase now on the website, Crookwell Garden Festival 2023 Tickets, Crookwell and surrounds | TryBooking Australia and during the festival at the Crookwell Visitor Information Centre, at Saturday’s Garden Lovers Market, and at each garden (cash only). Single entry tickets of $5 will be available at each garden.Children 15 and under are free.

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Things to think about

1.  Don’t worry about what people think, they don’t do it very often.
2.  Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.
3.  If you must choose between two evils, pick the one you’ve never tried before.
4.  An excellent approach to housework is to sweep the room with a glance..
5.  Not one shred of evidence supports the notion that life is serious.
6. A person who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person.
7.  For every action, there is an equal and opposite government program.
8. If you look like your passport picture, you probably need the trip.
9. A conscience is what hurts when all of your other parts feel so good.
10. No man has ever been shot while doing the dishes.