Woden Seniors Inc

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


Fortnightly News 27/10/2017

The Woden Seniors’ Club 45th Anniversary Showcase

On Sunday, the 22nd of October, from 1.30 till 3.30pm, the Woden Seniors’ Club presented a Showcase of the amazing skills, talents and creativity of its Members.

The Programme encompassed a superb range of skills in the Instrumental Section

  • The Woden Seniors Recorder Group (with Margaret Wright’s tutelage for the Descant, Alto, Tenor and Bass recorders, conducted by Gail Giuliano);
  • David Slater (performing on the Clarinet and Saxophone)
  • Betty Knight (performing solo on the Piano);

An impressive range of talent in the Choral Section –

  • The Woden Senior Singers (Gail Giuliano as conductor, piano accompaniment by Enid Ottaway and John Fraser);
  • Carla Di Franco and Ian Vickers (performed a Duet, accompanied by John Fraser on the piano);
  • David Griffith (Solo singing, with John Fraser’s piano accompaniment)
  • Gail Giuliano ( the ‘Fairy’ Soloist, accompanied by Enid Ottaway);
  • Sep Westerhuis (Solo singing of a satirical song)

An amazing range of expression in the Dance Section

  • Carla Di Franco and Ian Vickers (Ballroom Dancing)
  • Magdalena Mayer and Paul McGlew (Argentine Tango Dancing).

A wonderful display of creations in the Crafts Section

  • The Art Group (Ann Baker as supervisor);
  • The Beading Group (Jennifer Pratten as leader);
  • The Craft Group (Sue Barrett as leader);
  • The Stitchers (Doreen McGregor and Kay Reid as supervisors)
  • The Photographic Memorabilia Display (Cindy McMillan as Supervisor)

The Woden Seniors’ Club was privileged and delighted to showcase these clever folk and would like to express heartfelt appreciation to all Performers and Display Groups for providing such an entertaining and varied afternoon!

The Club President, Paul McGlew, did the honour of cutting the Anniversary Cake (which was followed by ‘Happy Birthday’ singing and three cheers); Paul also thanked the Team of Helpers (guided by Sue Allen), the Special Events Committee (led by Cindy McMillan) and the many Members of the Club and Guests who set up the Hall and so generously donated the plates of goodies to nourish everyone at Afternoon Tea. Thank you to everyone for sharing our Special Anniversary!

Where to view the concert photos

Please click here to view the photos on the Woden Seniors website.

Melbourne Cup

It’s that time of year!

Our Melbourne Cup Party will be held on Tuesday 7th November 2017 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.

Remembrance Day 2017

A Special Invitation is announced to all Members of the Woden Seniors’ Club to commemorate Remembrance Day this year –

When: Friday 10th November

Where: Woden Seniors’ Club, in the Anne Murray Room.

Time; 10am till 12 noon, with a coffee-break at 11am

Donations: a small plate of ‘goodies’ would be muchly appreciated

Guest Speaker: the One and Only Estelle Muspratt

The Special Guest Speaker, Estelle Muspratt, has been with the Department of Veteran Affairs for 10 years, designing and delivering commemorations to mark the Australian Service in many War, Conflict and Peace operations (to which Australia has been committed for the past 100 years). Estelle has worked alongside Australian Defence Force members and veterans to deliver commemorative services in Australia, Europe, North Africa, Asia and the UK. Over the past two years, she has co-ordinated the Office of the Australian War Graves which led the repatriation of ADF personnel and dependants from Terendak Military Cemetery in Malaysia. As Assistant Director for the Official Commemoration and Overseas Memorials, Estelle oversees the Teams responsible for commemorating veterans who died in the War and also the construction and maintenance of official Australian memorials in overseas locations. She is currently working on the refurbishment of Hellfire Pass Interpretive Centre in Thailand.

There will be time after Morning Tea for Q and A, and no doubt some audience members or spouses will have a brief anecdote for Estelle, concerning an ancestor or relative who fought overseas.

We looking forward to sharing the special day with our Guest Speaker, Estelle.

Co-ordinator – Lutana McLeod.

(Please RSVP to Polly, to check for number of seats).

iPad Course – Brush Up on Email

Judy will be running a new iPad course for those who wish to improve their knowledge of how to use the Email app on the iPad.

It will be over two sessions from 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm on Thursday 2 November and Thursday 9 November. There are six places. If you are interested phone the office.

The course will cover the following:

  • Overview of mailboxes
  • CC and BCC
  • Reply, Reply All, Forward a message
  • Saving draft messages
  • Sending and saving attachments to messages eg photos, videos, documents
  • Saving addresses
  • Updating contacts
  • Adding a new mailbox

Supervised Bridge – Mondays 1:30-3:30pm

These sessions will commence on 9th October. There will be a short lesson on a specific topic followed by a relaxed duplicate session where assistance may be sought.

Upcoming Club Events

The following is a list of social events planned for the Club:

Tuesday 7 November 2017 – Melbourne Cup PARTY!!

Friday 10 November 2017 – Ms Estelle Muspratt will talk on War Graves, etc, at 10.00-12.00 in the Anne Murray Room. This will be followed by a break for coffee/tea and cake, then there will be time for questions.

December – Christmas Celebration (more information coming).


A Scrabble group meets on Tuesday afternoons from 2.00 – 4.00 pm in the Anne Murray Room. Drop in if you feel like a game.

Woden Seniors Book Club

The Woden Seniors Book Club meets in the Anne Murray Room at 10:30am on the last Friday of the month, the next meeting due on Friday 29 September will discuss ‘Owls Do Cry’ by Janet Frame. Newcomers always welcome.

Friday 24 November: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

And there will be lunch of the group in December.

Craft Show

Where: Weston Creek Uniting Church, Parkinson Street Weston

When: Friday 27 October 2017: 10 am – 8.30 pm

Saturday 28 October 2017: 10 am – 4.00 pm

Morning and Afternoon Teas

Coffee and Dessert, Friday night

Admission by donation.

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.

Better Suburbs Survey

Each day Transport Canberra and City Services Directorate delivers a range of city services to the Canberra community, including:

  • mow almost 30,000 hectares of grass in suburban areas and along arterial roads
  • maintain around 2,500 kilometres of footpaths
  • resurface more than 1 million square metres of road and
  • make more than 6.8 million household rubbish collections and 3.4 million household recycling collections.

The ACT Government is seeking your feedback on the provision of city services and prioritising their future service delivery.

Take five minutes out, go to www.yoursay.act.gov.au/bettersuburbs and have your say in an online discussion or complete a brief survey until 1 November, 2017. Then tell your friends and family to do the same.

Your feedback will help develop a Better Suburbs Statement which will provide a vision and priorities to guide the delivery of city services into the future.

Rotary Club of Canberra Free Seniors Concert – “Que Sera Sera”

When: Sunday 12th November 2017,

2.00 – 4.00 pm (seated by 1.50 pm)

Where: At the Albert Hall, Commonwealth Avenue

The concert is organised by Sing Australia. Transport is available if required. Afternoon tea will be served. Bookings through COTA on 6282 3777

Dementia Research Opportunity!!

Do you experience memory problems? Do you want help to live a more active and healthy lifestyle?

The Centre of Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing (CRAHW) at the Australian National University is trialling a new program targeting people who experience cognitive problems in day-to-day life (e.g. problems with memory or concentration etc.) This program will provide knowledge on ageing, memory problems and dementia, and the importance of exercise, diet and keeping your mind active to decrease dementia risk.

We are seeking adults aged 65+ who:

-Experience memory problems in day-to-day life
-Are not participating in an ongoing lifestyle change programs

-Have internet access and computer at home and fluent English language skills

-Without a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia

-Without major mental or physical problems which would prevent you from taking part in a lifestyle change program

-Prepared to make lifestyle changes to improve your health

If you would like more information or would like to take part in the research, please email: bblmci or call Mitchell McMaster on (02) 6125 6351.


Spiral is a group of senior citizens (60+ to 90+) that meet 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.

November 2 Peter Dombrovskis at the National Library of Australia

Matthew Jones is a curator at the National Library of Australia. He will be bringing along stunning images of the Tasmanian wilderness created by Peter Dombrovskis and telling the Dombrovskis story. I’ve seen the exhibition and can thoroughly recommend it.

November 9 The Heartbeats

The ever-popular Heartbeats return with a new repertoire. David, Jim and Robin sing songs that you know and love supported beautifully on the piano by the lovely Margaret.

November 16 Di Mildern

Di will speak on ‘The Absurdity of Taking up Thoroughbred Horse Breeding in Middle Age!’

November 23 Latham Primary School Choir

This end-of-year visit started in 2011 and we are pleased to welcome these talented kids back. Singing and poems, some riddles and jokes, and maybe even a ukulele or two. There could be as many as 40 of them this year. Enjoy their enthusiasm.

November 30 Sue Driscoll

Our own Sue Driscoll, currently helping at the Disabled and Helpless Children’s New Life Centre in Nepal, will update us with the latest news on the children in Kathmandu and on her other adventures while in Nepal.

December 6 Christmas lunch

Our usual end-of-year Christmas break-up with turkey and ham and pudding. Let’s aim for a very large turn-up to celebrate the end of another successful year. Midday start.

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

Justice of the Peace

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