Woden Seniors Inc

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


Fortnightly News 29/3/2018

Bridge Classes 2018

Bridge classes recommence on Monday 16th April.

Beginners Continuing – 1:30 – 3:30, classes for new beginners will be held in July

Improvers – 2:00 – 4:00 pm

COTA Talks

COTA ACT will be visiting us on Wednesday 11 April 2018 from 10-11am to tell us about their work. Some members may be surprised to learn how helpful COTA is – everything from housing, transport, elder abuse, legal stuff and much more. There will be time for questions and answers. Come along and be enlightened

Relocation of computers

Since we are no longer offering classes in how to use computers the computers have been relocated to enable easy access by members. There are two in the Meeting Room and one in the Sitting Room. These can be used by members at any time when their use would not interrupt other activities in these rooms.

The former Computer Room will be used for much needed storage.

Scrabble – Change of Day

A Scrabble group meets on Monday afternoons from 2.00 – 4.00 pm in the Dining Room next to hall 1. Drop in if you feel like a game.

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 27 April to discuss ‘Light and Shadows’ by Mark Colvin.

Friday 25 May: The Glass Lake by Maeve Binchy;

Friday 29 June: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi;

Friday 27 June: The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton;

Newcomers always welcome.

Expression of Interest in playing Rickety Kate (Hearts or Black Maria)

Expressions of interest are sought for playing the card game Rickety Kate, sometimes known as Hearts or Black Maria?

A good game is had with either 3 or 4 people.

Possible times are Thursday or Friday afternoon from, say, either 1.30 pm to 4 pm or 2 pm to 4 pm, in The Anne Murray Room.

Club Events for 2018

Save the dates!

Book Fair 10 – 12 August 10.00 am – 4.00 pm

AGM Monday 17 September

Seniors Concert Sunday 21 October

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

2018 Canberra Citizen of the Year: Diane Kargas Bray AM

Congratulations to Diane who received this award in recognition of her dedication to building the social capital of the community through Hands Across Canberra and for her tireless commitment to the people of Canberra through roles with Common Ground, Greater Good and Boundless playground.

Volunteers needed – ANU Medical School

Would you like to help teach first year ANU medical students about interacting and communicating with older persons?

What would you have to do? We invite you to come along to the medical school and join a small group of students (about 8) and their tutor (a doctor who runs the group), and talk with them about your life experiences, your medical history and the rewards and challenges you experience at this stage of life. You don’t need to have a current medical condition. The focus of the session is for students to meet and talk with an older person, and to learn and develop their skills in communications and patient interviews.

When: Thursday 3 May 2018, 1.15pm ‐ 3.00pm

Where: Upper level, Building 4, Canberra Hospital.

We can assist with transport if needed (book and pay taxi costs) and we

offer volunteers a $30 gift voucher as a token of appreciation.

Places are limited. If you are interested, we would be delighted to hear from you.

Please call Alastair Walters on 6244 3389 or

Email: patient.recruitment


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.

Please share this newsletter with as many people as you can and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me – Brett Yeats – on 6281 7684 or at yeatsb. You can also contact Angelika Dunker on 6281 4023 or at angelika.dunker

April 12 Ian Anderson “Australian aid: does it work?”.

Ian has spent over 30 years working with the Australian aid program, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and as a consultant to UNICEF and other international organisations on aid programs. He will give a fresh perspective on Australia’s aid program.

April 19 Cindy Young The Camino

Join Cindy as she shares her experience of walking the legendary pilgrim trail across Spain to Santiago de Compostela.

April 26 Gideon Snowdon

Gideon is nearly seventeen and is already an accomplished artisan who creates the most beautiful turned pens – both in wood and other mediums. His well prepared, informative and interesting powerpoint presentation comes highly recommended and you are likely to be most impressed with his skill at such a young age.

May 10 Jan Morgan Confessions of an arboretum junkie

Jan runs U3A courses on Trees of the National Arboretum and conducts entertaining (I’ve done one) walks there. The title of her talk is hers – what will she confess?

Justice of the Peace 

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