Woden Seniors Inc

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


Fortnightly News 29/3/2019

The Woden Experiment

If you have noticed the “Woden Experiment” – in the square at Woden, we have been asked to tell you that any groups who wish to use this space, may take up the opportunity to do this.

Possible activities could be:

  • Craft workshops
  • Fitness, choir, dance demonstrations

If any members of groups at the club are interested please contact Polly and she will give you the relevant details. Otherwise just enjoy the space to meet and chat.

Android Smart Phones – Need Help?

Graham Hellyer is giving a two-hour session at 1:30pm on Friday 5 April in the Anne Murray room on how to get the most out of your Android Smart Phone.

Damaged floorboard in hall 2

There is damaged floorboard in Hall 2, there is a small plastic table covering it. Thank you for your patience. We are working on it. We’ve already received the first quote and we are waiting for the second quote in early April.

Expression of interest – Carpet Bowls

We are going to restart Carpet Bowles in the Club, date and time to be confirmed. Let Polly know if you are interested in playing and we will keep you informed.

Bridge Classes

Classes for all levels (including Beginners) have resumed. Mondays at 1.30 pm.


The Club has received a grant to install 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.


CARERS ACT will have representatives here each Monday from 9.30 – noon. They are here to help our members with My Aged Care Referral especially in reference to Social Support Referrals. Members can attend club activities (still paying the Activity Fee) and possibly get transport arranged to attend these activities.

As part of this partnership with CARERS ACT any members who have a Social Support Referral and attend any activities at the club, the Government will subsidise the club at $15 an hour to support all we do here. You can talk to these representatives in the Anne Murray Room and they will help you through My Aged Care Referral and explain all the various support that is offered.

The representatives are Susanne and Gordana and at various times Tracey. Please feel free to come and speak to them any Monday from 9.30 – 12.00. They are also willing to help people who are caring for others and need to find out about services or help with paperwork, and online support.

Carers ACT –Thursday 4th April 12.00 midday – 1.00 pm, Anne Murray Room

Susanne from Carers ACT is going to give a talk to explain My Aged Care registration and how to access the services that provide support for people to stay in their own home.

There will be a short talk followed by question and answer time. Tea, coffee and cake will be provided.

Justice of the Peace

You will find Maureen in Club on Tuesdays & Thursdays between 11.00 am and 3 pm for Justice of the Peace matters

SPIRAL PROGRAM – meets at the Uniting Church, Curtin

Spiral meets at the Uniting Church in Gillies Street, Curtin on Thursday mornings. Please arrive at or before 10.00. Speakers/ performers will commence at 10.10 and most will join us for the morning tea which will follow. A $1 contribution to costs is requested.

April 4 Dr Guy Hansen Inked: Australian Cartoons

This exhibition opened last Thursday. The National Library of Australia has more than 14,000 cartoons drawn by our most famous artists between 1788 and today. How do you choose which ones to display? Ask Guy Hansen, the curator who put this together.

April 11 Kath McQuarrie

When I read this Canberra Times article about retired army officer Kath McQuarrie I thought I would like to meet her. Kath has been a volunteer with the ACT Companion Dog Club for 25 years. Our community is enriched by caring people like Kath and there will be a bonus – her Miniature Schnauzers will join us, too.

April 18 Anna Weatherly Death in the Year of Peace

Hackett author, Anna Weatherly, has recently published a murder-mystery set in the south coast village of Bermagui in the year 1919. The novel’s title is Death in the Year of Peace. Although the mystery component of the plot is fictional, Anna has written about real events of 1919 Bermagui. From a historical perspective 1919 turned out to be a significant year, with drought and floods, returning soldiers, and the terrifying Spanish Flu epidemic. Anna will be in conversation with Sue Driscoll.

April 25 ANZAC Day No meeting

And something to look forward to in June ……

June 6 Dr Georgia Pike ‘Que Sera Sera’: music outreach and dementia.

Dr Georgia Pike is a practitioner, presenter and researcher focussed on enhancing community and human wellbeing through the arts. A born-and-bred Canberran, she is singer, educator, community outreach facilitator and transdisciplinary researcher, and currently a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Research in Ageing, Health and Wellbeing at the Australian National University (ANU). In this presentation, Georgia will speak about her current collaboration with the ANU Centre for Mental Health Research, evaluating the efficacy of music outreach approaches on the wellbeing of people living with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in a residential setting. She will share some of the songs that are particularly popular at the care facility at which the project is based, and the effect that they can have on the participating residents. She will also touch on other areas of her work, including her performance background and her work with children and adults living with disabilities.

Finally, everyone knows about the ingle

As always, we are at the Uniting Church in Gillies Street, Curtin. Please arrive at or before 10.00. Speakers/ performers will commence at 10.10 and most will join us for the morning tea which will follow. A $1 contribution to costs is requested. We are people from varied backgrounds, occupations and origins. Mostly retired, ages range from 60 to 90+and there is no religious nature to our meetings. You are guaranteed a warm welcome. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me, Brett Yeats, on 6281 7684 or at yeatsb. Other contacts are Sue Driscoll on 0418 697 240 or at suedrisc and Angelika Dunker on 6281 4023 or 0491 120 556 or at angelika.dunker .

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