Woden Seniors Inc

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


Fortnightly News 29/9/2017

Annual General Meeting

A well-attended Annual General Meeting was held on Monday 18 September. The following members were elected to the Management Committee.

President Paul McGlew
Vice President Sue Allen
Treasurer Jennifer Pratten
Secretary Gail Giuliano OAM
Committee Member Sue Schreiner
Committee Member Cindy McMillan
Committee Member Judy Henderson
Committee Member Lutana McLeod
Committee Member Don Puttick

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.

Book Fair 2018

The Committee has decided to hold another Book Fair. The 2018 Book Fair will be from 10 to 12 August.

Preparations are already underway. You may have noticed that all the boxes of fiction that were stacked up in the Dining Area have been put away for the 2018 Book Fair. Before they were put away they were re-sorted and re-packed by Judy B, Agatha and Jocelyn – a big task done by these amazing and hard working women.

We will need more volunteers to help prepare the books as the donations come in. So watch this space if you are interested.

Free Recipe Books and Craft Magazines

Many members have already taken advantage of the free magazines left over from this year’s Book Fair. There are still a lot of beautiful craft magazines so take what you would like. There are also quite a lot of great little recipe books prepared by the Tai Chi group a few years ago. These too are free to a good home! You will find them all on a table in the foyer.

Upcoming Club Events

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

Sunday 22 October 2017 – Celebration of the Club’s 45th Anniversary with our Seniors Concert which was so popular last year

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.


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 27 October: The Happiest Refugee by Anh Do;

Friday 24 November: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

And there will be lunch of the group in December.

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.

On September 7, many people were moved by author Andy Millar speaking about his book Lost At Sea: Found At Fukushima. This tells the story of the sinking of a British tramp steamer by the German navy. One of the survivors rescued and interned on a succession of prison ships, before being handed over to the Japanese was Second Mate David Millar. Badly wounded, David spent the rest of the war as a POW in a camp at Fukushima, north of Tokyo. Some people asked where they could get a copy of the book. Answer: this gripping and amazing story is now available at Paperchain Manuka at $24.99.

October 5 Jim Cleaver

Spiral regulars will recognise Jim as the harmonica-playing member of The Heartbeats. Born in 1929, the son of a bush school teacher, Jim started life as a carpenter/ joiner before a life in project management. From an early age, he had a love of music and poetry. Today he will share his fun with the spoken word.

October 12 Warehouse Circus

Warehouse Circus has been in Canberra since 1990. Whilst Warehouse Circus is well known as a youth circus, they have an opportunity for us also – they have Gold Circus Classes open to ages 50 and over. No prior skill or athletic ability required, these classes are a great way to improve your fitness, flexibility and balance while expanding your social networks. A representative will join us to talk about the history of the circus and how the circus teaches people things such as juggling, acrobatics, plate spinning, and stacks more! Warehouse Circus also performs at events and festivals. Please be ready with any questions you may have.

October 19 URoC – the Ukulele Republic of Canberra

URoC has performed for us before and we are always happy to welcome them back. Surely, everyone loves the uke. Now celebrating ten years in the business, they will be bringing a new repertoire performed for the Floriade festival.

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.