Woden Seniors Inc

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


Fortnightly News 3/8/2018

BIG Book Fair – only one week to go!!

The BIG Book Fair is only one week away so keep publicising it among friends, family and acquaintances.

Donations of Food for the Coffee Shop

We will be serving the following foods over the 3 days of the Book Fair Any donations of food will be gratefully received.

  • soup & bread
  • sandwiches
  • slices, biscuits & cakes

Please make sure all donations are NUT FREE.

Please DO NOT provide food that contains cream, cream cheese, custard as filling or toppings.

Please write a list of ingredients for each donation.

Polly will have forms for you to indicate days & types of food you are donating.

Any queries contact Sue Allen 0412 044 449.

Volunteers needed for the Book Fair

The Book Fair needs many people to help to ensure its success. Many members have already indicated they are available to help. We would like to spread the load and are calling for more volunteers to help with the following:

  • Coffee shop during the Book Fair
  • Setting up from 1.30 pm – 5.30 pm on Thursday 9 August
  • Filling the tables during the Book Fair
  • Packing up

If you are able to help with any of these tasks please put your name on the appropriate list at the counter.

Many hands make light work!

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 31 August to discuss ‘The People Smuggler’ by Robin De Crespigny.

Friday 28 September: The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Roy Arundhati

Friday 26 October: Aunts Up The Cross by Robin Dalton;

Friday 30 November: From Lands of Green Ghosts by Pascal Khoo Thwe;

Friday 21 December: Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout;

Newcomers always welcome.

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

Keyboard for sale

A Kawai Digital Piano 330 was donated to the Club some 12 years ago. The Piano has not been used in the Club over that period and we are interested in moving it onto a good home. The piano requires some much needed maintenance to be usable. An offer has been made for the piano, however if you are interested in having the piano in your home please contact Polly in the Front Office.

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

Justice of the Peace

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

SPIRAL PROGRAM – meets at the Uniting Church, Curtin

The Spiral Program meets at the Uniting Church in Gillies Street, Curtin every Thursday at 10.00am. Speakers/ performers commence at 10.10am and most will join us for the morning tea which follows. A $1 contribution to costs is requested. The Spiral Program comprise people from varied backgrounds, occupations and origins. Mostly retired, mostly over 60 – we welcome anyone who wants to join us. While the Uniting Church provides great support to us there is no religious nature to our meetings. Age is no restriction – we have some active 90-year olds amongst us and you can even come if you are less than 60. Contact – Brett Yeats – on 6281 7684 or at yeatsb.

August 9 Amy Nussio: An Occupational Therapist with driving ambition

Amy is an Occupational Therapist who is interested in supporting people to stay active in the community when they retire from driving. Amy will discuss road safety information and provide an overview of alternate transport options available in Canberra. She will also speak about current research that she is involved in with the University of Queensland.

August 16 Richard Griffiths Safe Shelter ACT

This morning the temperature hit a minimum of -7.4 degrees. There are a record number of homeless people in our community suffering through these cold nights. Safe Shelter is an organisation providing comfort to some of these people. Richard is the coordinator of this group and he will discuss this problem with us, giving us an insight into the lives of less fortunate Canberrans than ourselves.

August 23 Alex Reynolds The little-known-but-extraordinary story of Olive King

Olive, born in Sydney in 1885 to a wealthy family, was in England when the Great War broke out. She procured a vehicle for use as an ambulance and embarked on a career that is hard to believe. She was showered with honours and returned to Australia in 1921 having made a notable contribution to the war and the peace that followed.

August 30 Brite Notes

The Brite Notes is a not-for-profit group (currently seven performers) who provide entertainment to nearly 50 Community and Aged Care groups throughout the Canberra Region. As well as Canberra they perform in Yass, Goulburn, Cooma, Batehaven, Moruya and Dalmeny. The group has been offering this service for more than 20 years and two of its members have been recognised with OAMs for their service to the community. Members take it in turns to choose a theme. The current program of songs is based on the theme of ‘Land and Water’. We welcome the Brite Notes back for their second Spiral performance.

September 6, 13 and 20 TBA

September 27 TNMG or TiN MuGs

TNMG (Tuesday Night Music Group) is a branch of the Monaro Folk Society that has been meeting on Tuesday nights for 27 years. There are a number of very experienced musicians working with others at beginner and intermediate levels. I met these people playing at the Irish Embassy at a St Patrick’s Day function. Expect at least ten musicians playing a variety of instruments including accordion, concertina, fiddle, banjo, bouzouki, mandolin, guitar, lagerphone, keyboard, ukulele, flute, recorder, Irish Whistle, percussion, and occasionally harp, autoharp and hammer dulcimer. Expect a variety of Irish, Scottish, German, English and Australian folk and bush tunes – jigs and reels, polkas and mazurkas, waltzes and other haunting tunes and some songs.