Woden Seniors Inc

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


Fortnightly News 3/2/2017

Seated Exercises and Lunch

A new exercise group will commence on Monday 6 February

  • 12:00 – 12:30pm seated Tai Chi in Hall 2
  • 12:30 – 1.00pm Lunch together
  • 1:00 – 1.30pm another half hour seated Tai Chi

These warm ups and exercises are designed to strengthen core muscles and to be completed seated.

Bring your own lunch and we will sit and eat together. If you can’t be there for the whole program come when you can and stay as long as you can. All welcome, Club fees apply.


Calligraphy class will be re-commence on Tuesday 7 February, 1:30 – 3:30 pm in Hall 2. New participants are welcome.

Social Ballroom Dancing

Social Ballroom Dancing will move to Tuesday afternoon 3:30 – 5:30pm from 7 February.

Scrabble – Anyone for Scrabble?

A couple of members are interested in starting a regular scrabble game in the Club. If you are interested, please let Polly know.

Bridge Beginner Lessons

Cathy Padovan is offering Bridge lessons for new players on Mondays from 1:30 – 3:30pm and running through the school term. If you are interested in learning or refreshing your knowledge of this fascinating game please let Polly know on 6282 2573.

Wednesday Morning YMCA Ever Active Group

The Wednesday morning (8:30 – 9:30am) YMCA Ever Active exercise group is looking for new participants, if you are interested in some early morning exercise before it gets too hot and possibly a chat over a coffee afterwards why not give it a go.

Spiral Program

The Spiral Program resumed on Thursday 2 February at 10.00 at the Uniting Church in Gillies Street, Curtin.

This year speakers or entertainers will start at 10.10 and hope that most of them will stay on for the morning tea that will follow. Occasionally we might do the morning tea first if it suits our speakers.

On Thursday 9 February we will have Ole Neustrup, the Deputy Head of Mission for Denmark. Ole has been in Australia for over three years now so his reflections and observations will be fascinating and you are bound to learn things about Denmark. A charming man as are all the diplomats I’ve met. I guess it goes with the job.

I’m hoping to have up to eleven Botswana Traditional Cultural Dancers on February 16. They have been invited to perform at the Multicultural Festival, but their arrival is subject to visa approval. If it happens, this is the sort of entertainment you will enjoy.

In the weeks ahead, all of the following people have agreed to join us:

Gai Brodtmann – our local member who recognised Gwenyth as a “legend” in a speech in the House of Representatives on 26 November, 2012.

Paul Jurak – the kayak cameraman

Peter Forster – one of the editors of Curtin Turns 50, The Story of a Canberra Suburb 1964-2014.

Dr Susannah Helman – returns to talk about her latest exhibition at the National Library, The Sell: Australian Advertising 1790s to 1990s.

One of the most popular visitors in 2016, opera singer Rachael Duncan, will return.

And we have one bus trip planned, in March on a date to be decided, a visit to the National Zoo and Aquarium where one of last year’s guest speakers (Renee Osterloh) will be our guide. Entry fees subsidised by the ACT Government.


Spiral is a group of senior citizens (60+ to 90+) which meets at the St. James Uniting Church in Curtin each Thursday from 10.00 am till midday. We offer guest speakers and some musical performances followed by

morning tea/ coffee with cakes/ biscuits/ sandwiches. There are no fees but a $1 contribution to costs is requested. We are non-denominational, with people from varied backgrounds, occupations and origins. We are 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.

Canberra Night Sky and Celestial Navigation

A presentation by Keith Hardy, Dr Haisong Wang and Mike Gawan-Taylor on the Canberra night sky will be given on Wednesday 15 February from 7pm to 8.30pm. Gold coin donation please.

ACT Seniors My Way Card – Important Update

Transport Canberra has partnered with Transport NSW to give ACT Seniors My Way card holders access to concession travel in NSW using a NSW Gold Opal Card.

Seniors with an early ACT Seniors Card (i.e. one that has 6 numbers as opposed to 9 on the current cards) will need to apply for a card replacement in order to apply for a NSW Gold Opal Card.

ACT Seniors My Way Cards that have not been used to travel on ACT buses for a period of two years or more will have expired and should also be replaced.

Please allow up to 7 days for a new or replacement ACT Seniors My Way card registration before applying for a NSW Gold Opal card. Application for a NSW Gold Opal card, can be made online: https://www.opal.com.au/en/about-opal/opal_for_senior_pensioners/, or by phoning 13 67 25.

New and replacement ACT Seniors My Way Cards are available from COTA ACT Hughes office, ACT Libraries and Access Canberra Shopfronts as suggested on the application form.

2017 Big Book Fair, 11 – 13 August 2017

We are desperately seeking helpers to sort, clean and pack the wonderful donations of books, games (especially old board games), DVDs, vinyl records, CDs, postcards, and jigsaw puzzles for our 2017 Big Book Fair.

Justice of the Peace

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