Woden Seniors Inc

Over 45 years of providing Community Service to the over-50s of Canberra


Fortnightly News 4/8/2017

2017 Big Book Fair, 11 – 13 August 2017

Help publicise the Book Fair

Woden Seniors BIG Book Fair

10 am to 4 pm

11 to 13 August 2017

One week to go to the BIG Book Fair

Please continue to tell as many people as possible about the Book Fair. We have many more books than previous years so it is going to be a bumper event. Now we need plenty of customers!

Book Fair Food

Volunteers are needed to donate food (cakes, sandwiches & pies etc) for the Book Fair.

Volunteers are also needed to sell food in kitchen verandah area. There will be three shifts during the Book Fair on Friday, Saturday and Sunday,

10.00 am to 12.00 pm

12.00 pm to 2.00 pm

2.0 pm to 4.00 pm.

Would volunteers please give their names to Polly

Woden Seniors Book Club

The Book Club meets in the Anne Murray Room at 10:30am on the last Friday of the month, the next meeting due on Friday 25 August will discuss ‘Big Little Lies’ by Liane Moriarty. Newcomers always welcome.

Friday 25 August: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty;

Friday 29 September: Owls Do Cry by Janet Frame;

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.


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.

August 10 Peter Freer The Canberra Croquet Club

The Canberra Croquet Club has a long and interesting history. Do you know when it was established? Do you know when men were first admitted as members? Come along and find out this and much, much more.

August 17 Geraldine Triffitt

Geraldine and her family have been visiting the remote village of Soso on Naviti Island, Fiji since the 1970s. Geraldine has recently published a book on the life of the village, the history, geography, natural history, social structure, ceremonies, communications, language, and the daily duties.

August 24 Kate Armstrong from OPH

Kate is a curator at theMuseum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. She will be talking about their current exhibition Finders Keepers: Collectors and their Stories which is a peek into the personal collections of five fascinating collectors. She may even bring an item or two with her.

August 31 Lisa Elliott from the NAA.

Lisa will join us to tell us about the current exhibition at the National Archives of Australia’s The Way of the Reformer: Gough Whitlam in His Century. I’ve seen this exhibition but I need to return to see it again – there are so many interesting things to see.

Gough Whitlam shaped the Australian nation, before that, the Australian nation shaped him. This exhibition tells the story of the man behind the legacy – the bright Canberra schoolboy obsessed with Greek mythology, the RAAF navigator braving hazardous skies at the height of the Pacific war, and a young father starting a family on the urban fringe. You have until September 3 to catch it.

September 7 Andy Millar Lost At Sea: Found At Fukushima

On a calm, tropical afternoon in the South Atlantic Ocean in April 1942, a British tramp steamer was shelled, torpedoed and sunk by a German raider. One of the survivors rescued by the Germans 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. Come and meet David’s son Andy, the author of this gripping and amazing story.

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.