Woden Seniors Inc

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


Fortnightly News 5/7/2019

Floor Work in Hall 2

Floor work in Hall 2 will continue for the next 3 weeks. Please be paient with any difficulties you may have with the extra furniture and different spaces you may have to use.


BIG Book Fair – 9, 10 and 11 August 2019

There are only five weeks to go to the first day on 9 August. Have you handed out any publicity yet? Polly has bookmarks and posters to be handed out. Try to get a friendly hairdresser, café or shopkeeper to display a poster.

If you are on Facebook share the Facebook page www.facebook.com/wodenseniors.

We will be calling for helpers to set up, pack up and help during the Book Fair in the next newsletter – so think about how you would like to help.

If you are planning to donate books, DVDs, CDs, games and puzzles, please do it soon to enable time for cleaning, sorting and categorising. We find it very difficult to process donations in the week before the book fair.

If you are thinking about donating books please be aware that we DO NOT sell the following:

  • Readers Digest condensed books
  • Dirty, tatty books
  • Sets of encyclopedias
  • First Aid manuals
  • General magazines eg gardening, cooking, women’s magazines etc older than one year ie pre 2018
  • National Geographic and Australian Geographic magazines older than 5 years ie pre 2014
  • Finance and management books published before 2014

The Vegie Garden

Thanks to all those willing workers who built the wonderful vegepods. There some herbs and vegies planted. Feel free to take some leaves for your dinner. Polly has bags for you to carry your produce home. More will be planted shortly.

The gardeners meet most Fridays and plan to work on the remainder of the club surrounds. If interested in helping please leave your name with Polly.

New Bus Timetables

The new bus timetable books for each area are available from the library, you just have to ask. Polly has a copy for reference only.

Bridge Classes – all levels

Classes for all levels (including Beginners) have resumed after a few weeks break. Mondays at 1.30 pm.

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 or 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.

Expression of interest – Carpet Bowls

We are going to restart Carpet Bowles in the Club after the floor in Hall 2 has been repaired, date and time to be confirmed. Let Polly know if you are interested in playing and we will keep you informed.


CARERS ACT will have representatives in the Club each Monday from 9.30 – 11.30 am. 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 subsidize 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 representative is Susanne. Please feel free to come and speak to her most Mondays from 9.30 – 11.30. Sometimes she may have to leave early due to office commitments – so it is a good idea to check or make an appointment. She is also willing to help people who are caring for others and need to find out about services or help with paperwork, and online support.

Justice of the Peace

Maureen is taking sometimes off during colder months.If you need a Justice of the Peace please go to the police station

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.

July 18 Ruth Oliphant Glass Artist

August 22 Margaret Wright OAM with the Canberra Recorder Orchestra (U3A)

Margaret has been teaching recorders for most of her adult life. Ignore the bad press, don’t roll your eyes – come along to hear how this flute from the Baroque era has transitioned to the recent world-wide phenomenon of recorder orchestras.

There are ten sizes of recorders, from a tiny garklein to the rare giant deep sub-contra- bass. The Canberra Recorder Orchestra is unique in that all members are seniors, and they play all ten sizes. The sound of the full orchestra will be a pleasant surprise for anyone who has never heard one before.

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 .