Woden Seniors Inc

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


Fortnightly News 7/7/2017

Bridge Lessons

A new series of Bridge lessons commence on Monday 17 July; beginners at 1:30pm; Improvers at 2pm.

New Art Display in the Club Foyer

The Wednesday morning art group has mounted a new exhibition of their work in the Club’s foyer and Anne Murray room, this exhibition features fur, fruit and flowers.

Soup Kitchen

Sue Allen has the soup kitchen is up and running on Wednesdays. Enjoy a choice of two soups and bread for $5 in the Club or pick-up and take home for later. If you would like to help out with cooking or serving please let Sue know.

Woden Seniors Book Club

The Book Club will meet in the Anne Murray Room on Friday 28 July to discuss ‘Price of Salt’ by Patricia Highsmith.

Friday 28 July: Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith;

Friday 25 August: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty.

Talk on Animal Welfare by Peter Thornber

Dr Peter Thornber is a stimulating Speaker with a passionate interest in animals. He has qualifications in Veterinary Science and has his own practice in Rivett. He travels extensively overseas to help or study particular animals. His qualifications are also in Agriculture and Teaching.

As Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Animal Welfare and Ethics at the University of Queensland, he has represented Australia at overseas conferences and studies. He was the Key Author of the Australian Animal Welfare Strategy and managed its implementation for ten years. His interest and extensive experience with animals should make this talk very interesting to everyone.

Date: Friday 14 July, 10am – 12noon

Venue:Anne Murray Room

Purpose of function:Information and Entertainment


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

Distribute posters

It is now time to start putting up posters advertising the Book Fair.

If you would like to help please talk to Polly. She has a supply of the beautiful posters designed for us again this year by Alexandra McCleod. Polly also has a list of some ideas of places where the posters can be placed. Members will probably have lots more ideas. To help us ensure a wide distribution please provide to Polly the details of where you plan to put the poster.

Help publicise the Book Fair through social media

Social media is a very effective way to publicise an event. There is a Facebook page and an Instagram account for the Book Fair.

Members can help publicise the Book Fair through social media by:

  • sharing the Facebook page and updates www.facebook.com/wodenseniors with Facebook friends and asking the friends to share the posts with their friends;

If all this sounds like double-dutch simply ask the grandchildren and others from the younger generation to do it. They will know all about it!

Book Fair Food

Volunteers are needed to donate food (cakes, sandwiches & pies ect) 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

Veterans and Seniors Newsletter

The Veterans and Seniors Newsletter produced monthly by the ACT Government is packed with useful information for older people. It can be accessed by the following link.


Those interested in receiving it can elect to have it emailed or sent by post each month. To request to be added to the mailing list here are the addresses.



Phone: 133 427 (Access Canberra – ask for ACT Veterans and Seniors Newsletter)

Postal Address:

ACT Office for Veterans and Seniors

Community Participation Group

PO Box 158



Spiral is a group of senior citizens (60+ to 90+) that meets 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.

July 13 Caroline Le Couteur

You might be surprised when you meet Caroline and learn more about her.

A July 20 David Boddy: LEGO lover and community champion

David was an ACT finalist in the Local Hero category of this year’s Australian of the Year awards. David established the Canberra LEGO Users Group in 2009, the driving force behind the Canberra Brick Expo. Since then the Expo has raised more than $250,000 for the Canberra Hospital. Be amazed by what can be done with LEGO bricks. For example, there is a 92,000-piece portrait of the Queen at Old Parliament House!

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.

And a change to the previously announced program. One of The Heartbeats is about to get a second hip replacement so their August performance has been postponed:

November 9 The Heartbeats

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

Betty Yeats – 6281 5679

Justice of the Peace

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