Woden Seniors Inc

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


Fortnightly News 9/11/2018

Christmas Luncheon Party – Friday 7 December 12.00 – 2.00 pm

The Christmas Luncheon Party is on Friday 7 December 2018, at 12.00pm, catering is by the Golden Roast. Meal consists of buffet style food including cold meats, dips, vegies, cheeses, biscuits, salsa, nuts and lots more. The club will subsidize part of the cost of the meal and provide some drinks. Any members who can bring Christmas sweet treats, these would be gratefully received.

Cost is $10 per person, please book and pay at the front counter with Polly by 28 November 2018.

Club Closing Times for the Festive Season

The Club will close at 4pm on Friday 21 December 2018 and re-open on Monday 14 January 2019. Activity groups can continue to use the Club through this period by arrangement with the front office.

iPad course – Brush up on the Mail app – vacancies

Judy will be running a two session course for those who wish to learn more about the Mail App. It starts on Thursday 15 November and finishes on Thursday 22 November from 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm both days. There are still some vacancies.

The course will cover:

  • Special keyboard features
  • Mail settings
  • Mailboxes
  • Compose, Send, CC, BCC. Forward, Reply and Reply All
  • Saving Draft messages
  • Sending, receiving and saving attachments (e..g photos, documents)
  • Saving addresses
  • Updating Contacts
  • Adding a new Mailbox

Please contact the office if you are interested ASAP.

The WOW Art Group

The Watercolour on Wednesday Art Group has an exhibition of members’ paintings in the foyer and the Anne Murray Room. All the paintings are for sale and 15% of the sale price is donated to the club. Come in and view the display and perhaps find that special Christmas gift.

Donations of non-perishable food for Drought Stricken Farmers

We have a box in the Club foyer for donations of non-perishable food for distribution to drought stricken farmers in New South Wales.

Presentation by Estelle Muspratt on Australian war graves

Estelle Muspratt will give a presentation on Australian war graves at 10am on Friday 30 November.

Bridge Classes – all levels

Classes recommenced on Monday 15th October at 1.30 pm.


The Club has applied for a grant for 2 raised garden beds in which to plant various herbs and greens. We are planning to form a Garden Activity Group to install and maintain these self watering beds. We also want to improve the surrounds of the club by designing & developing and planting out areas around the club. Anyone interested in being part of this please leave your name & contact with Polly & we will follow up.

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 30 November to discuss ‘From Lands of Green Ghosts’ by Pascal Khoo Thwe.

Friday 21 December: Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout;

Newcomers always welcome.

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.

November 15 Rachel Duncan Encore!

Rachael is an opera singer who joined us back in October 2016. She told us then of her ten years in Europe and about her return to Canberra. Winner of a Canberra Critics Circle award in 2017, Rachael will join me in conversation about what she has been doing recently. If you ask nicely, she may even sing an aria or two for you.

November 22 Dr Susan Boden beyondblue

Three million Australians are living with anxiety or depression. beyondblue is a national organisation that works to raise awareness, reduce the associated stigma and to encourage people to get help.

Susan originally trained in fine art then as a landscape architect. She became a beyondblue speaker because she knows that however much general awareness is raised about mental wellbeing in the community, for each individual, it can feel as though they are the first and only person to walk this path. Sharing her experience might help someone else and is part of Susan’s commitment to herself to continue to work on her wellbeing.

November 29 Libby Stewart Breaking Through: 75 years of women in Parliament

Libby, the Senior Historian at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, returns to tell us all about this exhibition celebrating the 75 years since Dame Enid Lyons and Dorothy Tangney were the first elected women in Federal Parliament in 1943. How have things changed since then?

December 6 Latham Primary School Choir

The Latham Primary School choir first visited us in 2010. This has developed into a tradition which we look forward to – and the children do, too.