Canberra Seniors

A Meeting Place for the Over 50s

This Month

Dear Friends

Congratulations to all who helped with the big events last week. AGM was Tuesday, Staying Safe Online was Wednesday, Trivia Afternoon on Thursday and a Digital Skills activity on Friday.

Members elected to the Board were David Lamont, Sharon Sams, Patricia Gration, Sena Athugalage, Michael McGurgan, Tery Anstey, Raema Blake, Linda Shaw, Andrea Dean and Val Roots. New members names are in bold print. Congratulations and thank you!

Volunteers from Telstra attended on the Avoiding Scams session on Wednesday and Cristina Cawkell gave a clear and entertaining presentation with great tips. Here is a link to her presentation.

Thirty members and guests attended the inaugural trivia afternoon on Thursday. The competition was intense between the teams! “Trivia Tragics” won by one point with their knowledge of fashion trends (legwarmers) proving helpful. A tasty high tea, an entertaining compere, interesting and varied questions plus a great organising team meant it was a successful gathering. The next Trivia Afternoon will be 16 November from 1 pm. Please come along! RSVP here.

As you might have seen on the TV news, Senator Amanda Rishworth and Alicia Payne MP visited the Centre on Friday. The purpose was to announce the extension of the Be Connected digital skills program. This means there will be four more years of support for over 50s to stay safer and be more confident going online. Thank to you all who made this quickly planned event so successful, especially our partners at The Good Things Foundation. (You are welcome to access Be Connected anywhere and anytime to support your own learning.)

November birthday lunch is scheduled for 9 November. Roast lamb is on the menu followed by cheesecake. RSVP here.

November Lunch and Learning, 23 November at 12.30 pm is being presented by OPALS (Older Persons ACT Legal Service) which is a specialist service within Legal Aid ACT to provide flexible legal assistance for issues that affect older people in the ACT. RSVP here. If you can’t attend but need some help, call 1800 353 374 or (02) 6243 3436 or visit

Christmas Markets will be held 1 December from 4 pm-7 pm. We have performers and crafts people arranged for presentations during the afternoon. We have some craft items in various stages of completion. However, we need more volunteers and more items. Can you cook? Create? Serve? Manage a stall? There are lists on the Dining Room wall. Sign up please!

One stall at the Christmas Markets will be recycled gifts. These will be new/unused but unwanted items. For example, I’m donating a boxed set of wine glasses. Others have already donated beautiful linen tea towels and a package of herbal teas with a tea infuser. Look around in your cupboards and see if you have items that you might donate. Do a little decluttering! The items will make economical Christmas gifts as we will sell them at only a portion of their original value.

Members of the Board have proposed that the funds raised from the Christmas Markets goes toward purchasing comfortable chairs and other furniture. We hope to be able to create a couple of areas for sitting and chatting or doing jigsaws/board games.

You can now book and pay for Christmas Lunch at Gunghalin Lakes ($30), 7 December 12 pm. Remember if you need transport, let me know as there are members ready to help with transport.

We all value the friendly atmosphere at the Centre. However, we do have to take safety very seriously, especially in the kitchen and this means limiting access to the kitchen. There is now a trolley in the dining room for dirty dishes and I’ve put a microwave at the back of the Dining Room for the use of members. Thank you for your cooperation.

Best wishes to all

Andrea Dean


October Events

20 October

You are invited to a free Get Online Week event + lunch

Friday 20 October 2023, 11.30am – 1.30 pm.


Learn something new at our Get Online Week event!

Have a go at fun activities to help you feel safer and more confident getting online and share lunch with other locals. You will also get the chance to meet our special guest The Hon Amanda Rishworth MP.


26 October

You are invited to a Lunch and Learning Session Thursday 26 October, 12.30 pm-1.30 pm.

(lunch is available from 12 pm: please RSVP for catering purposes, $7)

Learn about Advance Care Planning.

Advance care planning  involves planning for your  future health care. It enables you to make some decisions now about the health care you would or would not like to receive if you were to become seriously ill and unable to communicate your preferences or make treatment decisions

Events are open to those who are not members of Canberra Seniors.

Thank you,

Andrea Dean

Email for further information or to RSVP.


Italian Cooking Series

12 Aug

16 Sept

14 Oct

Click to register

Birthday lunches: 12 Oct, 9 Nov

Christmas Market: 1 Dec

Christmas Lunch: 7 Dec

Centre Closes: 8 Dec

Centre Reopens: 15 Jan

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land where we live and work and their continuing connection to land, water, sea and community.

We pay respects to Australia’s First Peoples, to their unique and diverse cultures, and to Elders past, present and future.