Reports and updates relating to local clubs.
Reports and updates relating to local clubs.
On our July social night, the quiet summer evening was rocked into life by the great Swing music played by Esther and the Jitterbugs. The scene was set with the hall decked with fairy lights, large American and British Flags and posters of rock and roll legends, Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Bill Haley & The Comets and many more. Centre stage was an amazing Wurlitzer, designed and made for us by John Fell who lives in the village, it really was incredible.
The stage was set for Esther and her dancers, dressed in 40’s and 50’s style clothing to show us their amazing routines. Their expertise and dancing techniques as they stepped and twirled set plenty of toes tapping! Esther and David (Texas Tommy) are both long-established teachers of Swing, Jive and Lindy Hop. They both love to wear period clothes and are seldom seen out wearing anything modern. They have built up quite a reputation and following and are in great demand for special events all around Suffolk and Essex. (Find out more here).
After enjoying hot dogs and plenty of ice-cream sodas we had a lot of fun trying ourselves as Esther gave us a lively jive lesson. It looked so easy until you tried to put it all together!! To round off the evening Alex was presented with the prize for the best costume in 40’s – 50’s style. We were also treated to a terrific choice of raffle prizes in keeping with the theme of the evening. I wasn’t lucky enough to win that eve but am still hoping that one day ….
With no meeting in August, on Tuesday 27th September, PAWS will welcome Mrs Wendy Butcher. She will be entertaining us with ‘The Connie’ – A History of a Holiday Camp. Details of all meetings and speakers are on the calendar of the home page of this website. If you would like further information about PAWS please ring either of the following committee members:
After a long and lovely day soaking up the sunshine in our gardens we spent the evening on a journey around Great Gardens of Great Britain with Andrew Babicz. With the help of superb photos, we explored some of the great and beautiful gardens of Britain.
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Our speaker, Deborah Brady, gave us an illustrated talk on what life was like as a female photojournalist in Fleet Street. Deborah, a former national press photographer, covered some of the biggest stories of the late 80’s and 90’s. She focused on news, features and her favourite, sport, for the London papers.
As with many situations, it is Continue reading
Amanda Sutherland, our Speaker for the evening, arrived carrying several interesting bags and boxes. She then slowly and carefully displayed a very colourful and enticing array of decorated hats, fascinators, wraps and jewellery. Amanda told us that her creative journey began when she was a child at school; she sold her first pieces of jewellery, made from a selection of inner soles, to her Teachers!
After completing five years in Continue reading
PAWS’ President, Lorraine, opened the AGM with a warm welcome to everyone and checked that no visitors were present. She thanked everyone for their support during the past year; especially during the months we were relocated in the Church (which proved rather cold on occasions). This was followed by a brief review of the year including
After disembarking from the Hurtigruten cruise ship in Honningsvag, northern Norway, Peter Garner’s attention was caught by a large statue of a St. Bernard on the quayside (see right). After reading a plaque on the wall he realised this dog called Bamse was a very special dog. On returning to England he unearthed this story….. Continue reading
Roger Hance came to PAWS to show the delights of Wildlife present in the Garden. His slide talk showed some of the wildlife that can be found in our gardens. Because a lot of the natural hedgerows in our countryside are diminishing, it is increasingly more important that we try to help our wildlife out by turning our gardens into habitats that will encourage birds, mammals and insects to live in.
Roger gave some useful tips which can help attract more birds to your garden. Consider Continue reading
Liz Kirby from Jardiniere on Mersea Island deftly worked her way through three flower arrangements and stressed the importance of adding a conditioning plant food with the water in your oasis. She receives fresh flowers from Holland which are Continue reading
Almost 6 years ago Jane Malyon decided to start a Cream Tea delivery service. The idea was prompted by several older friends who could no longer face the journey to London to visit The Savoy, Ritz Hotel etc. for a special tea. When she tried to register the name of “The English Cream Tea Company” they more or less said Continue reading