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PAWS July – Jitterbugs Report

Esther & David organise JitterbugsPAWS July – Jitterbugs Report

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.

Esther & the Jitterbugs

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).

It looked so Easy!

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 ….

Next Meeting

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:

  • Lorraine Davies 01206 735348, or
  • Jane Anderson 01206 735239.

PAWS June – Great Gardens

Andrew BabiczPAWS June – Great Gardens

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.

Great Gardens are?

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PAWS May – A photojournalist visits

President, Caroline Wilson, with Deborah Brady PAWS May – A photojournalist visits

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.

Right place, right time

As with many situations, it is Continue reading


PAWS April – A Creative Journey

Amanda Sutherland talked about her creative journeyPAWS April – A Creative Journey

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!

West End Career

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PAWS March – AGM & Before and After Beauty

Caroline Hendricks - volunteer for demonstration

Caroline Hendricks – willing volunteer

PAWS March – AGM & Before and After Beauty

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

  • a resumé of the Speakers we had enjoyed listening to, and
  • outings that had been arranged including Christmas Dinner at The Old Siege House.

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PAWS February – A Sea Dog called Bamse

A Sea Dog called Bamse (WW11 Canine Hero)

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


PAWS January – Wildlife in Gardens

Roger Hance - wildlife in gardens

Roger Hance talked about wildlife in gardens

PAWS January – Wildlife in Gardens

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.

Attracting Birds

Roger gave some useful tips which can help attract more birds to your garden.  Consider Continue reading


PAWS November – Jardiniere & Flowers

Liz Kirby from Jardiniere

Liz Kirby from Jardiniere shows off her creations

PAWS November – Jardiniere & Flowers

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


PAWS October – Anyone for Tea?

PAWS October – Anyone for Tea?

Bold Initiative

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


PAWS September – Emily Entertains

Emily Yarrow singing

Emily Yarrow at the New Community Hall

PAWS September – Emily Entertains

On September 26th, Emily Yarrow came along to entertain 39 of our members with a night of singing and stories. Emily is a professional actor and classical and cabaret singer. She has worked in the UK and abroad on various Continue reading

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