Regular monthly news reports from PAWS
Regular monthly news reports from PAWS
Instead of hearing about the History of Watermills, PAWS were delighted with their last-minute replacement, a very happy Peter Jones. Peter stepped in after Ken Guyton unfortunately, had to cancel due to illness. What a great evening was had, members laughed, cried and laughed so much again!
As a young boy, inspired by the antics of James Bond at Gants Hill cinema, Peter had yearned to be an actor. Discouraged from this by his mother he was encouraged to get a “sensible job”. He started professional life as a particularly rubbish Continue reading
With the Mediterranean summer behind us and all the beautiful changing colours of autumn around us, we were taken on a lovely trip down memory lane by Mrs Wendy Butcher. The delightful subject of the evening was “The Connie”, the history of the Constitutional Holiday Camp.
The camp was situated on the East Coast at Hopton-on-Sea in Norfolk. Hopton village had its own railway station which linked it with Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft. It was a lovely little rural village with a Post Office and a few shops.
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. Continue reading
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.
What makes a garden great? Continue reading
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