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How to do Everything and Be Happy

Peter Jones, looking happy, with Treasurer Jane Anderson

PAWS October – How to do Everything and Be Happy

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!

Early Ambitions

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

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Zero Night

Zero Night

Zero Night the greatest untold escape story of World War II. The scene is set in Oflag V1-B the prison camp in Warburg.  It tells of 40 British and Commonwealth officers who hatched the most original and daring escape from deep inside Nazi  Germany.

Months of meticulous planning and secret training hung in the balance during three minutes of mayhem as prisoners charged the camp’s double perimeter fences.

Returning to the Tollesbury WEA, Mark Felton will entertain with his thrilling account of this remarkable escape.   It’s a story so fresh that Hollywood is making a movie out of the tutor’s book.

How to Attend

If you want to find out more about this World War II tale at Tollesbury on Saturday 10.00 -3.00 pm 10th November:

  • Check the WEA website wea.org.uk. Type in “Zero Night” in the subject or keyword box. You can book online
  • Call 0300 303 3464, alternatively
  • Contact Anne Mossman 07973 479636.

The course fee is £18 although discounts & concessions are available depending on your circumstances.

Venue address is Tollesbury Sailing Club. Woodrolfe Rd, CM9 8SE.

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History Everywhere

History Everywhere mapHistory Everywhere – 20th October

Do you enjoy walking in the countryside? Did you wonder about particular features that you see around you? Is it Saxon or Roman? Or perhaps why a town looks and feels the way it does?   If so, this one-day course, led by Nicholas James, is definitely for you.

Course Summary

Britain’s history lies in its familiar geographies. Town and country have been shaped by planning and by accidents, agreements and conflicts, policies and technologies, by work and by play, by worship, and, above all, by changing climate and population. We can identify a series of chapters:

  • the long era of prehistory, for which archaeology is the sole evidence;
  • the Roman period, commonly imagined as one of radical change but now seen, by some historians, as a mix of innovation and tradition;
  • the Saxon period, which witnessed both the collapse and the reinvention of state government and towns;
  • the later Middle Ages saw growth followed by a catastrophic decline;
  • the Early Modern period of urban and rural development under new concepts of civilization;
  • the industrial age of massive growth, technological transformation and radical policies.

The principles for studying landscapes and finding the clues are simple but the analysis of causes can be much more complicated.

How to Attend

If you want to find out more about this intriguing subject come to Tollesbury Saturday 10.00 -3.00 pm 20th October. Information about this day course can be found on the WEA website wea.org.uk. Type in “History Everywhere” in the subject or keyword box. You can book online or phone 0300 303 3464. Alternatively, contact Anne Mossman 07973 479636.  The course fee is £18 although discounts & concessions are available depending on your circumstances.

Venue address is Tollesbury Sailing Club. Woodrolfe Rd, CM9 8SE.

 

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PAWS September – The Connie

Wendy (left) with PAWS President, Caroline Wilson

Wendy (left) with PAWS President, Caroline Wilson

PAWS September – The Connie

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.

Starting in 1929

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Talks & Craft Days

Workers Educational Association - a Registered CharityTalks & Craft Days

The Tollesbury WEA are running a number of Talks & Craft Days between September & May next year to which you are warmly invited.  The events take place at either:

  • School Room, East St., Tollesbury, CM9 8QD (SR);
  • Tollesbury Sailing Club, Woodrolfe Rd, CM9 8SE. (TSC); or
  • Tollesbury Activity Centre, Woodrolfe Rd, CM9 8SE (TAC).

And are:

Talks

These are one day sessions running between 10 am – 3 pm on Saturdays and cost  £18 each.

  • Essex Country Houses (Margaret Mills) 29th Sept at SR.
  • Why Shakespeare? (Ron Marks) 13th Oct at SR.
  • History Everywhere! – Interpreting the landscape (James Nicholas) 20th October at TSC.
  • Zero Nights: The first great escape in WW11 (Mark Felton) 10th November at TSC.
  • Geoffrey Chaucer: Civil Servant and Poet (Dr Graham Platt) 13th April at SR.
  • Imperial China (David Prynn) 11th May at SR.

They will also be running an 8-week course: A Russian Journey: An introduction to Russia, the land, its people and culture…. (Dr Anat Vernitski) This runs 10 -11.30 am on Tuesdays starting at SR on 8th January and costs £58.40.

Crafts

  • Christmas Wreathes (Deb Hart) Tuesday 4th December 10 am – 4 pm £26.50 at TAC.
  • Basket making – A symmetric basket (Deb Hart)  Saturday  12th>January 9 am – 5 pm £52 at TAC.
  • Garden structures including obelisks (Deb Hart)  Wednesday 1st May 10 am – 4 pm £29 at TSC.

More Information

For more information go to http://wea.org.uk and search for course name or your postcode. Online application available. Alternatively, you can call 0300 303 3464.

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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. Continue reading

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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

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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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