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PAWS May – The Essex Scrubber

Sheila Gray with Christine Beedle MBE (right)

PAWS May – The Essex Scrubber

PAWS’ May meeting saw 43 members listening to Christine Beedle MBE talk about “The Essex Scrubber”.  Christine was a very inspirational speaker and started off by talking about buying her cleaning business and obtaining her first contract with Willis Corroon in Ipswich, cleaning Norman Foster’s iconic building (see below), in 1975.

From 35 to 850 Cleaners

Christine started with 35 cleaners and build the business to 850 when she sold the business in 2000. She wanted to change the face of cleaners for good and promote cleaners as a profession.

It was a fabulous journey but the most enjoyable part of it all was seeing women join the business and grow with it. We always promoted from within.

Christine worked closely with the CSSA (Cleaning and Support Service Association) for ten years and was the only woman on the Association’s Board of Directors.  The government, the DTI and the Low Pay Commission regularly approached Christine for her views on employment issues, such as National Minimum Wage and Working Time Directive.

The Willis Building

Recognition

Recognition flowed as Christine was voted East Anglia Businesswoman of the Year in 1992, won the Women into Business Award presented by Kenneth Clarke, Chancellor of the Exchequer, at 10 Downing Street in 1995, and the MBE for Services to the Cleaning Industry in 1998, presented by the Queen.

She has written 2 books outlining her journey and humorous facts along the way.  These books were were on sale on the night. Christine was happy to answer the numerous questions after her talk.

henry-brickwoodThe Best Back Gardens

Our next get together is on June 27th when Henry Brickwood returns with his talk on “Best Back Gardens”.  Read about his last visit in 2013 here.  Membership is currently full but visitors are very welcome at a cost of £5.00 which includes refreshments.

You can find details of all our meetings and speakers on the diary of the home page of this website. If you would like further information about P.A.W.S please ring either of the following committee members:

  • Alice Holmes 01206 735510, or
  • Jane Anderson 01206 735505.
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PAWS April – All About Stunts

Lucy Allen & Lorraine Davies

Lucy Allen with Lorraine Davies

PAWS April – All About Stunts

PAWS’ April meeting featured Lucy Allen who has been a professional stuntwoman for 27 years, 37 members attended and enjoyed her talk.

Inspired by Olga Korbut

Watching Olga Korbut at the Munich Olympics inspired Lucy as a child Lucy to be daring. Training in gymnastics and acting she found that she was very good and wanted a career involving both regimes. She needed an Equity card to get employment and took the first job that she was offered in order to get this – this turned out to be nude gymnastics in Istanbul!

The next job was in a circus, spinning by her teeth on a high rope, which gave her a taste for the daredevil life she longed for. She applied for the Equity Stunt Register and started her career as a stuntwoman, first under supervision, then on her own and lastly arranging stunts for herself and others.

Lucy Allen & BikeFalling & Bikes

Lucy performs two types of fall from buildings or other high places; for very high and more dangerous falls she wears a harness attached by a wire to a crane. For others she free-falls onto an airbag to break her fall; timing and great skill are needed to ensure that she does actually land on it. Her highest wire dive was 100 feet and her highest free-fall was 65 feet. She is an accomplished rider of many types of motorbike, so is in demand to act as a double in films involving fast chases on bikes and in cars.

Lucy has to wear a lot of protective wear to avoid injury, like a back brace, joint supports and kneepads. Lucy covers herself in Zel Gel and wears Nomex fire-resistant underwear if she is being set on fire.  She has doubled for many famous actors including Helen Mirren, Sophie Thompson and Julie Walters.  She doubles for Julie Walters in the film ‘Mary Poppins Returns’.

Lucy is very enthusiastic about her work and says that she particularly likes parts where she has to act as well as perform stunts. There were lots of questions after the talk.

Christine Beedle - Essex ScrubberThe Essex Scrubber

Our next get together is on May 23rd when Christine Beedle will give us a talk on “The Essex Scrubber”.  Membership is currently full but visitors are very welcome at a cost of £5.00 which includes refreshments.

You can find details of all our meetings and speakers on the diary of the home page of this website. If you would like further information about P.A.W.S please ring either of the following committee members:

  • Alice Holmes 01206 735510, or
  • Jane Anderson 01206 735505.
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PAWS March – AGM & Fashion Show

Fashion Show ModelsPAWS March – AGM & Fashion Show

44 members attended PAWS AGM on 28th March. The formal part of the evening was dealt with first with Jackie Manning reading out her President’s Report for the year followed by the Treasurer’s Report by Jane Anderson. The current committee were re-confirmed for the current year with Lorraine Davies being confirmed as President and Caroline Wilson as her Vice.

Fashion Show

The AGM was then followed by a Fashion Show provided by Lisa Merrett from Alaric Fashions. Models for the night were (from left to right in the photo), Alex Henderson, Janet Sheehan, Vivienne Ohmke, Jackie Manning and Bry Mogridge, who all did an amazing job.  After the show members had the opportunity to browse and buy.

Lorraine ended the evening by presenting Jackie with a bouquet of flowers and thanking her for all her hard work and said she was looking forward to the forthcoming year.

PAWS next get together is on 25th April when Lucy Allen will talk about “A Stuntwoman’s Life”.  Membership is currently full but visitors are very welcome at a cost of £5.00 which includes refreshments.

Details of all meetings and speakers can be found on the diary of the home page of this website. If you would like further information about P.A.W.S please ring either of the following committee members:

  • Alice Holmes 01206 735510, or
  • Jane Anderson 01206 735505.

 

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PAWS February – Perrywood Garden Centre

PAWS February – Perrywood Garden Centre

At our last Meeting on 28th February, 39 members plus 5 visitors came along to hear Alan Bourne give us the History of Perrywood Garden Centre.

The Perrywood Garden Centre

The Perrywood Garden Centre

Perrywood is an independent, family-owned garden centre and nursery run by Alan, Karin and their children Simon & Hannah in Essex. We work hard to produce and source quality plants and products for your home and garden. Whether you are a plant enthusiast or want a day out with the family we have the products, customer service and facilities you are looking for. Our large covered areas allow you to visit whatever the weather, and you can enjoy a home cooked meal or cream tea in our light, bright modern coffee shop. Our 10 acre site is surrounded by beautiful countryside, backing onto woodland and views over the Kelvedon valley.

Alan Bourne & Members

Alan Bourne & Members

Named after local wood

Perry Wood is next to the site and lent its name to the business back in the 50’s when Alan Bourne’s parents, Mary and Les, bought the land and called it Perrywood Nurseries. They started out growing potatoes and pick-your-own strawberries.

After working for Colchester parks department, and seeing the supermarkets begin to take over the strawberry market, son Alan Bourne started to grow plants to sell from the front of the property and took over the business with his wife Karin in 1984.

Over the next 30 years they gradually grew the site into an award-winning garden centre.  It now attracts customers from all over Essex and further afield. Two of Alan and Karin’s children – Simon and Hannah – now help run the business.

A truly interesting and informative evening and we hope to follow this up with a visit and tea.

Our next get together is on 28th March and is our AGM and therefore a closed meeting. Members will also be treated to a Fashion Show with the opportunity to browse and purchase should they so wish.

Find details of all our meetings and speakers on the diary of the home page of this website. If you would like further information about P.A.W.S please ring either of the following committee members:

  • Alice Holmes 01206 735510, or
  • Jane Anderson 01206 735505.
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PAWS January – Life in Spain as a Journalist

PAWS January – Life in Spain as a Journalist

Ian Frewer with members

On 10th January PAWS met in their temporary home at St, Mary’s Church in Peldon.  33 members turned out to hear Ian Frewer talk about his “Life in Spain as a Journalist”. Ian started his talk with a brief History of Spain itself covering such facts as:

  • 1936 saw the last legal burning of a witch in Spain,
  • the expulsion of 150,00 Jews in 1492, and
  • the various invasions over the centuries.

From the mid 80’s he had a holiday home in Spain and in the early 90’s he moved out there permanently. He worked on the Costa Blanca News covering such stories as

  • Tigers in Torrevieja,
  • the bombing of MacDonalds by ETA, and
  • Working Girls to name but a few.

He then joined a local radio with a friend on a live show covering music, local news and interviewing local celebrities. He moved back to the UK about 9 years ago. Ian was a very interesting speaker and we all enjoyed the talk and the refreshments afterwards.

Next Meeting

PAWS next get together is on the 28th February when the speaker will be Alan Bourne.  Alan will talk about “The History of Perry Garden Centre”.  Membership is currently full but visitors are very welcome at a cost of £5.00 which includes refreshments.

Details of all meetings and speakers can be found on the diary of the home page of the Winstred 100 website. If you would like further information about P.A.W.S please ring either of the following committee members: Alice Holmes 01206 735510 or Jane Anderson 01206 735505.

 

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The Who Will Care? Awards Return for 2017

Who Will Care? AwardsThe Who Will Care? Awards Return for 2017

Nominations are now open for the prestigious Who Will Care? Awards taking place on 24 May 2017. Seven award categories celebrate the unsung heroes volunteering across Essex.  They bring together communities and individuals who are working to make Essex an even greater place to live, work and visit. 

Nominate any business, charity or individual you feel deserves recognition for their volunteering efforts in our county, by filling in an online form

Nominations close Friday 3 March 2017 at midnight. Read about last year’s winners here.

The awards bring together communities and individuals across Essex who are working to make Essex an even greater place to live, work and visit.

Seven Categories

  • The Business Award
    For commercial organisations who have made an impact in their community.
  • The Voluntary Community Service Award
    Reflecting innovation or outstanding service delivery by a third sector organisation.
  • Individual Volunteer Award (Young Person)
    For volunteers aged under 18 who have demonstrated outstanding commitment within their community. This may be something they have done independently or in connection with a charity/community group or employer.
  • Individual Volunteer Award (Adult)
    For volunteers aged 18+ who have demonstrated outstanding commitment within their community. This may be something they have done independently or in connection with a charity/community group or employer.
  • Individual Volunteer Award
    For volunteers who have overcome adversity to contribute to a group or community despite the challenges they have faced.
  • Volunteer Team Award
    A group of two or more volunteers of any age who have made an outstanding contribution to their community either independently or with a charity, community group or their employer.
  • Innovation Award
    For social enterprises, commercial organisations and individuals who have demonstrated innovation to support the community.
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PAWS December – Christmas Meal at the Granary

PAWS December – Christmas Meal at the Granary

Members enjoying the Christmas Meal at the Granary
More members enjoying the Christmas Meal at the Granary

On Tuesday 13th December 2016, 36 members arrived at the Granary Restaurant for the PAWS Christmas meal. There was lots of laughter and chat.  Everyone enjoyed the chance to relax and talk to other members in the festive atmosphere.  The meal was appreciated by everyone, though most were beaten by the quantity.  We all had a present from ‘Santa’s Sack’, which ranged from a Bell from Santa’s Sleigh to flying birds and jumping insects!  After coffee and mince pies it was time to go home, all agreeing that it had been a most enjoyable evening.

Next Meeting & Talk

Our next get together is on the 10th January, 2017 when our speaker will be Ian Frewer.  His subject “My life in Spain as a Journalist”.

Membership is currently full but visitors are very welcome to attend at a cost of £5.00 which includes refreshments.

Contact & More Information

Details of all our meetings and speakers can be found on the diary of the home page of this website.  If you would like further information about P.A.W.S please ring either of the following committee members: Alice Holmes 01206 735510 or Jane Anderson 01206 735505

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Leonardo da Panto

Leonardo da Panto

It’s that time of year!

Hello All, this year the Peldon Panto moves into St Mary’s as the construction of the new hall gets underway.  An amazing challenge for the players this year as we tread boards previously untrodden in a new setting.

Come to see Leonardo da Panto in a truly authentic(ish) renaissance-style backdrop.  Written by Simon Nunan, this panto looks at the Italian renaissance, with beautiful, scheming Borgias, Machiavellian intrigue, and slap-dash artists.

Cheer for the goodies, boo at the baddies, hiss at the interval wine….

We’d love to see you there, tickets are selling out fast.

  • 25th – 27th Jan 7.30pm
  • 28th Jan 2.00pm and 7.30pm

BOX OFFICE contact Mel Newton on: 07738 000378 or m.newton@btinternet.com

Hope to see you all there.
PVHMC and the Peldon Players!

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PAWS November – 10th Anniversary

PAWS November – 10th Anniversary

Peldon, Abberton & Wigborough Society is 10 Years Old!

10 years ago a decision was made to break away from the WI and become an independent ladies social group based in Peldon. We continued with monthly speakers with talks on a wide range of topics to include history, gardening, fashion and much more. So, no more Jam Continue reading

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PAWS October – A Sailor’s Life

Phil Lyons, presenter of A Sailor's Life, with JackiePAWS October – A Sailor’s Life

At the October meeting, our president, Jackie, welcomed Phil Lyons who had come along to talk about A Sailor’s Life.

Phil started with the fact that 21 men from Colchester and the surrounding villages had served at the Battle of Trafalgar on 21st October 1805. At that time Britain had the greatest navy in the world, with 108 ships but after the battle, they possessed 152 ships as they had captured those of the French and Spanish.

Boys as young as 7 served on board, often at sea for over 2 years before setting foot on terra firma. Crews were recruited by press gangs and quota men who rounded up paupers and criminals to serve in the navy. Interestingly 2 of the Colchester men joined voluntarily.  Life on the ships was a mixture of boredom, terror and sheer hard work. It took 8 men to hold the wheel in calm weather and 12 men in a storm, then there was always a danger of catching the wheel and being thrown overboard.

Food was poor with maggots in the meat and weevils in the ship’s biscuits, but men did not complain as at least they were fed. To prevent scurvy, Nelson provided his sailors with onions not limes!  The best part was the daily ration of grog, a mixture of half a pint of rum mixed with 4 parts of water, and a gallon of small beer served daily.  This provided the men with 200 units of alcohol a week!

The sailors slept in hammocks, caught rats for fun and were flogged for any misdemeanour.  50% died from malaria, yellow fever or typhus and many were wounded in battle. Desertion, mutiny and cowardice were hanging offences!

So was a sailor’s life a merry life? I leave you to decide.

Next Meeting

Our next meeting is our 10th anniversary celebration on the 22nd November, as such it will be closed to non-members. You can find details of all our meetings and speakers on the diary of the home page of this website. If you would like further information about P.A.W.S please ring either of the following committee members:

  • Alice Holmes 01206 735510, or
  • Jane Anderson 01206 735505
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