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PAWS – July Search & Rescue Report

matt-cloke

37 members and 4 visitors attended our June meeting when Matt Cloke, Chairman of Essex Search and Rescue, came along to tell us all about this worthwhile charity. He explained that it was run by a highly trained and experienced group of volunteers who came from all sorts of backgrounds and work alongside the police to help search for high risk and vulnerable people that go missing in Essex and the surrounding area.   We were surprised to hear that every year this is some 5,000-6,000 people.  They receive no public funding but manage on donations, street collections, grants and the lottery.  Their most recent involvement was with the Steven Reis case in June this year, a local Rowhedge man, which involved 500 man hours over 6 days covering some 375 acres of land but resulting tragically in his body being found by a member of the public.  Matt was very obviously passionate about his work and was very interesting to listen to.

Our next meeting is at 7.30pm on July 26th when we will be having our annual Social Night. This year’s theme is “Great Britain Evening” and we will be having music and singing provided by Helen Abbey and her accompaniment and suitable refreshments.  There will also be a prize for the best hat!  Membership is full but visitors are very Welcome, at a cost of £5.00 for July’s evening, by contacting any of the following committee members.

If you would like any further information about P.A.W.S. please ring any of us on any of the following numbers. Alice 01206 735510, Jane 01206 735004, Julia 01206 735053 or Sue 01206 735212.

 

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PAWS – June Waifs & Strays Report

jane_maylon46 members and 6 visitors attended our May meeting when Jane Maylon (right in the photo) told us all about “Adopting an Attitude”.  It was a most intriguing title and most of us had guessed incorrectly when Jane proceeded to tell us all about her Adoption in the mid 50’s, at the tender age of just 6 weeks from the “Waifs and Strays” now known as “The Childrens Society.”  She talked about the change in attitude to adoption relaying many amusing stories along the way.  She also told us how she had tracked down her birth Mother in Canada, and having written to her for several years, finally meeting her.  It was a very uplifting experience and Jane was a delight to listen to.

Our next meeting is at 7.30pm on June 28th when Matt Cloke will tell us all about “Search and Rescue.”  We will also be having a silent auction of new and nearly new items.  Membership again is full but visitors are very welcome at a cost of £3.50.

 

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PAWS – May Beeb Report

brian curtois44 members and 3 visitors attended our April meeting when Brian Curtois told us all about his “30 years with the BBC.”  Brian started his early career as a Reporter with a small newspaper in Hornchurch before progressing onto the Ilford Recorder.  He then moved to Nottingham before returning to London as part of the Press Agency. He covered a number of major events including the Great Train Robbery and the wedding of Peter Sellers to Britt Ekland. On his first attempt at joining the BBC he got a rejection letter but one year later his second attempt to be offered the post of General News Reporter. For 3 years he covered the Middle East and then Northern Ireland. Over the years he has interviewed numerous people including Ian Paisley, Margaret Thatcher, Mohammad Ali and Bruce Forsythe to name but a few and worked with people like Alan Freeman and Terry Wogan on Late Night Extra and David Dimbleby when working as the Political Correspondent at Westminister. He saw lots of changes over the years with the change from radio to television and relayed several amusing stories.   Another very enjoyable evening.

Our next meeting is at 7.30pm on June 28th when Matt Cloke will tell us all about “Search and Rescue.” We will also be having a silent auction of new and nearly new items.  Membership again is full but visitors are very welcome at a cost of £3.50.

If you would like any further information about P.A.W.S. please ring any of us on any of the following numbers. Alice 01206 735510, Jane 01206 735004, Julia 01206 735053 or Sue 01206 735212.

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PAWS – April Wig Report

paws-wigs-20110442 members, in a variety of wigs and waistcoats, attended our AGM in March when we appointed a new President, Gen Fretwell, from the re-elected committee. Gen takes over from Julia Dymond who had a very “enjoyable year” despite her original misgivings. Once the business side of the evening, which included reports from both the President and Treasurer, had been conducted, we then had a lovely supper of shepherd’s pie followed by a choice of sumptuous deserts made by various members of our very talented committee.  The evening was rounded off with a Quiz.

Our next meeting is at 7.30pm on May 24th when Jane Malyon is going to talk to us about “Adopting an Attitude.”  Membership again is full but visitors are very welcome at a cost of £3.50.

If you would like any further information about P.A.W.S. please ring any of us on any of the following numbers. Alice 01206 735510, Jane 01206 735004, Julia 01206 735053 or Sue 01206 735212.

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PAWS – March Wildlife Report

barry kaufmann-wright 38 members and 10 visitors attended our meeting in February when we welcomed back Barry Kaufmann-Wright to talk to us about his passion for Wildlife Photography. Barry showed us a small selection of his 4000+ slides taken over 35 years.  Barry’s love of wildlife goes back to his late teens when he worked with Gerald Durrell at Jersey Zoo. Over the years he has worked in the Police Force, his last role as a Wildlife Crime Officer and now currently works for Natural England and DEFRA.  He had wonderful slides of various birds including robins, wrens, dunnocks, kestrels, owls and eagles and wildlife from foxes, badgers, red squirrels, polecats to a unique white red deer (the only one in the U.K.)   He also showed us slides of glorious bluebells, a variety of orchids and butterflies. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening and I’m sure he will be invited back another time so we can hear one of his other interesting talks. 

Our next meeting is at 7.30pm on April 26th when Mr. Brian Curtois is going to talk to us about his “30 years with the BBC”.  Membership again is full but visitors are very welcome at a cost of £3.50.

If you would like any further information about P.A.W.S. please ring any of us on any of the following numbers. Alice 01206 735510, Jane 01206 735004, Julia 01206 735053 or Sue 01206 735212.

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PAWS – February Mythical Report

Teasel40 members and a number of visitors attended our meeting in January when June Crisfield Chapman came along to talk to us about “Wild Plants, Myths, Magic and Medicines.” June is actually an Artist/Painter, who through her love of nature which started at an early age in Scotland where she was bought up, has created an extensive range of wood engravings which she has exhibited at the National Theatre amongst other galleries. She also wrote for the Countryman magazine for 11 years. She showed us a slide show of numerous engravings of flowers and flora and explained where some of the myths had started. It was a most interesting evening.

Our next meeting is on March 22nd when we are having our AGM. We will also have a Shepherd’s Pie accompanied by a light hearted quiz.

If you would like any further information about P.A.W.S. please ring any of us on any of the following numbers. Alice 01206 735510, Jane 01206 735004, Julia 01206 735053 or Sue 01206 735212

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PAWS – January Dinner Report

Balkerne Restaurant photosNearly 40 of us attended our Christmas Dinner at the Balkerne Restaurant in the Colchester Institute on Tuesday 14th December.  Having booked a coach for the evening it was nice for the drivers to have a night off. We started with a welcome drink either a cocktail, mock cocktail or glass of mulled wine before moving on to a sumptuous 4 course meal.   We were entertained by a singer, accompanied by a musician, and of course all the chatter on the various tables.   It was a lovely evening and the students did very well with the food and the service and I’m sure we will be returning.

Our next meeting is on February 22nd when Mr. Kaufmann-Wright is returning with his “Wildlife Photography”. Visitors are very welcome at a cost of £3.50.

If you would like any further information about P.A.W.S. please ring any of us on any of the following numbers. Alice 01206 735510, Jane 01206 735004, Julia 01206 735053 or Sue 01206 735212,

Alice

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PAWS – December Teaching Report

One of Brian Carline's Books

One of Brian Carline’s Books

44 members and visitors attended our November meeting when Mr. Brian Carline came along to tell us about his “School Experiences”.  Brian started teaching in Salford in 1971 and retired in 2005 after a long and seemingly happy career teaching in Secondary Schools.  Brian initially held two jobs down, teaching in the day and being part of a double act as a comedian in the evening, even reaching the gala final of New Faces in 1977.  Although this was his major claim to fame he did tell us that they came last.  His comical background came through whilst he recounted numerous funny incidents that happened throughout his career.  It was also one of our member’s 90th Birthday and she was presented with a special flower arrangement and a cake. Many happy returns to Isobel Parsley for the 1st December.

Our next meeting is on January 11th 2011 which is slightly earlier than normal, due to the pantomime, and June Crisfield Chapman will be speaking to us about “Wild Plants – Myths, Magic, Medicines”.  So Happy New Year and see you all then.    Visitors are very welcome at a cost of £3.50.   Membership renewal is £20 and we may have some spaces available.

If you would like any further information about P.A.W.S. please ring any of us on any of the following numbers. Alice 01206 735510, Jane 01206 735004, Julia 01206 735053 or Sue 01206 735212,

Alice

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PAWS – November First Class Report

First Class at Last by Patrick ForsytheAbout 30 members and visitors attended our October meeting when Mr. Patrick Forsythe came along to tell us about getting “Travel Books Published”. Patrick had worked in Management Training and successfully written a training book and then joined a writing group before having two travel books published.  The first  “First Class at Last” comparing budget travel with first class travel to Asia and the second “A land like none you know” all about Burma. He told us that having had the idea for the first book he sent the draft idea to several publishing companies and got rejected. He persisted and finally when following them up, one of them asked him to resubmit his ideas, he got an email saying “a contract was on its way”. He then had the problem of funding his trip so he contacted various airlines, hotels etc. who agreed to fund him in return for a write up. He read out a number of paragraphs from his books which were highly amusing and very entertaining. We also had a Silent Auction which once again proved highly successful raising £87.50 for our funds, which was a fantastic effort.

There is no meeting in December but we are having our annual Christmas celebrations on Tuesday 14th December at the Balkerne Restaurant in the Colchester Institute. So the committee would like to wish all our Members and Visitors a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year and we look forward to seeing you at our next meeting on January 11th 2011 which is slightly earlier than normal due to the pantomime.

If you would like any further information about P.A.W.S. please ring any of us on any of the following numbers. Alice 01206 735510, Jane 01206 735004, Julia 01206 735053 or Sue 01206 735212,

Alice

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PAWS – October Hoppy Report

Demonstrating traditional hop picking at Hop Festival. Thousands of hop pickers would come to Kent, often from London, and manually pick each hop off its bine.
(The contributor of this photos is Oast House Archive)

About 30 members and visitors attended our October meeting when Barbara Faulkner returned and gave us an extremely interesting talk about hop-picking after the war. It was the only way many East Enders were able to have a holiday. They had to have agreement from the farmer that he would have them back again and they met up with the same people they had been living next door to the previous summer. Strong friendships were formed between neighbouring families. Barbara explained that what she heard as “Horsemen’s Den” was actually Horsmonden. Some families did not have the train fare to get there and had to walk, sleeping in the hedgerows to get there. However, they had a wonderful time and Barbara had several photographs of her own family in the hop fields to show us.

Our next get together is on November 23rd when Brian Carline will be talking to us about “School Experiences”. As usual we meet at 7.30pm in Peldon Village Hall, Church Road, Peldon. Membership is currently closed but visitors are very welcome at a cost of £3.50 and a waiting list is in operation.

If you would like any further information about P.A.W.S. please ring any of us on any of the following numbers. Alice 01206 735510, Jane 01206 735004, Julia 01206 735053 or Sue 01206 735212.

Alice

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