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pawsPAWS AGM 2019

This month was PAWS AGM followed by a Quiz.  After the outgoing President’s report and the report by the Treasurer, Jane Anderson, Bry Mogridge was elected as the new President.  One of Bry’s first duties was to present Caroline Wilson, the outgoing President, with a beautiful bouquet of flowers.

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BBC1 Homes & CBC tenants news

There seems to have been a little flurry of news themed around Homes of late, and this news update is a distillation of it:

BBC TV Programme

BBC One are looking for people who live in interesting homes in across Essex and would be happy to try a home swap holiday for a new TV series.  

Do you live in an interesting home you’d be happy to swap with someone elsewhere in the UK for a short break?  Would you like the chance to have a new experience and discover local cuisine, sight-seeing that goes beyond the guide book, and an authentic place to stay?

Do you:


  • Live in an interesting property such as a conversion, a charming cottage, a super-modern apartment, a historic building, a period house or have an unbelievable view?
  • Want a short UK break and chance to discover a new area?
  • Like the idea of a house swap holiday, but have never tried it?



For an application form please email [email protected] with your contact details.

Please also see the link to the show’s page at the BBC:

Colchester Borough Homes

Do you know a Council tenant or leaseholder who:

  • takes an active interest in their community,
  • makes a positive difference where they live,
  • is always looking to make things better,

… then they could be just the person we’re looking for to join our Board! Tenant Board Members serve for a period of three years and bring a resident’s perspective to decisions about the future of the Company.

More information about the role and an application pack will shortly be available on our website:

If you would like us to send out information in the post to you or an interested tenant or leaseholder, please emai l[email protected] with details.

Thank you for your time! J

Berkeley Young
Board Assurance Officer
(Working days: Mon-Thu)

Colchester Borough Homes
1st Floor, Rowan House
33 Sheepen Road

Colchester CO3 3WG
Tel:  (01206) 282518
Fax: (01206) 506924 
(Typetalk users dial 18001 followed by the full number that you wish to call)


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.