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PAWS March – Easter Bonnet AGM

diane cornes  gen fretwell jean hedger  gen fretwell

Easter Bonnets & AGM

46 PAWS members attended the March meeting which was also their AGM.

As well as the business of the evening, whereby the committee and President were elected, we also enjoyed a “sweet supper” together with a quiz, a chocolate tasting and Easter Bonnet competition.

Two of the existing committee stood down with one new member, Kate Neville, being elected and Sue Copeland was elected President with Pam Foakes as Vice-President for the forthcoming year. Bouquets were presented to Gen Fretwell, the outgoing President and Jane Banks and Julia Dymond as a thank you for all their hard work on the committee over the years.

The winner of the Easter Bonnet was Diane Cornes (photo right). Jean Hedger (photo right) was also presented with a certificate in recognition of all her hard work on the Sales Tables.

Chris Mutch, our speaker, talked to us about the benefits of Magnetic Therapy in a piece of jewellery and did a hefty trade afterwards.


PAWS February – Carnival in Venice

John Wrigley & Sue Copeland

John Wrigley and Sue Copeland

carnival mask from venice

At their February meeting PAWS were entertained by John Wrigley and his slide show of Carnival Time in Venice.  John bought along his extensive collection of slides showing the many sites of the city together with various people in costumes and masks. The origins of Carnival go back to 1162 and the word itself means “Farewell, Meat.”  As lent (which begins on Ash Wednesday) obliged people to fast, it was an excuse for a party that echoed pagan festivities prior to fasting.  After a Republican uprising, a tradition of slaughtering a bull and pigs in the Piazza San Marco, to commemorate the victory, begun around Shrove Tuesday.  The celebration gradually grew and the introduction of masks began in 1268.

PAWS’ next get together is on the 26th March and as it’s their AGM it is a closed meeting.  As well as the routine business they will have a “Flapper Theme” and a light supper.