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PAWS July – C&W Social

Jean Hedger & Sheriff Sue Copeland
Sarah and Mick Graves
Gen Fretwell & Gang
Ya Who

11 visitors joined us on Tuesday 24th July, for our Country and Western social night, on one of the hottest nights of the year.  40+ ladies and one brave young man in assorted cowboy gear strutted their stuff to live music performed by Mick Graves and Sarah who very patiently endeavoured to show us the necessary line-dancing steps and gave us a couple of amusing renditions of songs.

The supper menu consisted of an unusual selection of “Wagon Wheels, Dead Man’s Fingers, Buffalo Wings, Mexican Blood, Golden Nuggets, Sweet Delight and Cactus Cocktail” and unbelievably seemed to be enjoyed by all.

There were 3 quizzes to enjoy and the best dressed went to Jean Hedger as seen above in the photo top left.  Another lovely evening any ideas for next year?

As we don’t meet in August our next get together is on 23rd September when we welcome back Jane Malyon, once again, and her talk this time is “All about You.”    Currently membership is full but visitors are very welcome at the cost of £3.50 which includes refreshments.

Details of all our 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 one of the following committee members: Alice Holmes 01206 735510, Jane Banks 01206 735004 or Jane Anderson 01206 735505.

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PAWS June – Gardens & Jokes

david clarke and gen fretwellPAWS June Report – A Garden Holiday Experience

Six visitors joined our meeting on Tuesday 24th June when David Clarke came along to entertain us with “A Garden Holiday Experience”.

He started his talk with a joke relaying a story about a Grand Mother who was looking after her 2 year old Grandson who wanted to go out into the garden.  She was horrified some time later to find him with a slug in his mouth.  Asking him what it tasted like he replied “like worms granny!”  We all laughed and then David went on with his slide show involving gardens in Shropshire and Cheshire.  These included Ashwood Nurseries, Stockton Bury Gardens, Herefordshire, Cruckford House, and Wollerton Old Hall in Shropshire and finished with the Tatton Park Flower Show in Cheshire.  His slides were amazing and made most us of most envious of the wonderful gardens and displays of flowers etc.  David finished how he started, with another joke about a man who went into a flower shop to buy flowers for his wife.  As he didn’t seem to know what he wanted to buy the florist simply said “Tell me what you have done!”

Another very informative and entertaining evening.

Our next get together is on 22nd July when we are having our annual social night. This year’s theme is County and Western, so grab your cowboy boots for a spot of line-dancing. Currently membership is full but visitors are very welcome at the cost of £5.00 which includes a light supper and refreshments.  Pre-booking is requested by calling one of the undermentioned.

Details of all our 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 one of the following committee members: Alice Holmes 01206 735510, Jane Banks 01206 735004 or Jane Anderson 01206 735505.

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PAWS May – From Wheelchair to Windsurfer

From Wheelchair to Windsurfer – Peter Parker

Peter Parker – Stroke Vicitim

38 members and 3 visitors attended our May meeting when Peter Parker,  a recovered stroke victim, came and gave us an interesting and informative talk.

Peter told us about what happened to him in 1987, at 44 years of age, when he had a stroke which was not diagnosed for 12 days, even though he contacted his GP, went to A&E, and was sent to a General Ward at Broomfield.  He recovered when he was sent home having only had a week of therapy, using his own initiative, adapting the exercises physiotherapy had given him, brain training to increase concentration, and jogging to give physical exercise.  Patients suffer tiredness, and he still does, and often depression is another factor to be taken into consideration.  He persevered and was able to windsurf across the Channel in 1989, windsurfing being one of his targets when he was so ill.

Things have changed since then with a £12m campaign starting in 2009. If you have symptoms like those covered in F A S T – Face, Arm, Speech, Time –  call 999 – strokes which are treated early give a much better chance of recovery. 1 in 6 people will have a stroke in their lifetime with a quarter of them in the under 65’s of which one third will live, one third will have some form of disability and one third will die. Peter has publicised and raised money for the Stroke Association ever since.

Refreshments were available, as well as leaflets about Stroke Awareness, and there was the opportunity to ask questions and obtain more information from our speaker.

PAWS next get-together is on 24th June when D. Clarke will speak about “A Garden Holiday Experience”. Currently membership is full but visitors are very welcome at the cost of £3.50 which includes refreshments.

Details of all our 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 PAWS please ring one of the following committee members: Alice Holmes 01206 735510, Jane Banks 01206 735004 or Jane Anderson 01206 735505.

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Local NHS Hearing Aid service gets better

Locally NE Essex NHS will be introducing a new Hearing Aid service with shorter waiting times and more local access for people over 50 sufferinggradual hearing loss.

From June 2nd people in Tendring and Colchester will be able to get their assessment and, if needed, hearing aids fitted in less time as a “one stop” service.  At the moment patients sometimes have to wait for several weeks for appointments due to increasing demand and have to come in to Colchester Hospital.

New hearing (audiology) patients will be referred by their GP to the new NHS Community Audiology Service where they can go to clinics at surgeries and clinics locally (see list below). Patients will be assessed for the degree and nature of any hearing loss, and they can then have state-of-the-art free hearing aids fitted there and then if they wish. Those patients already being treated through the Hospital will continue their treatment there, but only new patients who are not medically suitable for the community services will in future be referred to the Hospital.

Dr. Sonica Goel, clinical lead for the project at NE Essex CCG, said: “This new service is a significant improvement for audiology patients now and in future. It costs the NHS roughly the same as the current service, but will offer faster, more responsive and convenient services for patients. It is part of the CCG’s overall approach – getting as much treatment “closer to home” for people as possible, and so freeing up the Hospital to do more of what has to be done in a high-tech acute hospital. All the hearing aids are the best in the business, and of course because this is an NHS service, they are all free to the patient.”

The new North East Essex new NHS Community Audiology Service will be run by GP Care and Scrivens Hearing Care and is now accepting GP referrals. Patients can choose between the two providers, each of whom offers a choice of clinics at several locations:

GP Care UK

Telephone Number: 0800 088 3104 Email Address: [antibot mailto=”gpcare.audiology@nhs.net”]

Locations

  • Abbey Field Medical Centre, Colchester
  • Bluebell Surgery, Colchester
  • Castle Gardens Medical Centre, Colchester
  • Creffield Medical Centre, Colchester
  • Shrub End Surgery, Colchester
  • Crusader Surgery, Clacton, Tendring
  • CVS Tendring, Clacton, Tendring
  • Great Bentley Surgery, Tendring

Scrivens Ltd

Telephone Number: 0800 085 0372 Email Address: [antibot mailto=”nhshearingcare.scrivens@nhs.net”]

Locations

  • Direkt Optik, Colchester
  • Highwoods Square, Colchester
  • Mill Road Surgery, Colchester
  • Wimpole Surgery, Colchester
  • Dedham Vale Community Health Centre, Colchester
  • Rayner Opticians, Harwich
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PAWS April – Child’s Play to radio host

Rachel Sloane

Our speaker for April was Rachel Sloane, a well-known radio presenter for Radio Suffolk.

Rachel started her working career as a nursery nurse on a children’s ward in Ipswich and was then asked by Radio Orwell to do a weekly feature on children.  For the next 4 years she did a 15-minute slot called ‘Childs Play’.  She was so successful at this that she was then asked to present a two-hour programme in the early morning, which dealt with current affairs and involved phone-in spots.  The phone calls were vetted by a team of telephonists, who then advise as to who should be put through to the live programme.  Inevitably some people who phone in are abusive or just boring, so Rachel quickly learnt how to terminate the call.  After 9 years with Radio Orwell, Rachel joined BBC Radio Suffolk and presented ‘Talk About’, which was a magazine programme, and later ‘Public Eye’, which was a consumer programme.  After 23 years as a radio presenter and producer she set up her own company with the help of her retired policeman husband, called Rachel Sloane Partnerships Ltd.  The company trains people in public speaking, hosts conferences and provides keynote speakers for various events.

During her career Rachel has interviewed a variety of people and groups and has had some very funny and embarrassing moments, and has occasionally had to ad lib to save inappropriate language and behaviour on live programmes.  She now steps in to host the morning programme on Radio Suffolk when she is not helping on cruises or organising events.

Rachel stayed to talk to members in the refreshment break.

Our next get together is on 27th May when P. Parker will be our speaker with the subject of “Wheelchair to Windsurfer”.  Currently membership is full but visitors are very welcome at the cost of £3.50 which includes refreshments.

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 one of the following committee members: Alice Holmes 01206 735510, Jane Banks 01206 735004 or Jane Anderson 01206 735505.

 

 

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PAWS March – AGM or WW2?

angela clarke prizewinnerpam foakes outgoing presidentww2 memberslandgirl lorraine

Fifty members in an array of WW2 outfits attended the AGM in March.

The formal part of the evening was attended to first with the President’s Report being read by Pam Foakes, our outgoing President, she reminded us of some of the speakers and entertainment we had had over the last year and thanked the committee for their hard work and then Jane Anderson gave a very comprehensive report on the club’s accounts.

The current Committee were re-elected together with Sue Copeland  (a previous committee member who had been persuaded to re-join) as Sheila Gray was stepping down. Gen Frewell was voted in as President for the current year with Julia Dymond agreeing to be Vice-President.  Pam was presented with a bouquet of flowers for all her hard work over her year and Sheila’s were delivered to her the following day.

Everyone then tucked into a Fish and Chip Supper and this was followed by a fun quiz which was won by Sue Copeland, Caroline Hendrickx, Diana King and Carolyn Richardson.  The prize for the best dressed went to Angela Clarke.

The next get together is on 22nd April when R. Sloane will be the speaker with the subject of “From Babies to Broadcasting”. Currently membership is full but visitors are very welcome at the cost of £3.50 which includes refreshments.

Details of all our 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 one of the following committee members: Alice Holmes 01206 735510, Jane Banks 01206 735004 or Jane Anderson 01206 735505.

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PAWS February – Lakes & Beatrix

Dudley Chignall and Pam Foakes enjoying some refreshments

Dudley Chignall and Pam Foakes enjoying some refreshments

Forty-seven members and five visitors enjoyed the speaker at our meeting in February.  Dudley Chignall, through his extensive library of photographic slides of the Lake District, showed us all his favourite walks as he is an intrepid fell walker, the Lakes being his favourite area.  He showed us where Beatrix Potter had sketched different views and houses that were later used as illustrations in her famous books.

He was also very learned about Beatrix herself, telling us that it took 10 years to get her first book published, the first one she actually paid for herself.  She had spent a lot of her holidays in the Lake District having visited it first when she was 16.  In 1905 she bought Hill Top Farm and had it renovated.  She married the local solicitor, William Heels in 1913 when she was 47.  During her lifetime she bought 15 farms and over 4,000 acres of land which she left to the National Trust.  In accordance with her wishes, Hill Top Farm has been kept exactly as it was and receives thousands of visitors a year.  It was another fascinating talk with fantastic photography.  

PAWS next get together is on 25th March and is actually the A.G.M., therefore it is a closed meeting.  Currently membership is full but visitors are very welcome at any other meeting at the cost of £3.50 which includes refreshments.

Details of all our 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 one of the following committee members: Alice Holmes 01206 735510, Jane Banks 01206 735004 or Jane Anderson 01206 735505.

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PAWS January – The Storyteller

John Lilley – The Storyteller

Forty-one members and two guests enjoyed the speaker at our meeting in January.  John Lilley is a writer and narrator of stories, and entertained us with tales of his early years training to be a doctor.  On one occasion, while observing an older doctor, he was amazed at the treatment given to a patient.  He was obviously a little tired of the same lady coming in week after week with ‘complaints’.  He got his largest syringe and took a little blood out of the lady’s left arm and put it back into her right arm, then told her that her blood had been circulating the wrong way round, but that now it would circulate in the correct direction.  She went away very happy at the solution to all her problems!

Another story involved an old spinster who lived in Wallflower Cottage in a little village.  He was curious about the name of the cottage, and after several visits discovered the reason.  The lady had been engaged to a man in her early years until she discovered that he had several ‘girl friends’ and was very annoyed; unfortunately he died very suddenly before they could get married, but not before he had willed everything he had to his fiancé.  After his death she bought the cottage and had lived there happily for many years.  She then slipped into the conversation with John Lilley that the oil of wallflowers was a deadly poison in the correct amount.  He put two and two together and made a swift visit to the police to tell all!

The stories and poems that John read were very amusing and told with great expression and feeling.  We all agreed that we should invite this charming gentleman another time to tell us more stories.

Our next get together is on 25th February when D. Chignall will talk to us about Beatrix Potter & The Lake District. Currently membership is closed but visitors are very welcome at the cost of £3.50 which includes refreshments.

Details of all our meetings and speakers can be found on the diary of the home page of the Winstread 100 website.  If you would like further information about P.A.W.S please ring one of the following committee members: Alice Holmes 01206 735510, Jane Banks 01206 735004 or Jane Anderson 01206 735505.

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PAWS December – Dinner at the Coast

paws christmas 2013There was no meeting in December but instead on Tuesday 10th December 42 members met at the Coast Inn, West Mersea for the PAWS Christmas dinner, which certainly was a lovely way to set off the Christmas festivities. The restaurant was decorated for Christmas and very welcoming. Between eating our three course meal, we had a Christmas quiz and a raffle, which everyone enjoyed, in fact, they all agreed that it had been a fantastic evening. Going home was a little slow as there was very thick fog but thankfully we all did so safely.

Happy New Year to all our members and loyal visitors. Our next get together is on 14th January when our speaker J. Lilley is the “Storyteller”.

Currently membership is closed but visitors are very welcome at the cost of £3.50 which includes refreshments.

Details of all our meetings and speakers can be found on the diary of the home page of the Winstred 100 website. If you would like any further information about P.A.W.S. please ring one of the following committee members: Alice Holmes 01206 735510, Jane Banks 01206 7354004 or Jane Anderson 01206 735505.

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PAWS November – tales of a Masterchef

david ryan - masterchefOur November speaker was David Ryan, who from an early age, had always had a passion for cooking.  He started out at the age of 16 with Brian Turner at the Connaught Hotel in London. As an apprentice he spent 18 months preparing potatoes!  In the early seventies he decided his destiny was France.  He was lucky,  he shared a flat with a French friend who managed to secure him an entry into the Carlton Hotel in Cannes.  After spending weeks labouring for long hours with no pay he was in a state of despair.  One day he was walking along the Promenade Anglais worrying about his future when someone tapped him on the shoulder.  It turned out to be David Niven who came to his rescue, marched him back to the Carlton and sorted out his predicament with the Manager and the Chef.  The Chef took him under his wing and two brilliant years followed.

He came back to London and was taken on by the Dorchester.  One particular memory was when David Niven hired the Dorchester for an after film party.  He didn’t forget his friend and asked David to come up from the restaurant, leave the kitchen and join the party.  During his stay at the Dorchester he met and became friendly with several members of the cabinet and even got to meet the “Big Fish” Maggie Thatcher!  He had always wanted to have his own restaurant and finally realised his dream in Bournemouth, practically on the beach!   It became so popular bookings were made two years in advance.  David as a Masterchef now runs a restaurant in Horley near Stowmarket where he also takes masterclasses.  It was a fabulous evening where we all enjoyed the lovely soup David prepared for us.  He gave us lots of advice on cooking Turkeys and making stuffings etc and lots of tips, for example soaking avocado face down in milk to prevent it from going brown!   Happy cooking!!

Our next get together is on 14th January (early due to the pantomime) when our speaker will be J. Lilley and the talk is called “Storyteller”. Visitors are welcome at the cost of £3.50.

Details of all our meetings and speakers can be found on the diary on the home page of the Winstred 100 website. If you would like any further information about P.A.W.S. please ring any of the following committee members: Alice Holmes 01206 735510, Jane Banks 01206 735004 or Jane Anderson 01206 735505.

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