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PAWS – December Xmas Dinner report

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paws-dec11-4We didn’t have a meeting in December but we did have our members’ Christmas Dinner which was on the 13th December in the Balkerne Restaurant at Colchester Institute. 42 of us enjoyed a cocktail before tucking into a wonderful 4 course meal. (see photo’s above). At the end of which we were entertained by a singer (student) with keyboard accompaniment  (see photo below).  At 10.00pm our coach promptly arrived to take us home. It was another very enjoyable night.

Our next meeting is on 10th January 2012 when Rebecca Perry from Colchester Zoo is coming to talk to us (details of all our meetings and speakers can be found on the diary on the home page of the Winstred 100 website).

Membership is currently 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.

It just remains, on behalf of the committee, to wish all our members and visitors a Merry Christmas and a very Happy and Prosperous New Year.

Alice

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PAWS – November Cycling & Journalism report

paws-1111-roger-st-pierreAt our meeting on Tuesday 22nd November, we had a very entertaining and much travelled speaker.  Roger St Pierrre was born in Dorset and grew up in Essex.  At an early age he developed a passion for cycling and at the age of seven rode from Romford to Southend!  The famous cyclists of his youth became his heroes and he longed to be one of them; his knowledge was so extensive that local journalists enlisted his help in identifying cyclists in races.  At the age of 15 he was asked to write a regular column on cycling for the Romford Recorder and this later blossomed into a career in journalism lasting a number of years and including papers such as the Mirror, The Mail and the London Evening News.  Work on Music for Pleasure led him to write about all the pop stars of the time like Jerry Lee Lewis, Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin and Glen Campbell to name but a few.  During his time as a music writer he met and wrote about many of the big names from both pop and classical music and travelled to America and beyond for interviews.

wtm-1111-08We don’t have a meeting in December but we do have our members’ Christmas Dinner to look forward to which is in the Balkerne Restaurant at Colchester Institute on Tuesday 13th December. Our next meeting is on 10th January 2012 when Rebecca Perry from Colchester Zoo is coming to talk to us. Membership is currently 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.

It just remains, on behalf of the committee, to wish all our members and visitors a Merry Christmas and a very Happy and Prosperous New Year.

Alice

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PAWS – October Jewellery & Pudding report

paws-puddings-oct1141 members and 4 visitors, attended our October meeting when Catherine Steel came along with a collection of her Jewellery Designs.

We also had on offer a mouth watering selection of puddings to try which were made by various members of the committee. The evening was finished with a Food Quiz and the winner, after a tie break question, was Doris Christmas who won a bottle of Asti.

Our next and final meeting this year will be on November 22nd at 7.30pm when Roger St. Pierre will be our speaker for the night. His subject is “It isn’t all Champagne”.  Sounds very intriguing!

Membership 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 – September Around the World report

linda-scoles40 members and 2 visitors, attended PAWS September meeting when Linda Scoles told them all about her “Around the World in 23 years”.  Linda gave a very hilarious account about coming from a ranch on the Squilchuck Creek in America, and meeting her husband a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Airforce, before traveling with him on his various postings the first of which was in Guam in the middle of the Western Pacific Ocean.  After spending three years there her Husband was posted to Vietnam so she returned to the  States with their 3 children.  Finally in 1971 they were thrilled when they got a posting to England and settled for 5 years in Great Barton and had another son, named Barton of course. They then returned to the States for a period of time before being posted back and settling in England.  It was a very entertaining evening and PAWS are sure they will see Linda again with one of her other talks.

PAWS next get together will be on October 25th at 7.30pm and Catherine Steel will be showing her Jewellery Designs (it is possible they may be purchaseable).  There will also be a “Pudding Club” and Food Quiz.  Membership 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 the following numbers. Alice 01206 735510, Jane 01206 735004, Julia 01206 735053  or Sue 01206 735212.

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PAWS – July Great Britain Report

paws-jul11-241 members and 18 visitors, in a wonderful creation of hats, attended our July “Great Britain Night” on the 26th July. We were welcomed with a glass of Pimms before being entertained by Singer Helen Abbey (pictured right) and Ted Beameant on the Piano with renditions from Summertime, Down at the Old Bull and Bush,  A Nightingale sang in  Berkeley Square and Roll out the Barrel to name but a few. Hopefully something for everyone.

paws-jul11-1Between the music sessions we had a lovely selection of sandwiches and cakes made once again by talented member of the committee. The best hat, as judged by Helen and Ted, went to Marianne Smith in her own creation as seen on the left. It was another lovely evening.

Our next get together will be on September 27th at 7.30pm and Linda Scoles will be telling us about “Around the World in 23 Years”. Membership is full but visitors are very welcome, at a cost of £3.50.

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PAWS – July Search & Rescue Report

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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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Work together to combat flytipping

Fly-tipping in a stream

Fly-tipping by road or water-side is unsightly and harmful to wildlife

Colchester Borough Council and Essex Police need residents’ help to crack down on fly-tipping in the local area.

Rural areas around Colchester have suffered significant amounts of fly-tipped refuse and waste, which is dumped illegally and is spoiling the environment.

Although fly-tipping in Colchester has declined in the past year, outlying areas have remained hotspots for such activity, and is something that both the Police and the Council are working hard to tackle and enforce.

Residents are encouraged to be vigilant and inform the Council of any fly-tipping in their area, or to report any suspicion of fly-tipping activity.

We are now also asking for members of the public to take details of any vehicles, particularly tipper and flatbed lorries, carrying waste and to report them immediately to the council on the number below,  please include the type of waste being carried, time, day, date, registration and ideally any person(s) seen at the time.

Although the act of fly-tipping may not be witnessed, the Council is still able to investigate any reports of vehicles carrying waste, ascertaining if the owners have the correct and legal paperwork in place to do this.

Any person identified carrying waste illegally may be issued with a £300 fixed penalty notice or prosecuted which carries a maximum fine on conviction of £5000.

Dumping waste where it is not allowed, or allowing others to do so, is a criminal offence. You could face a very large fine or even be sent to prison if you fly-tip waste on land that does not have a license to receive it. It not only drains resources provided by the council in order to clean it up but has been responsible for several near misses with vehicles nearly ending up in ditches on the dark back roads trying to avoid it.

If you are hiring someone to dispose of waste on your behalf, check that the company or person you give waste to have a license to carry it – if the waste is dumped illegally, you could still be liable for prosecution. Protect your environment and help us to take action.

From Shane Taylor Colchester Borough Council Street Services, “Colchester Borough Council will not tolerate this eyesore. I strongly encourage residents to find out how to dispose of your waste correctly, as well as help us take action on fly-tippers by being vigilant and reporting any incidences of fly-tipping in your community.”

Local Police Officers will be looking for potential carriers and suspicions of fly-tipping activity, but it is hoped that through residents’ reports and noted activity, the Council and the Police can develop an intelligence system to spot potential patterns in fly-tipping activity in the Borough.

To report any incidences of fly-tipping in your community, contact (01206) 282700 or email customerservicecentre@colchester.gov.uk.

To contact Pc Mel Wilson – 07966 197 404

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NEW 2011/12 Recycling Calendar out now

As in previous years Colchester residents are now receiving a copy of the new 2011/12 recycling calendar in the post with their Council Tax bill.  This year deliveries will be made between 9 and 18 March.  The recycling calendar applies from April 2011 onwards unless you use communal recycling and rubbish bins.  Please look out for your calendar and help Colchester recycle even more this year. The Calendar includes information on:

  • what you can recycle in blue and green weeks
  • when and how to put your recycling out for collection
  • the enhanced garden waste collection of up to 8 sacks from 1 November 2011 

Visit www.colchester.gov.uk/recycling for information and online services to help you reduce, reuse and recycle your rubbish, home compost and much more.   Alternatively email recycling@colchester.gov.uk or phone 01206 282700.  The Recycling Calendar can be viewed online where you can print replacement copies.  It is also available at a range of outlets across the borough including the Customer Service Centre on Colchester High Street.  You can also go online to find information on when rolls of recycling and rubbish bags will be delivered to households (except to flats with communal bins), and find where to get more recycling boxes, bags and sacks.

For collection news, handy tips and local events register online for the Recycling and Waste E-Newsletter and ‘like‘ Recycle for Colchester on facebook

Thank you for recycling your rubbish!

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Picture report from Five Parishes

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Pictorial report from the 2010 Five Parishes Show

 

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{besps_c}0|5parishes003.jpg|Suffolk Punch family, foal’s first outing| {/besps_c}

{besps_c}0|5parishes004.jpg|Suffolk Punches ready to walk on| {/besps_c}

{besps_c}0|5parishes005.jpg|Sealed Knot in training| {/besps_c}

{besps_c}0|5parishes006.jpg|Muskets & Pikes at ready| {/besps_c}

{besps_c}0|5parishes007.jpg|”That modern uniform will never catch on”| {/besps_c}

{besps_c}0|5parishes008.jpg|Young riders ready to compete| {/besps_c}

{besps_c}0|5parishes009.jpg|Best-in-class round of in-hand| {/besps_c}

{besps_c}0|5parishes010.jpg|My (webmaster’s) favourite in-hand| {/besps_c}

{besps_c}0|5parishes011.jpg|In-hand class| {/besps_c}

{besps_c}0|5parishes012.jpg|Where did that other carriage go?| {/besps_c}

{besps_c}0|5parishes013.jpg|Behind you! Careful on the corners please.| {/besps_c}

{besps_c}0|5parishes014.jpg|Are we catching up?| {/besps_c}

{besps_c}0|5parishes015.jpg|Getting bored now, can’t we zig-zag at least.| {/besps_c}

{besps_c}0|5parishes016.jpg|Who’s behind me?| {/besps_c}

{besps_c}0|5parishes017.jpg|When you are quite ready can we make a start?| {/besps_c}

{besps_c}0|5parishes018.jpg|… up and over the bridge…| {/besps_c}

{besps_c}0|5parishes019.jpg|… A-frame …| {/besps_c}

{besps_c}0|5parishes020.jpg|… and weave – keep focus on the finish!| {/besps_c}

{besps_c}0|5parishes021.jpg|If that dog (webmaster’s) gets any closer I’ll eat him!| {/besps_c}

{besps_c}0|5parishes022.jpg|Who are you looking at?| {/besps_c}

{besps_c}0|5parishes023.jpg|Hawks, falcons & owls galore.| {/besps_c}

{besps_c}0|5parishes024.jpg|Spitfire| {/besps_c}

{besps_c}0|5parishes025.jpg|Spitfire again – OK I like them (webmaster)| {/besps_c}

{besps_c}0|5parishes026.jpg|Spitfire landing – oops, no undercarriage| {/besps_c}

{besps_c}0|5parishes027.jpg|Spitfire getting a taxi back to the line-up| {/besps_c}

{besps_c}0|5parishes028.jpg|Spitfire again| {/besps_c}

{besps_c}0|5parishes029.jpg|Red Arrows BAE Systems Hawk T1| {/besps_c}

{besps_c}0|5parishes030.jpg|Aero L-39C Albatros in VX-9 squadron livery| {/besps_c}

{besps_c}0|5parishes031.jpg|The holding/display area| {/besps_c}

{besps_c}0|5parishes032.jpg|USAF P38 Lightning| {/besps_c}

{besps_c}0|5parishes033.jpg|Finalists puppy class| {/besps_c}

{besps_c}0|5parishes034.jpg|Sporting Dog class| {/besps_c}

{besps_c}0|5parishes035.jpg|… and there were greyhounds; lots of them!| {/besps_c}

{besps_c}0|5parishes036.jpg|A good turn-out of fruit & veg as well| {/besps_c}

{besps_c}0|5parishes037.jpg|And there were kites, some with passengers| {/besps_c}

{besps_c}0|5parishes038.jpg|In full flight down the field| {/besps_c}

{besps_c}0|5parishes039.jpg|Kites in traditional and more eccentric designs| {/besps_c}

{besps_c}0|5parishes040.jpg|Kites of all colours against the grey clouds| {/besps_c}

{besps_c}0|5parishes041.jpg|Clogs at the ready with Annies Fantasies| {/besps_c}

{besps_c}0|5parishes042.jpg|Circle your partner carefully, sticks aloft| {/besps_c}

{besps_c}0|5parishes043.jpg|Left foot forward| {/besps_c}

{besps_c}0|5parishes044.jpg|… and keep smiling.| {/besps_c}

{besps_c}0|5parishes045.jpg|But the real stars were the Suffolk Punches| {/besps_c}

{besps_c}0|5parishes046.jpg|Suffolk Punch pushing the log around the arena| {/besps_c}

{besps_c}0|5parishes047.jpg|Suffolk Punch, mother & foal| {/besps_c}

{besps_c}0|5parishes048.jpg|And so it’s goodbye for another year.| {/besps_c}

 

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