PAWS’ May meeting saw 43 members listening to Christine Beedle MBE talk about “The Essex Scrubber”. Christine was a very inspirational speaker and started off by talking about buying her cleaning business and obtaining her first contract with Willis Corroon in Ipswich, cleaning Norman Foster’s iconic building (see below), in 1975.
Christine started with 35 cleaners and build the business to 850 when she sold the business in 2000. She wanted to change the face of cleaners for good and promote cleaners as a profession.
It was a fabulous journey but the most enjoyable part of it all was seeing women join the business and grow with it. We always promoted from within.
Christine worked closely with the CSSA (Cleaning and Support Service Association) for ten years and was the only woman on the Association’s Board of Directors. The government, the DTI and the Low Pay Commission regularly approached Christine for her views on employment issues, such as National Minimum Wage and Working Time Directive.
Recognition flowed as Christine was voted East Anglia Businesswoman of the Year in 1992, won the Women into Business Award presented by Kenneth Clarke, Chancellor of the Exchequer, at 10 Downing Street in 1995, and the MBE for Services to the Cleaning Industry in 1998, presented by the Queen.
She has written 2 books outlining her journey and humorous facts along the way. These books were were on sale on the night. Christine was happy to answer the numerous questions after her talk.
Our next get together is on June 27th when Henry Brickwood returns with his talk on “Best Back Gardens”. Read about his last visit in 2013 here. Membership is currently full but visitors are very welcome at a cost of £5.00 which includes refreshments.
You can find details of all our meetings and speakers on the diary of the home page of this website. If you would like further information about P.A.W.S please ring either of the following committee members:
At our last Meeting on 28th February, 39 members plus 5 visitors came along to hear Alan Bourne give us the History of Perrywood Garden Centre.
Perrywood is an independent, family-owned garden centre and nursery run by Alan, Karin and their children Simon & Hannah in Essex. We work hard to produce and source quality plants and products for your home and garden. Whether you are a plant enthusiast or want a day out with the family we have the products, customer service and facilities you are looking for. Our large covered areas allow you to visit whatever the weather, and you can enjoy a home cooked meal or cream tea in our light, bright modern coffee shop. Our 10 acre site is surrounded by beautiful countryside, backing onto woodland and views over the Kelvedon valley.
Named after local wood
Perry Wood is next to the site and lent its name to the business back in the 50’s when Alan Bourne’s parents, Mary and Les, bought the land and called it Perrywood Nurseries. They started out growing potatoes and pick-your-own strawberries.
After working for Colchester parks department, and seeing the supermarkets begin to take over the strawberry market, son Alan Bourne started to grow plants to sell from the front of the property and took over the business with his wife Karin in 1984.
Over the next 30 years they gradually grew the site into an award-winning garden centre. It now attracts customers from all over Essex and further afield. Two of Alan and Karin’s children – Simon and Hannah – now help run the business.
A truly interesting and informative evening and we hope to follow this up with a visit and tea.
Our next get together is on 28th March and is our AGM and therefore a closed meeting. Members will also be treated to a Fashion Show with the opportunity to browse and purchase should they so wish.
Find details of all our meetings and speakers on the diary of the home page of this website. If you would like further information about P.A.W.S please ring either of the following committee members:
Our recent meeting in June was well attended by 43 members and a number of visitors, when we welcomed back Chris South, to give us a talk on “Basic Garden Design”.
Chris explained the essentials of redesigning a garden by knowing the type of soil you have, which direction it is facing, Continue reading
Lots of Traditional Village Fun, the Peldon Village Fete is being held by the Friends of St Mary’s and promises lots of activities for the children in particular. Taking place at the Peldon Village Hall, Church Road, CO5 7PT, on 11th June between 12-4pm, the fete will offer:
Entrance is just £2 for adults, 50p for children. See you there!
Outline Productions are a TV Production company and the makers of BBC2’s ‘The Great British Garden Revival’ and are currently making a brand new prime-time TV series which explores Britain’s beautiful private gardens.
Are you a passionate gardener, is your garden your pride & joy, do you want to prove you’ve got the best garden in town?
Well, Outline are casting for people who would like to showcase their stunning, imaginative or unique gardens to the nation, no matter what style, shape or size. Does your garden represent peace and tranquility? Is your garden fit for entertaining? Are you the proud owner of a National Collection? Perhaps it’s a tropical paradise or has an impressive prize winning fruit and veg patch? Outline are looking for people to apply and go head to head in a competition with other garden lovers to compare and critique who has the best garden / gardening skills and hospitality in town.
Outline would like to come to Essex for the first episode and have been identifying highly regarded and pretty villages in the county. They believe our community could be home to keen gardeners with fantastic gardens and are inviting anybody interested to contact them either by: