On our July social night, the quiet summer evening was rocked into life by the great Swing music played by Esther and the Jitterbugs. The scene was set with the hall decked with fairy lights, large American and British Flags and posters of rock and roll legends, Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Bill Haley & The Comets and many more. Centre stage was an amazing Wurlitzer, designed and made for us by John Fell who lives in the village, it really was incredible.
The stage was set for Esther and her dancers, dressed in 40’s and 50’s style clothing to show us their amazing routines. Their expertise and dancing techniques as they stepped and twirled set plenty of toes tapping! Esther and David (Texas Tommy) are both long-established teachers of Swing, Jive and Lindy Hop. They both love to wear period clothes and are seldom seen out wearing anything modern. They have built up quite a reputation and following and are in great demand for special events all around Suffolk and Essex. (Find out more here).
After enjoying hot dogs and plenty of ice-cream sodas we had a lot of fun trying ourselves as Esther gave us a lively jive lesson. It looked so easy until you tried to put it all together!! To round off the evening Alex was presented with the prize for the best costume in 40’s – 50’s style. We were also treated to a terrific choice of raffle prizes in keeping with the theme of the evening. I wasn’t lucky enough to win that eve but am still hoping that one day ….
With no meeting in August, on Tuesday 27th September, PAWS will welcome Mrs Wendy Butcher. She will be entertaining us with ‘The Connie’ – A History of a Holiday Camp. Details of all meetings and speakers are on the calendar of the home page of this website. If you would like further information about PAWS please ring either of the following committee members:
After a long and lovely day soaking up the sunshine in our gardens we spent the evening on a journey around Great Gardens of Great Britain with Andrew Babicz. With the help of superb photos, we explored some of the great and beautiful gardens of Britain.
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25th July was PAWS last meeting in the lovely St Mary’s church; it was a great evening with music & monologues from Elaine Barker:
Elaine threw off the straightjacket of school teaching and moved on to the good life: a new home in a country village, giving guitar lessons, calling for Continue reading
Our meeting on 26th July, was our annual July Social, and was well attended with 44 members and 2 visitors. We first attended to business and then had a wonderful Fish and Chip Supper. After supper we were entertained by Bows “n” Belles, a Colchester Clog Dancing Group. Continue reading
41 members and 2 visitors attended our July annual social night. This year’s theme was the “Mad Hatter’s Tea Party”. This was an opportunity for those who wished to dress as their favourite character from ‘Alice in Wonderland’ or ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ to do so and indeed they did. A collection of rabbits, mad hatters, the queen of hearts and 2 Alices to name but a few arrived early, “Not late” for another lovely evening. There was themed tea party food including sandwiches and a variety of cakes washed down with a “Drink Me” bottle of fizz and I’m glad to report we did.
There were 3 quiz’s to be completed, the joint one was won by the team consisting of Helene Gooding, Jean Hicks, Pam Leggett, Marianne Smith, Wyn Oxton and Caroline Wilson with 17 points out of a potential 20 and the best dressed was awarded to Jean Hedger as the outstanding “Mad Hatter” of the night. Also the game “Pinning the moustache on the Cheshire Cat” was won by Angela Clark.
As we don’t meet in August our next get together is on the 22nd September when Edward Lubbock and Sue Kidd will tell us about “Hot Air Ballooning”. Membership is currently full but visitors are very welcome at a cost of £5.00.
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 either of the following committee members: Alice Holmes 01206 735510 or Jane Anderson 01206 735505.
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.