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.