Boldon - Down Your Way

Simon, second right, and Elaine, Sarah and Matthew Rose ready to cut the ribbon at the new Scout hut.
Simon, second right, and Elaine, Sarah and Matthew Rose ready to cut the ribbon at the new Scout hut.
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The community in and around West Boldon said a sad farewell to one of its oldest members. Jim Jenkins, was born on September 3, 1925 in Redcar Terrace, West Boldon, and was brought up in Wells Row, Boldon Colliery.

Jim started work in 1939 at Reyrolles in Hebburn and then served with the RAF during the Second World War. At the end of the war Jim met Doris, also a Boldon girl, and they were married in 1946 in St Nicholas Church, Hedworth Lane, Boldon Colliery. Jim and Doris have lived in West Boldon throughout the 69 years of their married life. Jim worked in various local industries after his service with the RAF and spent the last 16 years, until his retirement, with the National Coalboard at the Whitburn Workshops and at Philadelphia. Members of St Nicholas Church in West Boldon and the local community will remember Jim best with great affection carrying out his duties as church warden with great love and dedication in the village church over many years. He was always a great source of knowledge about the ancient building he cared for so lovingly and was always on hand to help visitors, filling in the history of the church or village for them, accompanied by some amusing anecdotes while he went about his work in the church and gardens. Jim remained active in church activities until his retirement as church warden less than a year ago on his 89th birthday. His life and long and happy retirement from work, was celebrated by Doris and Christine and Anne, their two daughters, friends and neighbours at a Requiem Mass in St Nicholas on September 1.

Jim in St Nicholas Church alongside a model of the church he built to scale.

Jim in St Nicholas Church alongside a model of the church he built to scale.

East Boldon Scouts were at last able to unveil their new Scout Hut, built on the site of the former hut in part of the Grey Horse Car Park in East Boldon. It has taken 18 long years of legal haggle and fundraising to now be able to celebrate this fantastic resource. Scout Master Simon Grey thanked the Rose family for kick starting the building fund with a large donation given by mourners at David Rose’s funeral. David Rose had been a great help and supporter of the East Boldon Scout movement over many years. Thanks also went to Jen Wales, from Action Station , funder Garfield Weston, Davey Bewick builder and many many more. A special cake had been made and a reception followed to celebrate the occasion. After many years of dedicated commitment to realise the finished project, everyone wholeheartedly wished Simon the best and thanks while he takes a planned short sabbatical to enjoy some family time.

There is still a day or two left to join members of St George’s Church in East Boldon on a trip to Ripon and Newby Hall and Gardens this Friday. The cost is £14 with a visit to the house and gardens an optional extra. The coach will leave from outside the church at To book, contact Joyce Longstaff on 536 4464.

East Boldon Methodist Church on Bridle Path will hold its first and third Wednesday coffee morning, plus bring-and-buy, cake stall and raffle tomorrow at 10am.

The Boldons History Group will meet in the function room of The Grey Horse on Tuesday, September 29, at 7pm. Members will hold a forum on Boldon Characters, places and buildings of the past.

Boldon Auction Galleries on Front Street, East Boldon, will hold a fine art and antique sale tomorrow at 10am. Viewing today from 1pm to 6pm and from 9am before the sale. Items will include a selection of Sunderland pottery.

West Boldon Residents’ Association will hold a pie and peas supper and raffle with entertainment by Seganainm, the local East Boldon Fold Band, on Wednesday, October 28, at 5.30pm in The Wheatsheaf in West Boldon. Tickets cost £5 and are available from members. The association’s next meeting will take place on Wednesday, October 14, in The Wheatsheaf in West Boldon at 10am.