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An antique and interiors sale will be held in Boldon Auction Galleries on Front Street, East Boldon, on Wednesday, December 9, at 10am.

There will be a diverse collection of prints, paintings and photographs which were previously included in the Bede Gallery, Jarrow collection. A well- kept secret in Jarrow, the Bede Gallery ran for more than 28 years, closing its doors in 1996. A former air raid shelter, the Gallery ran by the enigmatic Vince Rea, was a hive of artistic activity including exhibitions and work of some very famous artists including Picasso and Matisse. One of the many lots to be sold is an unfired working model of The Spirit of Jarrow 2001 by Graham Ibbeson with sketch. Other items will include a portrait of Ellen Wilkinson, the Jarrow MP who led 200 men on the 300-mile London crusade for work in 1936 to highlight to Parliament and the people in the South their plight. Another important item of local history to come under the hammer is a life size model of the last man to be hanged and gibbeted in England. Miner William Jobling, 30, was executed more than 180 years ago and his body was tarred and enclosed in a metal cage which was displayed on a gibbet at Jarrow Slakes for six weeks. Viewing for this auction is 10am-1pm on Saturday and 2pm-6pm on Tuesday, December 8, and from 9am until the sale starts at 10am. The first general sale in the new year will take place on Wednesday, January 6.

Boldon Independent Methodist Church on North Road in Boldon Colliery is holding a Toasties and Tinsel morning at the church on Saturday from 9.30am-11.30am. There will be a variety of seasonal stalls including bran tub, stocking fillers, cake stall, pre-loved toys and Santa. Hot and cold drinks, toasties and light refreshments will be available.

Saint George’s Church in East Boldon will hold a Christmas coffee morning on Tuesday, December 7. A broth and stottie supper evening will be held at St Nicholas Church in Hedworth, Boldon Colliery, on Monday, December 14.

Boogie Beat takes place in the United Reformed Church Hall on Front Street in East Boldon on Wednesdays from 1.45pm to 2.30pm.

There will not be a meeting of the Jarrow/Boldon CAF this month. The date of the next meeting is Thursday, January 21.

The Boldon Miners and Community Banner Group will meet tonight in The Robert’s Room of BCA, in New Road, Boldon Colliery. Members invite anyone interested in the work of the group to join them with a view to becoming members.

Make a note in your diary to meet up around the Christmas Tree at 6.30pm on Wednesday, December 16, next to the village sign on Addison Road in West Boldon for community carol singing with the People’s Mission Silver Band and the choir of West Boldon Primary School. A warm welcome is extended to all by the West Boldon Residents’ Association to its Carols Around the Tree event, which is supported by South Tyneside Council. Hot soup will be served, kindly supplied by The Red Lion, and Santa will be making a visit too.