Boldon - Down Your Way

Young volunteers receiving their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award from the Mayor at the Customs House in March.
Young volunteers receiving their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award from the Mayor at the Customs House in March.
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Boldon Youth and Community Project (South Tyneside Positive Active Youth Support Group), based in the Village Hall on North Road, Boldon Colliery, has been granted funding from the Reaching Communities Fund to extend its valued service into the future. The scheme runs five nights per week with good numbers attending.

The focus is to offer general youth club activities, which allows young people to be involved in giving something back to their local community earning them qualifications along the way. The project co-ordinator is happy to discuss activities should anyone be interested and can be contacted at Boldon Village Hall or on 0191 519 3631/07810 013300. There are a number of schemes running including a young people’s volunteering project, funded by Comic Relief, which develops their skills. A team of young volunteers offering a garden tidy up service to residents in the local area during the summer. The young volunteers also plant and grow their own fresh vegetables on their community allotment and make up boxes to be delivered to residents in the local community. Social events are held: Local elderly residents are invited to a social evening which includes a three-course meal prepared, cooked and serviced by the young volunteers and a game of bingo.

Local folk Club Seganainm will host the Folk Club at The Grey Horse in East Boldon this Thursday from 7.30pm. On April 14, they will perform at Boldon Cricket Club on Sunderland Road in East Boldon, from 8pm. Both events are admission free.

Cleadon Floral Arrangement Society will welcome Pam Greenhill to demonstrate on Tuesday, April 19, at 7.30pm in All Saint’s Church Hall in Cleadon.

Major Anthony Tate gave a fascinating talk and presentation to Boldons History Society in The Grey Horse last Tuesday evening. Major Tate, retired, who was born and educated in Boldon, served his military career with the Household Cavalry in Iraq and various postings around the world. His talk covered the re-enactment of the First World War Warhorse ride through France in 2014, in which he took part as part of the centenary celebrations to commemorate the end of the war. Members were enthralled hearing about his amazing experience and his perception and understanding of WW1 battles and the manoeuvres, movements and tactics involving soldiers and horses during the Great War. The society’s April meeting will take place on April 26 at 7.pm in the Grey Horse, when Sue Balmer will give a talk on How well Do You know Your Boldons.

West Boldon Residents’ Association will meet in The Wheatsheaf on Wednesday, April 13,at 10am. Anyone living in or interested in the area will be made welcome at any of the monthly meetings. Light refreshment are served.

The Shack in Boldon Colliery holds a monthly 50/50 dance of ballroom and sequence. Admission is £2. The next dance will be held on Friday, April 29.

The twice-monthly Wednesday coffee mornings continue at East Boldon Methodist Church, on the corner of Bridle Path, tomorrow from 10am. There will be home-baking, cake stall, bring-and-buy and raffle.

St George’s Church Spring Coach trip takes place this Friday and leaves from outside the church, on Front Street in East Boldon, at 9.30am for Hesleyside House and Gardens and Hexham. The cost of the trip, including entrance to the house and gardens, is £22. Anyone interested in joining them, contact Joyce Longstaff on 536 4464.