Boldon - Down Your Way

Graham and Virginia Ramsay, from New Zealand, who have  been helping with planting and tidying West Boldon Village.
Graham and Virginia Ramsay, from New Zealand, who have been helping with planting and tidying West Boldon Village.
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Virginia and Graham Ramsay flew in from New Zealand on a family holiday at the end of May and got stuck in to some community gardening in West Boldon Village. Various members of the community continue to try to regularly maintain beds and borders in and around the village, clear litter and sweep pavements even though the village is no longer entered into the Northumbria in Bloom competition. The village won a silver and two golds in 2010, 2011, 2012 but were not able to continue participating due to health and age problems and lack of further support. Thanks to this enthusiastic environmentally friendly Kiwi couple the bed on the corner of Hylton Lane in the middle of West Boldon is absolutely blooming.

Boldon Golf Club is holding a Comedy Night on Friday, July 22. The evening will showcase Bill Woolland, Bobby Murdoch and Steffen Peddle, two comedians and a compere plus table snacks. Tickets are £10, available from the bar in the club.

The Boldon Benefice Worship Music Group will be performing the Music of Taize at St Nicholas in Hedworth, Boldon Colliery, on Sunday at 6pm. All are welcome to attend this service of worship. Also a talk, presentation and slide show will be given at the church by Fr Stuart on Friday at 7pm. Simple refreshments will be available. The St Nicholas Boldon Ladies’ Group have arranged a visit to Harewood House, near Leeds, on Saturday, July 9. The trip, which costs £25, includes entrance into the house and gardens and is open to all church members and friends.

Boldon History Society will meet tonight in the function room of The Grey Horse in East Boldon at 7pm. All are welcome to hear Ray Headley give a talk and presentation entitled Destiny. This is a change from previously advertised speaker who cannot attend due to unforeseen circumstances.

The Boldon Miners and Community Banner Group will meet in The Robert’s Room of Boldon Community Centre at 7.30pm on Tuesday, July 5. The group would like to thank the Jarrow and Boldon Community Area Forum for its support in supplying the coach for the band, which will head the parade of the Boldon Banner at the Durham Gala on Saturday, July 9, and another to take members and supporters from Boldon to Durham Gala on the day. The coach will leave Boldon CA at 8am on theSaturday and return at about 4.30pm. If you wish to join them, turn up on the day.

Local Folk band Seganainm will be playing in the bandstand at Leazes Park in Newcastle on Friday from noon to 2pm. The band will host the folk club in The Grey Horse in East Boldon on Thursday, July 7, at 7.30pm and at the Cricket Club in East Boldon on Thursday, July 14, at 8pm. These events are admission free.

Boldon School will hold its Year 11 Prom at Beamish Hall on Thursday, July 14. Year 11 Leavers’ Assembly will take place on Friday from 8.45am to 10.30am. All students are welcome to come back into school for the assembly, reception and final farewells.

West Boldon Lodge environmental centre is holding its annual summer quiz night on Friday, July 15. Doors will open at 6.30pm and the quiz will start at 7pm. Teams of up to eight people can enter at a cost of £2 per person. There will be a limited range of hot and cold drinks available but you are encouraged to take your own snacks and drinks, including alcohol if you wish. The main aim of this year’s fundraising is to improve the woodland, planting new trees, buying new equipment to better maintain the woodland, paying for much needed tree surgery on the maturing woodland and to give support so that more children and adults can better understand the importance of trees and the environment. Teams are asked to register beforehand by emailing westboldonlodge@groundwork.org.uk or call Nicola on 0191 428 1144.