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Memories of Boldon during the Second World War and in particular about the Home Guard are being sought for a new website page for Boldon during the war. If you have any memories you would like to share or add about the Boldon Home Guard or about living, going to school or working in Boldon during the last war, contact boldonwm@yahoo.com.

Boldon’s History Society will meet tonight in The Grey Horse at 7pm. The talk and presentation will be given by Margaret Davison on Two Great Uncles of Irish Decent in WW1.

Local Folk Group Seganainm will be playing this Thursday at the Alberta Social Club, beside Jarrow Metro station, for the Friends of the Irish Night. On Thursday, November 3, the band will host the Folk Club at The Grey Horse on Front Street in East Boldon starting at 7.30pm and the following week, Thursday, November 10, the band will host the Folk Club at East Boldon Cricket Club on Sunderland Road in East Boldon from 8pm. All events are free and everyone is welcome.

St Nicholas Church members will hold an autumn tea on Saturday, November 19, from 3pm to 5.30pm in the parish hall on Rectory Bank in West Boldon. Admission by ticket only, £7.50, from church members.

A new Memories Group has been set up in West Boldon, kindly supported and funded by Greggs the Bakers, which will meet on the last Monday of each month for coffee and lunch. If you would like to join the group, contact Mrs C Baker on 0191 536 3502. The first meeting will take place on Monday, October 31, in the parish hall in West Boldon.

Mrs Chindley’s 15 Cake Decorators and staff have had another successful year at Boldon School. Some experienced hands returned to do an advanced course but many more tried it for the first time. Sugar craft continues to appeal to both boys and girls. Learning the skill of making flowers, people and animals out of sugar paste is not easy and students take great care making their models both delicate and creative. A Revive and Restore course was also successful this year and just some of the items pupils restored were anything from jam jars to an old chair and many items were donated by staff members keeping the cost low as well as recycling other people’s ‘junk’. Next year it is planned to have a ‘Refunk your Junk’ course with Mrs Hanson.

A new karate class opened early in October at the Boldon Community Centre in New Road, Boldon Colliery, on Wednesdays from 7 .30pm to 8 .30pm. The club welcomes all ages and abilities. For more information, contact Rebecca on 07979538992.

On Saturday, January 21, from 7pm to midnight, the Quality Hotel in Boldon will present the Ultimate Ed Sheeran Tribute, featuring Jack Bowater playing his trademark acoustic guitar. Cost is £15 per person, which includes a two-course dinner and disco. Details on 0191 519 1999.

West Boldon Karate Club is held in the parish hall on Rectory Bank in West Boldon every Tuesday from 5.30pm to 6.30pm and Thursdays from 5.30pm to 6.30pm. The club welcomes all ages and abilities. Pop along or call 07751465386.

The first and third Wednesday coffee morning of the month will take place next Wednesday, November 2, from 10am in East Boldon Methodist Church hall, corner of Bridle Path in East Boldon. All are welcome to a morning of bring-and-buy, raffle, cake stall and homemade refreshments.