Easington - Down Your Way

The Dennis Donnini mural.
The Dennis Donnini mural.
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As part of Easington Colliery Heritage Group Heritage Week Programme an official unveiling of the mural in memory of Dennis Donnini VC took place 11th September at the memorial garden on Crawlaw Rd. The event was attended by Dennis’s family, The Royal Highland Fusiliers, the local artist who was commissioned to create the piece and members of the GMB union. The Easington Community garden planted over 100 Rememberance Day poppies under the mural dedicated to him. A field of poppies was continued down the wall and along and around the Easington Action Group plaque.

Easington Community Garden has carried out a great feat by building over 270 feet of benches this year for its flowers. The Polyanthus are beginning to flower now and will be used in the Easington planters shortly. Michael Welsh and the volunteer group have kept planters in Easington Colliery flowering through the Summer all done by using gifts of cuttings and buying bulbs at the end of season.

Volunteers carried the Easington Lodge banner during the parade on Heritage Day. Due to bad weather conditions the parade started at the welfare park gates moving up to the field rather that from Ascot Street. The committee would like to extend our thanks to everyone who supported and contributed to our first Heritage Open Day, sponsors, Grahame Morris MP, County Councillor’s D. Boyes and A. Surtees and all local businesses and people who kindly donated prizes. We would especially like to thank the Parish Council and Regeneration Group for all the support over the last few weeks. We apologise for things advertised that were not available on the day, cancelled due to the weather conditions and health and safety issues.

Easington Healthy Living Centre has closed permanently as work has started on upgrading Dr Gupta’s surgery where the gym was located. They ran for more than ten years but alternate premises were going to cost too much to run, the equipment was dated and funding was no longer available for replacement. Members expressed their gratitude-both to the body of staff volunteers and to Dr Gupta that we were able to function as we did for so long. They sent a cheque for £1, 763 to the Great North Air Ambulance Service, one of the charities they regularly raised money for.

Easington Community Garden donated some of its potatoes to the Cafe Together which provides a starter and a meal for £1 at the Methodist Church every Thursday. The potatoes were grown as part of We will Dig-in So others can Tuck-in initiative. If you have a garden or allotment with surplus fruit and vegetables why don’t you donate some to the Cafe Together group? I am sure that they will welcome it.

Every Wednesday at Healthworks from 10am-noon Stonham Home Group Easington Homestay Drop in centre provides free housing support and advice; including applying for housing, setting up and maintaining tenancies, dealing with arrears, claiming benefits, budgeting, filling in forms, finding education and training courses and signposting to other services. For more information on this service please contact Stonham office on 0191 5182401.