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Alice Morton receiving her award.
Alice Morton receiving her award.
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Easington Village Parish Council submitted two nominations for the County Durham Volunteering Awards for 2015.

The first nomination was for the volunteers who have run the Easington Village Millennium Luncheon Club since 2000 and the second for Miss Alice Morton for the Under-21s Award for her work in the community over the years. Alice has organised a Scarecrow competition in the village and has been involved with the Guides and Brownies and also is on the PCC for St Mary’s Church. Each year, the County Durham Volunteering Awards recognise and celebrate the fantastic work done by volunteers across County Durham. Over 100 nominations were received across the categories of Children and Young People, Greener, Healthier, Safer, and Wealthier. In addition to the five categories, the awards also celebrated the County Durham Young Volunteer of the Year and the Group of the Year. An overall Volunteer of the Year was chosen by the judging panel from amongst all the shortlisted nominees. The awards were presented at a celebratory dinner held at Hardwick Hotel, Sedgefield. Alice was shortlisted in her category but did not win. She did extremely well to be shortlisted to the last three. Parish Council Chairman Len Morton presented certificates at the lunch club to the volunteers and Alice.

A Christmas Carvery will be held at Easington Colliery Methodist Church on Friday, December 4. The meal will be served at 6pm with entertainment by The Manse Singers. Tickets are £8 each from Sandra Atherton tel: 5866308.

As part of their Centenary celebrations Easington Colliery Band will be holding a concert on Saturday, December 5, at 7.30pm in St Mary’s Church. The event will also help raise funds towards the restoration of the Church pillars. Tickets are £5 each, available from band members or tel: 0191 4193519.

Easington Academy 11R1 Citizenship class has been raising money for Tabitha’s Toys, a charity that provides sensory toys for children born with Edward’s Syndrome, which means that they cannot walk, talk and eat. Students have been raising the awareness of the charity and as part of their classwork have been raising money to purchase sensory toys for the charity. The class was separated into groups and each group chose an activity which included a cake sale which raised £112, a penalty shoot-out competition raising £38 and a sponsored bike ride around the school site collecting £78.70, a total of £228.70.

Switch-on of the Christmas Tree Lights at Hawthorn with the Chief Constable of Durham at 5pm on Saturday, November 28. Santa is also visiting the Community Centre between 3.30pm and 4.30pm. Warm mince pies and mulled wine will be provided by the Parish Council The results of the snowman competition will also be announced.

To get us all in the Christmas spirit, Seaham Theatre Productions will be performing Cinderella at Easington Colliery Social Welfare Centre, from the December 9-12. Tickets are £8, however if bought via the Welfare Centre office, they are £5.