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Barn at Easington is planning a May Mayhem event

Barn at Easington is planning a May Mayhem event

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The Barn at Easington has received funding from East Durham Creates and will be running a kids arts and craft workshop on the Saturday from 10.30am-12.30pm to make props and costumes for Mad Mayhem Spring Parade.

The May-hem in the Garden main event will be held on Saturday, May 14, from 5pm to midnight at the Barn with a children’s musical parade starting at 5.30pm followed by a great evening of fun and entertainment with live music and spoken word performances, poetry, food, assisted by Easington Heritage Group. Fresh local food will be available and, of course, the bar will be open. A free shuttle bus will be operating (specific times to follow) from the top of Dene Avenue to The Barn and vice versa, as parking is restricted on site. Tickets are valid for both days and will be on sale at Apple Estates, Seaside Lane SR8 3PG, priced at £6 per adult (18 years and over) £3 per child (under two years are free). Please be aware that child ticket numbers are limited. They look forward to seeing you around the campfire.

Some of the people who attended the social event held at the Church of Ascension.

Some of the people who attended the social event held at the Church of Ascension.

The Vee 8s will be appearing at Easington Colliery Social Welfare Centre on Saturday, May 12. Entry is £3.

Have you got some spare time to help on the Easington Local Nature Reserve site? Go along to take part in reserve activities and clean-ups. On May 10 at 10am there will be a litter pick and Amphibian Survey.

Mamma Belles is running a new Mammas to Be, Antenatal Gentle Gym class. It started on Tuesday, April 19, at Healthworks from 10am-11am and will run for 10 weeks. Sessions cost £2.50.

Easington Academy and The Academy at Shotton Hall are looking to come together to form an exciting new multi academy trust – The North East Learning Trust. Multi-academy trusts exist across the country where schools have joined forces, working together to develop the educational opportunities they offer their children. The formation of the North East Learning Trust would see the existing close bonds formalised and further expanded to include a range of schools, all working together with a shared vision and shared values for children. Both schools already work closely together through the local teaching school alliance and are also national support schools, accustomed to working across the region and sharing expertise with other schools. North East Learning Trust schools will retain their own identity, securing their established place within their communities whilst contributing to the success of all schools in the trust. Governors, trustees and staff are enthusiastic at the prospect of working in closer collaboration with like minded schools. In coming together they are seeking to improve the range of opportunities available to young people as well as supporting other schools on their own journeys to success.

Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to put on the event at the Church of Ascension, which raised over £400 for church funds. A big thank you to the guest star singer, Shirley Ann Turnbull, for a wonderful performance.

The United Benefice Gospel Choir is giving its first full concert on Friday at 7pm in the Church of the Ascension, in aid of the Durham Lesotho LINK. All are welcome and a donation is requested on the door.

Hawthorn Community Association Centre has been closed for refurbishment since February 16 and was delayed in the re-opening as there was extra work to do. It will now re-open with an event on Saturday from 11am-2pm. There will be refreshments, a raffle and displays from the five groups. If you have any ideas for classes or centre use, contact Diane Hughes. The association would like to thank local Durham County councillors for their generous donation to help with the work.