Easington - Down Your Way

Youngsters enjoying the bouncy castle at the Community Fun Day held at Easington Colliery Social Welfare Centre, organised by Co-op community fundraiser Gemma Robinson.
Youngsters enjoying the bouncy castle at the Community Fun Day held at Easington Colliery Social Welfare Centre, organised by Co-op community fundraiser Gemma Robinson.
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A Community Fun Day held at Easington Colliery Social Welfare Centre, organised by Co-op community fundraiser Gemma Robinson with staff from Seaside Lane Co-op store, raised £800. It was in aid of the British Red Cross as part of the retailer’s national charity partnership, which aims to tackle loneliness across the UK. Local schools and residents enjoyed activities for all the family with a mini fairground, soft play, bouncy castle, Spider-Man, music by local community groups and Easington Colliery Band. There was home baking, hot food, refreshments, raffle and tombola. Thanks went to Tiny Treasures Children Services and Blizzard Slides and Rides, who generously provided free rides.

Ann Ridley is trying to locate any memorabilia or anecdotes to do with Gilbert Ridley, his dance band or his regular piano playing at the local clubs. Anything would be great, even memories of past band members. She is married to his son, Gilbert Ridley Jnr. She is trying to track down some news, photos or any record of the popular band leader and the band. Her husband often recalls those dance hall days and the role his Dad had in the heyday of live music. He takes great pride in coming from Easington and she wants to pass that on to their son and grandchildren. As his parents died when he was young, he has lost any family memorabilia. Any help would be great, contact me, and Ann has a Facebook page.

The scene at the Community Fun Day held at Easington Colliery Social Welfare Centre, organised by Co-op community fundraiser Gemma Robinson.

The scene at the Community Fun Day held at Easington Colliery Social Welfare Centre, organised by Co-op community fundraiser Gemma Robinson.

Easington Community Fun Day will be held on Friday from 11am to 3pm at Easington Colliery Welfare Park. Entry is £1, which includes the fun fair, Marky Mark (wow entertainment) shows, groundworks, green beans, police, toxic meltdown, space hoppers, assault course, tug of war and many more ... additional charges may apply to refreshments and certain stalls.

Easington Village Woman’s Institute is organising a day trip to Scarborough for Monday, August 15. The trip is open to friends and there are still a few places. If you are interested, contact secretary Janet Ferguson on 0191 527 0450.

A great night was had at The Church of Ascension social evening in July with entertainment by the Seatones, four girls in Harmony. They raised a huge £311! Thank you to everyone who organised it, helped out and came along and had fun!

The Furnished at Haswell Mencap in the Lisa Dixon Centre, Burt Close, was officially opened on July 30. They get lots of new stock in everyday as they collect donations daily from our brilliant supporters! The only problem is they are getting snapped up before we get a chance to post them! There is also a restaurant open each day for lunches and snacks. For more information on the facility, call 0191 526 0987.

A Rave for Bradley will be held in Easington Colliery Social Welfare Centre on Friday, August 26, with many groups and local MCs, tickets are £12.50. Organisers wish to thank all the artists who have agreed to help as without them this would not be happening. This is all for a good cause so let’s try to raise as much money as possible for young Bradley. He was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma in January 2013. He went into remission but has relapsed and they are raising funds for treatment. Before he went into hospital for chemo he spent time at Haggerston Castle caravan site thanks to Kian’s Gift, which gives children fighting cancer or life changing illness or bereavement a free stay.

Judging of the annual Sunflower Competition in Hawthorn will take place on Sunday, August 7, from the Community Centre.

Primary children from local schools came to The Academy at Shotton Hall to watch performances from talented students before getting involved and performing themselves. As always, the event was a huge success with the choir, dance group, brass band, concert band, theatre school students and more putting on spectacular performances enjoyed by all. Well done to all students who performed - you certainly know how to put on a good show.