Easington - Down Your Way

One of the last scarecrow workshops held in advance of competion judging.

One of the last scarecrow workshops held in advance of competion judging.

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Go along to this year’s awards fair on Sunday at 2pm in St Mary’s Church hall and find out who’s won a trophy and pick up your certificate for taking part in Easington Village Scarecrow Competition. Entry forms are available from Village News and online. Don’t forget to take a photo of your scarecrow in situ in case the weather is bad so your hard work can be judged. People are also asked to respect all entries as this is for the whole community’s benefit, please inform the competition of any theft or damages (including weather) so they can be dealt with and can be considered when judging. Scarecrow workshops were held and proved very popular.

Easington Colliery Band members gave themselves a much-needed sight and sound spruce up, thanks to the generosity of the local community and charities. They have received a number of generous financial grant donations towards their aim of purchasing new instruments to replace their current ageing stock. Assistance from the North East Area Miners’ Social Welfare Trust Fund, Sir James Knott Trust, County Durham Community Foundation and the Hedley Foundation have enabled the band to recently purchase a set of four tubas, three tenor horns and two cornets. The band has also took delivery of new jackets and ties with help from Persimmon Homes and the Easington Colliery Parish Council, with a sizeable chunk of money raised by the local community at a recent fundraiser held at the Easington Colliery Social Welfare Centre, the former Miners’ Welfare.

The So Percision event in St John's Church, Seaham, proved a huge success.  The music was commissioned by East Durham Create.

The So Percision event in St John's Church, Seaham, proved a huge success. The music was commissioned by East Durham Create.

Every Wednesday from 10am to noon, the Stonham Home Group runs a drop-in centre at Healthworks. It can offer free housing-related support and advice such as: Any aspect of your current tenancy, claiming benefits, budgeting your finances and much more. To get in touch, call 0191 332 4935.

St John’s Church, in Seaham, played host to So Percussion, which performed From Out A Darker Sea. A packed church saw the New York-based band members perform music inspired by their community. The piece of music was created for and inspired by the people of east Durham, and was commissioned by East Durham Creates and produced by Forma Arts. Nikki Locke, head of East Durham Creates, said: “I don’t think there was a single person here tonight who wasn’t moved by what they saw and heard. Tonight really showed the power of what the arts can do.”

Two seats have been replaced at the corner of Lee Terrace and Seaside Lane, thanks to the family of the late James Hudson. His brother Eric, from Hove, East Sussex, knew how his brother enjoyed sitting there to meet up with friends. Easington Village Parish Council was delighted with the full cost of the benches which match their seating policy.

Hawthorn Parish Council is holding a defibrillator training event on Monday, September 12, from 6pm to 8pm at the community centre. The defibrillator is now in the cabinet on the outside wall of the community centre, instructions on how to use it are included. Training is from the North East Ambulance Service. Everyone is welcome to go along, this is important – it can save lives.

Cakey Sisters, Cakes and supplies at East Durham Garden Centre, has changed its hours. It is now open Monday from noon to 5pm, Tuesday to Thursday from 10am to 5pm, Friday 10am to 3pm and Saturday 10am to 3pm.