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Lynne Symmonds gave a talk about her work in Ghana to members of Seaburn Rotary Club.

Lynne Symmonds gave a talk about her work in Ghana to members of Seaburn Rotary Club.

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Wearside Field Club next meets on Tuesday, March 8, at 7.30pm in Fulwell Community Centre, Chapman Street. The AGM will be followed by speaker John Yearnshire about The Great Train Robbery. Next walk will be on Saturday, March 19, at Prudhoe led by Allan and Norma Major. Meet at Newcastle Central Station at 10am.

Roker United Reformed Church Fellowship will meet on Tuesday, March 8, at 2pm. Speaker will be Elaine Arnold on The Women’s World Days of Prayer.

Fulwell Neighbourhood Watch meeting will take place on Thursday, March 10, at 6pm in Fulwell Community Centre, Chapman Street.

A coffee afternoon will be held at Bede’s Bake house, St Peter’s Church, Monkwearmouth ,on Saturday from 2.30pm-4pm.

Women’s World Day of Prayer service will be held at The Salvation Army, Roker Avenue, Friday at 2pm. Speaker will be Kathryn Stephens .

Seaburn (Men’s) Probus Club meets in Roker Methodist Church, at the junction of Lonsdale Road and Roker Park Road, tomorrow at 10am. New members would be very welcome.

Monkwearmouth Local History Group meets on Monday. March 7, at 2pm in the Fellowship Room at Roker Methodist Church, Roker Park Road, Roker, for a talk by Sharon Vincent on Public Health Reform in Sunderland (The Rawlinson Report). Visitors are welcome.

First Roker District Brownies meet every Wednesday in term-time in Seaburn New Church between 5pm and 6pm. Rainbows are girls aged between five and seven. They play games and have various activities and crafts. Anyone interested, phone Christine on 5652547 or 07719181262 .

Fulwell ward surgery will be held in Fulwell Library, Dene Lane, on Saturday from 10.30am-11.30am when one of the ward councillors, Howe or Francis will be in attendance. Councillor Beck will be in attendance from 10am–11am.

Twenty-three years ago Lynne Symonds, then living in Norfolk but a Sunderland girl born and bred, was inspired to start a charity to help bring education to a remote area of northern Ghana. Recently on a visit to Seaburn Rotary Club, Lynne updated members on the achievements of what is now called the Wulugu Project. The project continues to build, repair and equip schools in a very deprived area of Ghana. Over the years the charity has helped more than 250,000 children receive an education. Much of the work is focused on vocational education for girls who do not normally have the same educational opportunities as boys. This vocational education enables the girls to earn a living, mainly manufacturing garments, and saves them from becoming domestic slaves or even prostitutes. Because of her work with the charity, Lynne has been made chief of three different tribes. She pointed out these are not just honorary titles as tribal chiefs have great influence in Ghana and she is often called upon to settle disputes. Last year Lynne received a Points of Light Award, awarded by the Prime Minister, David Cameron. This award recognises outstanding individual volunteers across the UK. In giving the vote of thanks Rotarian Pat Emmerson said: “Although Lynne you like to say you are just an ordinary Sunderland lass, this is far from the truth. You are, in fact, an inspiring person, whose achievements have been extraordinary.” For more information on theRotary, contact Tony Wortman on 0191 5484450.