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Backhouse Park was the scene for the last of the Dog Days summer events this year on September 27. As well as their ever popular Pooch Picnic and Have-a go-Fun Agility Course they held their first Fun Dog Show. Over 50 people and their pooches came out to enjoy the wonderful autumn weather and enter the show. Best in Show was judged by Cllr Michael Dixon and the winner was Dexter, the Patterdale Terrier, with the delightful Dougie, the Pug, coming in as runner-up.

Anyone interested in Badminton for 16-25 year olds, with beginners welcome, should come along on Thursdays between 6pm-7.30pm to St Aidan’s Catholic Academy Sports Hall, Willow Bank Road, off Queen Alexandra Road. Attend 10 sessions and receive a free racquet. Cost is only £2 per session. For any information please contact: 0787 904 3733.

The Sunderland branch of Parkinsons UK will be meeting at Bede Tower on Monday 12th October at 2pm. There will be a crafts and card afternoon, with a chance to buy items at the end of the session. All are welcome. Contact the Secretary, Margaret, for more details on 0191 3859234.

Members of the Rotary Club of Sunderland recently enjoyed a lunchtime liaison at the Customs House Cinema in South Shields. Following a pleasant lunch they saw the film A Little Chaos starring Kate Winslet and Alan Rickman. Besides meeting for lunch every Thursday at the Rosedene Hotel, members have a varied programme of social activities. Next up is a visit to the Theatre Royal in Newcastle for a Fawlty Towers experience. Rotary welcomes new members and invites anyone interested to come and meet them any Thursday lunchtime at 12.30pm in the Rosedene Hotel, Queen Alexandra Road.

Northumbria Police recently held its latest PACT meeting at Auckland Homes, Hill View Road. Joining local residents were Sue Abrahams and Amber Cliff, (both Gentoo), Councillor Michael Dixon, (St. Michael’s Ward), Simon Clarke, (Sunderland Council|) and local Police Officers. The next meeting is on Tuesday 27th October, same venue, starting 6pm.

Thornholme Residents’ Association, chaired by Paul Baker, held its latest meeting recently at Ashbrooke Sports Club. A very well-attended meeting, saw residents joined by Simon Clarke, (Sunderland Council), Councillors Iain Kay, (Millfield), Michael Dixon and Peter Wood, (both St Michael’s), plus local Police Officers, who presented the updated crime figures and details. Various issues were discussed including planning and parking, with an update given by Councillors on the Community Parking Management Scheme. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday 26th October, same venue, 6pm.

The re-dedication service some weeks ago at St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church in Queen Alexandra Road was a distinctly ecumenical event.  The Rev Jon Ehlers, chairman of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of England, and regular members of the St Timothy’s congregation were joined by local members and priests of the Anglican, Roman Catholic and Methodist Churches for the service which was conducted by the church Pastor, Rev Steve Edge. Apart from one additional hymn the service was identical to the original dedication service when the church first opened in 1966. The Dedication Sermon and Act of dedication were given/performed by the Rev. Elders. Pastor Edge paid tribute to all those who had helped the church since last year’s fire and, in particular, the minister and congregation of St John’s Church in Ashbrooke, who had very generously allowed the St.Timothy’s congregation the use of their facilities. After the service refreshments were provided in the hall beneath the church which, it is hoped, will shortly re-open as a cafe/restaurant.