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Friends of Backhouse Park played host to another great Halloween event. Some fine weather allowed children, (pictured) and adults alike to walk around the park and be entertained by actors from Theatre Space North East. Everyone played their part; the volunteers, the ward Councillors, Michael Dixon and Peter Wood, who judged the best costume and lantern respectively, the council’s community chest, which help fund the event, and most of all those many people who went along to make it all such good fun.

There will be an autumn fair at St John’s Church, Ashbrooke, on Saturday from 11am to 2 pm. Attractions will include a variety of stalls, including home-baking, Santa’s Grotto, Christmas items, raffles and light refreshments.  Admission is 50p for adults, with children free.

At the October business meeting of The Rotary Club of Sunderland it was decided to assist a group of local charities with financial donations and gifts. Among those to benefit were Sunderland and North Durham Society for the Blind, Barnes Infant Academy, The Sunderland Royal British Legion, Burn Park Church Drop-in Centre for the Homeless, Parkinson’s UK Sunderland Branch. The Rotary Club of Sunderland meets every Thursday at the Rosedene, Queen Alexandra Road, at 12.30pm for lunch. New members are welcome.

Everyone is welcome to a Christmas market this Saturday from 6pm to 9pm at St Aidan’s Church hall, Ryhope Road, Grangetown. Attractions will include cake and bottle stalls, it’s a cracker, grand draw, refreshments and much more. First prize in the draw is a laptop. Admission is 20p.

Sunderland Conservative Women’s Organisation meets tomorrow in the community centre, Stannington Grove, at 2pm.  Dr Stephanie Hill will give a presentation on the role of women in Ancient Egypt. Men are very welcome to attend

Yoga for beginners is held on Thursdays in St Nicolas Church hall, Queen Alexandra Road, from 10am to 11.30am, with a British Wheel of Yoga Teacher. Contact Christine Reed on 07999524707 for details.

Ashmore Residents’ Association, chaired by Liz Griffiths, met last week in the British Legion Club, Grange Crescent. Various issues were discussed including the latest police figures, parking and planning issues. Joining residents were St Michael’s Ward councillors, Michael Dixon, Margaret Forbes and Peter Wood in addition to Helen Stephenson (Stockton Road United Reformed Church). The next meeting, which will be the AGM, is to be held on January 13, same venue, at 7.30pm.

Stockton Road United Reformed Church, junction of Belvedere Road and Stockton Road, has been holding several sessions this month where people can call-in and Paint a Poppy. The times and dates remaining are: November 19, 10am to 4pm; November 20, 11am to 2pm; November 21, 1pm to4pm and November 22, from 1pm to 4pm

Thornholme Residents’ Association will meet on Monday, November 30, at Ashbrooke Sports Club, at 6pm

Friends of Backhouse Park and Barley Mow Park, chaired by Clare Wayman, met at the Back on the Map building, Hendon. Joining residents and officers were Daniel Krzyszczak, (ICOS) and St Michael’s ward Councillors, Michael Dixon and Peter Wood. Various issues were discussed including clean-ups of the stream and Himalayan Balsam, the Sensory Garden in Barley Mow Park and future funding. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, December 8.

Saint Michael’s Ward Residents’ Association will meets on Wednesday, November 25, at 6.30pm, Auckland Homes, Hill View Road.