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Coun Michael Dixon with teacher Catherine Scott and assistant headteacher Lesley Heron reminding everyone of the Queen's offical birthday, which took place that week, at Hill View Infant School.
Coun Michael Dixon with teacher Catherine Scott and assistant headteacher Lesley Heron reminding everyone of the Queen's offical birthday, which took place that week, at Hill View Infant School.
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Hill View Infant School recently held the grand opening of its outdoor classroom. There was a great turn-out of family and friends to support the pupils, when for once the sun shone and everyone had a fantastic time. St Michael’s ward councillors had assisted part of the project through community chest funding for the fire pit area, with surrounding fencing, seating and paving.

Coun Michael Dixon and two council officer were in attendance to see the finished fire pit area. Michael Dixon said: “It was really nice of the school to send me a hand written invitation from one of the pupils to be part of the occasion. It was a very special visit as all my three children started off at Hill View Infant School and were very happy here. It was a trip down memory lane for me as well as a wonderful afternoon for all concerned.”

Members of the Rotary Club of Sunderland enjoy an interesting social event as well as raising funds for local and international charities. Next week Rotarians with family and friends are having a meal at San Marino restaurant in Chester Road followed by a visit to the Royalty Theatre to see the play The Pitman Painters. The following week will be another social occasion at the Fujiyama Teppen Yaki Restaurant in Newcastle. New members are welcome. Contact Brian on 0191 5671880 if you would like to join them.

Andrea Outram is holding a messy church at St John’s Church, Ashbrooke, tomorrow, after school from about 3.30pm to 3.45pm. There will be lots of crafts, mess and lots of fun. There is a tea provided for the kids with just a donation for food. Finishing time will be 5.30pm. For more information, contact Andrea on 01915226021.

This year’s parish barbecue at St Cecilia’s and St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Ryhope Road, will take place on Saturday, July 2, in the church hall, starting at 7 pm. Tickets, £6 adults and £3 children, are on sale after mass at the church.  Vince Harris will be providing the music. There will be dancing, food cooked by the “gentlemen chefs” of the parish, a bar, raffle and table quiz.

St Michael’s Residents’ Association will next meet on Wednesday, June 29, at Auckland Homes, Hill View Road, at 6.30pm.

St Michael’s Councillors, Michael Dixon, Robert Oliver and Peter Wood, will hold their next ward surgery tomorrow at Stockton Road United Reformed Church, junction with Belvedere Road, from 10am to 11am.

Friends of Backhouse Park and Barley Mow Park met last week at the Back-on-Map building. Members were joined by ward councillors, Michael Dixon (St Michael’s) and Barbara McClennan (Hendon). A variety of very important issues were discussed to take forward into the coming weeks, before the next meeting on Tuesday, July 12, at 6.15pm, same venue.

Northumbria Police will hold its latest PACT on Tuesday, June 28, at Auckland Homes, Hill View Road, at 6pm.

Thornholme Residents’ Association will hold its next meeting on Monday, June 27, at Ashbrooke Sports Club, at 6pm.

St John’s Scout Group Ashbrooke is looking for volunteers. If you are interested in working with children and young people between the ages of six and 18, contact volunteer@sunderlandscouts.org.uk for details of this and other Beavers, Cubs and Scouts groups in the Sunderland area.