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After the success of their European Day of Languages event, the Modern Foreign Languages department (MFL) at St Anthony’s Academy is hosting another exciting event to celebrate language learning. The MFL department has invited Year 6 girls and their parents from local feeder primary schools to take part in an evening of languages called ‘Café Kulture’. Visitors will be able to take part in a fun French and Spanish lesson, order refreshments in the languages, enjoy some tapas tasting, take part in various activities including ‘Find the Treasure’ and watch performances from the St Anthony’s Academy dance group and MFL Choir. There will also be a raffle with lots of prizes to be won, including a signed SAFC strip. The event takes place tomorrow from 6pm to 8pm. The event is free but places must be reserved either through the primary schools or directly with St Anthony’s.

Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Sunderland gathered with other clubs in the North East at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate for their annual conference last weekend.  Hundreds of Rotarians were provided with visiting speakers including Michael Angelo Caruso, a District Governor from Michigan USA. Entertainment was provided by Julie Pendleton and John Rowland, from English National Opera and the Northern Opera, giving the audience songs from the Old Time Music Hall and Last Night at the Proms, accompanied enthusiastically by much waving of flags

The regular Northumbria Police “PACT” meeting for St Michael’s ward took place last week at Auckland Hones, Hill View. In addition to a member of the neighbourhood police team, St Michael’s ward councillor Peter Wood and ward residents attended. Crime statistics for the ward were discussed along with speeding traffic on Leechmere Road; abandoned cars in different locations; pavement parking; parking problems in the vicinity of St Mary’s RC School in Meadowside; “scam”/hoax telephone calls received by members of the public; antisocial behaviour; “killer” clowns and an unruly dog in Backhouse Park. The next meeting, to which all ward residents are invited, will be held on Tuesday, November 15 , at 6pm in Auckland Homes. The meetings usually last about an hour.

The Friends of Backhouse (and Barley Mow) parks met last week, with Claire Wayman in the chair, at the former Hendon library building with St Michael’s ward councillors Robert Oliver and Peter Wood also in attendance. The meeting discussed the recent highly successful dog show and bat walk in Backhouse Park and the planned craft day on Tuesday, October 25, Zombie run on Friday, October 28 and Halloween lantern parade on Saturday, October 29. Other issues debated included cycling (which is allowed in Backhouse Park); memorial benches; the seeking of charitable status; the management plan for the park; planting of wild flowers; a litter pick; the condition of the fountain area and dog waste and litter collections in the parks. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 8, at the ex-Hendon library at 6.30pm, and a Christmas meal for members and friends will take place on Tuesday, December 6.

St Michael’s Residents’ Association will meet on Wednesday, November 9, at Auckland Homes, Hill View Road, at 6.30pm.