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It was the 25th anniversary of the park’s official opening on September 28.

To celebrate this event the Friends of Hetton Lyons Country Park decided to plant an English Bluebell woodland and wildflower walks as a lasting legacy. The group had been awarded a £1,000 grant from North of England Horticultural Society (organisers of the Harrogate Flower Show), which enabled us to buy a large quantity of bulbs and plug plants. The Friends Group held a very successful bulb planting day on October 9. The friends would like to thank the children from the three Hetton primary schools for the fantastic job they did in planting the bulbs also Springboard Trainees for clearing the ground prior to planting. Nick Smith, Director of Harrogate Flower Show, went along to view their efforts and presented key rings to the school children and members of the public who also went along to help with the planting. It is hoped to create a great wildflower display in the spring. The friends are currently awaiting approval from the City of Sunderland for the group to purchase and install a recycled plastic pond dipping platform on Blossom Pond. This will allow children better and safer facilities for studying aquatic life together with nearby wetland planting. This improvement to the park is being funded by the grant we received from the North of England Horticultural Society. There are plug plants that need planting in the spring and volunteers would be most welcome to help out. There are other improvements to the park planned for the future. Volunteers would be welcome. It is not necessary to make a great commitment but extra hands help to make the jobs easier. The AGM will be held on Thursday at the Hetton Centre at 6pm. All are welcome. Check the website for an application form and a copy of the constitution at www.hettoncountrypark.wordpress.com

Award-winning author Alan Gibbons visited Hetton School last week as part of the Sunderland Literature Festival. He conducted workshops with Year 10 students on Gothic Horror in which he discussed how he had developed as a writer and his inspirations – mainly from his childhood dog, Wendy Pupils were treated to some tuition in 21st century gothic writing, where they rewrote and modernised the opening scene to Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Alan’s workshop was fun and engaging and produced some excellent writing from the students.

Children can go along to Low Moorsley Hut on Friday from 2pm to 8pm to enjoy Halloween themed games, crafts and delicious, yet scary, sweet making. Adults will be catered for too with refreshments, raffles and the Body Shop At Home products to sample and buy. The event, which is a drop-in, is being held in aid of Children On The Edge, which heldps vulnerable children. There will be a prize awarded for the scariest Halloween costume. All children must be accompanied by an adult.