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The annual Queen of Eventide Age UK organised tea, with entertainment was introduced in the Welfare Hall by the UK Director for the region Alan Patchett in the presence of the Mayor, Councillor Barry Curran and the Mayoress and a capacity audience of senior citizens. Miriam Breckon, from Edwin Street, Houghton, was crowned Queen by the Mayor and will lead the carnival parade in a limousine sponsored for the event.

The 40th anniversary of Houghton and District Ramblers Club will be celebrated with the AGM in the Dubmire Royal British Legion Club at 7pm on Friday, October 30 and all past and present members are invited to renew acquaintances. Further details from secretary John Conder phone 3856551.

At the AGM of the Members of the Friends of the Historic Hillside Cemetery in St Michaels and All Angels Parish Church, thanks were expressed for the excellent work and fundraising in continuing the renovation and upgrading of the site, and all officers were unanimously re-elected for the ensuing year. Principles are: Chairman – Alistair Bradley, Secretary – Janice Short, Treasurer – Brenda Harrison. Further information on membership of how you can help by phoning Janice on 07940 588119.

Houghton Brass Band will be performing their annual concert in St Michael and All Angels Parish Church at 7pm on Wednesday, October 7, with admission £5 for adults and £3 concessions.

Music and laughter by One Accord is the entertainment at Houghton Older People Enterprise in the Methodist Church Hall at 1pm on Thursday, October 8.

William Bracken, described as “Young lion of the keyboard” will provide a master musicians piano concert in St Michael and All Angels Church at 7.30pm on Thursday, October 8. Admission £7 on the door.

Space 4 Blokes offers a welcoming and friendly environment for men to meet, chat and share lunch on the ground floor of the Newbottle Street Library on Thursday from 11am-2pm and all are welcome.

The next scheduled walks by the Sunderland Group of the Ramblers Association are on: Sunday, October 11 – Newburn, meeting at the Tyne Riverside car park at 10.30am, followed by lunch in The Big Lamp pub and micro-brewery. Leader is Gordon Lindsley ,phone 5202152 for details.

Wednesday, October 14 – Escomb walkabout, meeting in the village near the church at 10.30am with leader John Todd, phone 5171935 and Celia Donaldson 5205294 for details.

The next meeting of the Members of the Friends of Rectory Park, which reached a Silver Guilt standard in the 2015 Northumbrian Bloom Competition is in St Michael’s Kepier Hall Community Room at 7pm on Thursday, October 13.

There is a regular Zumba fitness course in Newbottle Working Mens Club each Wednesday from 7-8pm with class instructor Marie-Louise Roberts which costs £3.50 per session and all are welcome.

The Macmillan fund coffee morning in Penshaw Village Hall raised £397.05 for the fund, and thanks were expressed to organisers Dorothy and Janice for their efforts and the support of the local community who attended.