Houghton - Down Your Way

Songs of Praise tea held in Whitburn Methodist Church.
Songs of Praise tea held in Whitburn Methodist Church.
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President Bernard Blacklock welcomed members, Rotarians from neighbouring clubs including Assistant District Governor Fiona Swan, from Wearside Club, and guests to the Rotary Club annual dinner in the Chilton Country Hotel. The speaker was Roger Barrell, a Metropolitan Police Officer for over 30 years, including 17 years as a personal protection officer for the Royal family, with an illustrated talk, Bullet Catchers, about this work at home and abroad. The raffle raised £442 and an auction of a rare vintage bottle of whisky raised £55, with the proceeds to be divided between the Rotary Polio Plus campaign and the Freeman Hospital Liver Transplant Unit.

Bernard Hope will give an illustrated talk about Eddie Chapman – North East Double Agent, at Houghton Older People’s Enterprise in the Methodist Church hall at 1pm on Thursday.

The next Ecumenical Prayer Breakfast by Churches Together in Houghton is in the Methodist Church from 8am to 9.30am on Saturday.

The next monthly craft fair in the Welfare hall of the Sports Complex is from 10am to 2pm on Saturday. Admission is free.

Shiney Row St Oswald’s winter fair is on from 11am on Saturday with the usual wide variety of stalls, attractions, refreshments and a visit from Santa Claus. Admission is 20p.

The season of tribute acts at Zazz Theatre in Newbottle Street continues on Saturday with Lauren Porter as Taylor Swift. Tickets are £8.50 from the Box Office, phone 5840764. There is a licensed bar and plenty of parking.

The next walks by the Sunderland Group of the Ramblers’ Association are: Sunday, Watergate Park, near Lobley Hill and Whickham, meeting at the playing fields near the park at 10.30am with leader John Roughtledge, phone 5286966 for details. Wednesday, November 25, Ryhope, meeting in the village car park at 10.30am with leader Jim Birkett, phone 07474 666119.

Speaker at Shiney Row St Oswald’s Ladies’ Club at 7.30pm on Wednesday, November 25, will be Bill Baynders with The Bessie Surtees Story.

At the next meeting of the Houghton and District Social History Group in St Michael’s Kepier hall at 6.30pm on Thursday, November 26, Bernard Hope will say It Really Is A Wonderful Life. Admission is £2 including refreshments.

There will be an Advent coffee morning at St Andrew’s, Chilton Moor, with the usual stalls and attractions from 10am to 11.30am on Saturday, November 28.

Speaker at Houghton Methodist Tuesday Fellowship was the Rev David Richardson, from Ewesley Road Methodist Church, in Sunderland who is a motorcycle enthusiast, about his adventures on his machine during a sabbatical break from his ministry.

St Mary’s Church at West Rainton is holding its Christmas fair in Jubilee Hall (opposite Italian Farmhouse Restaurant) from 2pm on Saturday, with the usual wide variety of stalls and attractions. Santa Clause will be there too.

Due to the absence at short notice of the expected speaker at East Rainton Friendship Club, treasurer Mrs Scott gave an interesting talk on The Dogs Trust to her colleagues. Club members will be having a coach outing to Ripon and Leeds, including time for Christmas shopping on Thursday.

District Chairman of Inner Wheel Clubs Margaret Compton spoke to the Houghton Club meeting in the Rainton Meadows Information Centre about her involvement in the movement and her duties as chairman.

Member Michael Gough organised at the Rotary Club, a quiz night similar to the format of the District Competition in which the club has two teams entered where the ‘B’ team has got a first round bye and the ‘A’ team are drawn away to Consett Rotary Club.