Houghton - Down Your Way

President Bernard Blacklock, of the Rotary Club of Houghton le Spring with President Fred Dove of Hetton Rotary and Jack Straughan receiving the cheques on behalf of the band.
President Bernard Blacklock, of the Rotary Club of Houghton le Spring with President Fred Dove of Hetton Rotary and Jack Straughan receiving the cheques on behalf of the band.
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Rotary continues to support local bands and after a recent presentation by the Houghton Club to Houghton Brass Band the club combined with Hetton Rotary Club to make a presentation to Houghton Youth Band. Houghton president Bernard Blacklock and Hetton president Fred Dove attended a Saturday morning practice in Hetton Lyons Primary School where drummer Jack Straughan received the cheque on behalf of the band. The money will be used to buy two new brass instruments.

In our previous weeks report dates of two events were omitted. These are: Gilpin Singers Christmas Concert in St Michael and All Angels Parish Church tomorrow and the Sunderland Group of the Ramblers’ Association Christmas walk from Biddick Club, Fatfield also tomorrow.

The next monthly craft fair in the Welfare Hall of the Sports Complex will be on Saturday, from 10am to 2pm. Admission is free and refreshments will be available.

The Mayor of Hetton Town, Council Juliana Heron, with Consort Councillor Bob Heron will host the annual Civic Carol Service in Union Street Methodist Church at 10am on Sunday, with guests invited to attend at 9.30am for a procession into the church. Festive refreshments will be served after the service in the church tearoom.

There will be Christmas carol services at Shiney Row St Oswalds and All Saints’, Penshaw Village, at 6pm on Sunday, and St Aidan’s Worship Centre, New Herrington, will be holding its Tree of Lights Service with hundreds of lights representing the lives of those no longer with us at 7pm on Monday, December 21.

At Houghton Methodist Women’s Fellowship member Judy Tasker spoke to her colleagues about things that were Reminders of previous Christmases.

The Inner Wheel Club rounded off its year with a Christmas lunch at the Hallgarth Major Hotel, Pittington.

Former Circuit Superintendent Methodist Minister the Reverend John McAdam, now retired, on North Tyneside, paid a welcome return visit to Houghton Methodist Tuesday Fellowship where he spoke about the significance of The second coming of Jesus.

At the Rotary Club, member Cliff Gaines entertained his colleagues with a music quiz of Christmas favourites where they had to identify the singers of the tunes. It was won by Michael Gough with an overwhelming majority. The club will holds its carol service in conjunction with the parishioners of St Barnabas, Burnmoor at 6pm on Sunday, followed by mulled wine and mince pies in the church hall.