Houghton - Down Your Way

Pat Dale and Dorothy Myers at a recent Houghton technology group meeting.

Pat Dale and Dorothy Myers at a recent Houghton technology group meeting.

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After a winter break the Friends of the Historic Hillside Cemetery are resuming their conservation work clearing the problems of Japanese knot weed, brambles and thistles and repairing the recent vandalism of the Imperial War graves reported in the main Echo. Additional voluntary help would be welcome. Further details are available from secretary Janice Short on 07940 588119.

The Reverend Alf Waite will give a talk on one of his numerous subjects at Houghton Older People’s Enterprise in the Methodist Church hall at 1pm on Thursday.

The next walks by The Sunderland Ramblers’ Association are on: Sunday – Beamish, meeting in the Eden Place car park at 10.30am with leader Viv Maris. Phone 5228136 or 07714 765010 for more details. Wednesday, March 16 – Fatfield Circular, meeting opposite the Biddick Workingmen’s Club at 10.30am with leader John Roughtledge, phone 5286966.

The next meeting of Houghton U3A (University of the 3rd Age) will be in the Welfare Hall of the sports complex from 2pm-4pm on Tuesday, March 15, when the speaker will be Peter Barrow with his talk entitled Cloudy, Rain Later. New members for the club and various interest groups within the club would be most welcome. Further details from Lilian or Bill Milburn on 5844677.

The regular coffee mornings with book sales continue in Newbottle St Matthew’s Church hall each Thursday from 9.30am-11.30am, when many excellent books are available at modest cost.

Speaker at Houghton Methodists Fellowship was Ann Riding, from Hetton, who spoke about Showing Signs Of Faith so that people can recognise our role in church.

At the Rotary Club monthly business meeting in the Chilton Country Hotel, the accounts for the eight months of the financial year to date showed £3,276 used to support various worthy local, national and international projects. The club quiz team has been drawn away to Sedgefield Rotary Club in the third round of the District 1030 competition on a date yet to be confirmed.

Former Circuit Superintendent Minister the Reverend John McAdam, now in retirement in North Tyneside, made a welcome return to Houghton Methodist Tuesday Fellowship, where he talked about Discipleship.

At Sunniside Methodist Men’s Fellowship, Malcolm Farrow, from East Herrington, a lecturer at Newcastle University, gave an illustrated talk about the historical figures in the early development of electricity and its subsequent importance to the world.