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The rotary club held its annual President’s Night Dinner Dance in the Ramside Hall Hotel.

President Bernard Blacklock welcomed members and guests, which included Sunderland Mayor Barry Curran and Mayoress Carol, North East 1030 Rotary District Governor Terry Long from Alnwick, and visiting presidents from several other neighbouring rotary clubs.

In his reply, the District Governor congratulated the Houghton Club on its service to the local community, particularly the Houghton Feast traditional ox-roasting and the information to the general public on its outstanding website, and The Down Your Way supplement in the Echo.

The large raffle of prizes, donated by members, raised £500 which will be shared by the 1st St Michael’s Scouts and the Salvation Army.

Entertainment and music for dancing was provided by the excellent Little Big Band.

Ron Spence will make a welcome return with his guitar and his great voice to provide the entertainment at Houghton Older Peoples’ Enterprise in the Methodists’ Church Hall at 1pm on Thursday.

The next surgery by Shiney Row councillors Anne Lawson, Mel Speding and Geoff Walker will be in Trinity Methodists’ Church Hall from 10-11am on Saturday.

Residents are welcome to raise and discuss relevant topics.

The next scheduled walks by the Sunderland Group of the Ramblers’ Association take place over the next week.

On Sunday, meet for the “Nanny Mayor’s Incline” walk at Waskerley Station at 10.30am, with leader David Hann, Tel. 512 0567 for details.

On next Wednesday, “Old Wingate to Hurworth Reservoir” will meet in Wingate Quarry Nature Reserve car park at 10.30am, with leader Brian Myers. Tel. 01642 313446.

St Andrew’s Church, Chilton Moor, will be holding an afternoon tea celebration of the Queen’s birthday.

It takes place at 2pm on Wednesday, June 8, with guests invited representing local businesses and organisations.

There will also be an exhibition of historic photographs, open to the general public in the morning before the event.

Students from the Hylton Campus of Sunderland College have been thanked for laying paving stones in the church yard of St Matthew’s, Newbottle.

Now, people wishing to visit the graves of loved ones in the garden of remembrance no longer have to stand in muddy conditions during poor weather.

Zumba fitness classes are held in Newbottle Workingmen’s Club every Wednesday evening from 7pm-8pm, with instructor Marie-Louise Roberts.

Cost is £3.50 per person.

The regular coffee morning and book sale continues in St Matthew’s Church Hall, Newbottle every Thursday from 9.30-11.30am.

Why not come along for a friendly chat and find yourself a good book at bargain prices.

Speakers at Houghton Methodists Women’s Fellowship were sisters Edith and Gwen from Bankhead Methodists.

They each told a true story about significant events which contributed to their Christian faith and understanding.

Former Circuit Superintendent Minister Reverend John McAdam paid a welcome return visit to Houghton Methodists Tuesday Fellowship.

He spoke about making decisions and how important they were to make the right ones in their faith in the Christian religion.

Former school teacher Dorothy Stewart was the speaker at the rotary club meeting about “St Peter’s sculpture trail – revisited”.

So spoke about the apparent lack of knowledge of this trail on the north side of the river, opened in 1995, containing interesting sculptures and art work depicting significant parts of the history of Sunderland.

She decided to voluntarily take on the task of producing a new booklet, for general distribution, about the trail.

This excellent brochure is now published and available free of charge at information centres and other outlets around the city.