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Popular rock bands including Russ Tippins, Captain Rock, Old Codger, Skinflint and the Flying Vs, will be playing live music by AC/DC, Thin Lizzy, Black Sabbath, Bon Jovi, Metallica and Led Zepplin in ‘Tower Fest’ from 2pm on Saturday, September 24, in St Michael’s Kepier Hall, and tickets are £10 in advance by phone on 0191 584 3061.

The AGM of the Friends of the Historical Hillside Cemetery is in the meeting room of St Michael’s Kepier Hall at 7pm for 7.15pm on Thursday, September 22, and light refreshments will be served and visitors will be most welcome. Guest speaker after the formal business is Alistair Fraser, project director of the Cocken Hall Project, who will talk about the excavations and research about troops of the DLI billeted at Cocken Hall during the First World War.

Houghton Older Peoples Enterprise is again ‘Going to the Pictures’ with a film yet to confirmed in the Methodists Church Hall at 1pm on Thursday, September 22. There is also a change in the programme published October 6 and the entertainment will be from Sandra Atherton.

The next scheduled walks by the Sunderland Group of The Ramblers Association are: Sunday, September 25 – Slaley Circular, meeting the village and street parking with care at 10.30am with leader Jim Birkett, phone 07474 666119 for further details; Wednesday, September 28 – Hamsterley Village Circular, again with careful parking in the streets of the village at 10.30am with leader Gordon Lindsley, phone 0191 520 2152.

The Patronal Festival at St Michael and All Angels Parish Church will start with a Eucharistic Service at 10am, followed by a celebration lunch at noon in the Chilton Country Pub and Hotel on Sunday, September 25.

Mr W Saunders will give an illustrated talk about The Co-operative Movement to Shiney Row St Oswalds Ladies’ Club at 7.30pm on Wednesday, September 28, and visitors are welcome.

All Saints Church, Penshaw Village, will be having its Harvest Supper with entertainment by the Manse Singers at 7pm on Monday, September 26.

St Michaels and All Angels Parish Mothers’ Union will be meeting in Kepier Hall for a Mothers Union Extravaganza at 2pm on Monday, September 26, and will be hosting the MU entertainment night with raffle, bring and buy sale and entertainment by Sandra Atherton at 7pm on Tuesday, September 27, with tickets costing £2.50, available from club members.

The speaker at Houghton Methodists Women’s Fellowship was Wynn Colman about her grandfather, the legendary Peter Lee and his historic reforms, and now eternally commemorated by the South Durham new town named after him.

At the Rotary Club business meeting in the Chilton Country Hotel, further arrangements were decided on. The programme for Houghton Feast, particularly the traditional ox-roasting and also taking on the sponsorship of the outdoor bowls tournament.

Circuit Superintendent Minister Reverend Alf Waite presented a video entitled The Indestructible God by Louis Giglio at Houghton Methodists Tuesday Fellowship.

Linda Gough spoke to the Inner Wheel Club in Rainton Meadows Information Centre about bringing up a deaf child, including the interesting schooling and education.

At Sunniside Methodists Men’s Fellowship, due to the unavoidable absence at short notice of the expected speakers, members held an impromptu discussion on current topics, particularly Sunderland Football Club and other local issues.