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Chairman Alan Dickinson and members of the past Round Table 41 Club, led by John Price, who organised this year’s excellent Houghton Feast Carnival Parade, with compere Eric Francis, from Sagittarius Road Show another past Tabler, thank all who participated in the parade. Thanks too to the pupils of Houghton, who contributed £660 to the collection alongside the parade, which will be used to support the other community service events by the 41 Club in the future.

Singer June Lavin will provide the entertainment at Houghton Older People’s Enterprise in the Methodists Church hall at 1pm on Thursday.

At 6.30pm on Monday, October 24, the Mothers’ Union at St Michael and All Angels Parish Church will hold the harvest home supper in Kepier Hall with pie and peas and entertainment by Misspent Ukes. Admission is £5.

Shiney Row St Oswald’s Ladies’ Club members will hold their next meeting at 7.30pm on Wednesday, October 26. The speaker will be Gillian Kenyon on The Lighter Side of Life.

The next walks by the Sunderland Group of the Ramblers’ Association are: Sunday, Tudhoe Village Circular, parking in the street near the Green Tree Pub, DL16 6LE. Meeting with leader John Todd at 10.30am. Phone John on 5171935 for details. Wednesday, October 26, Ingleton Durham Circular meeting in the village, DL2 3HE, at 10.30am with leader Dennis Borley, 4920029. Both walks are around eight miles.

Sunderland Historian Phillip Curtis will speak about Fashionable Sunderland at Houghton and District local history group in St Michael’s Kepier Hall at 6.45pm on Thursday, October 27. Admission is £2, including light refreshments.

Speaker at the Rotary Club was Jeanne Pratt on the Samaritans, volunteers who help people to make their own decisions to solve their problems, including potential suicide. They are non-judgemental, strictly confidential and only help others to help themselves to explore their problems.

Assistant Methodist Circuit Minister the Reverend Steven Hill spoke to Houghton Methodist Women’s Fellowship about God’s love for everyone – manifested in many ways.

Speaker at the Inner Wheel Club in Rainton Meadows Information Centre was Elaine Leake, Durham Area Secretary for Guide Dogs for the Blind, about the progress of training dogs from the puppy stage locally, by volunteers initially and then passing on to the national centre for final training.

Jean Shotton was the speaker at Sunniside Methodist Men’s Fellowship bringing a variety of books from children’s stories to adults and up to the Bible, and highlighting each one to show educational development and the Bible with some of our laws still being influenced by the 10 commandments.

The Reverend John McAdam, former Houghton Circuit Superintendent Minister, now in retirement on North Terrace, made a welcome return to Houghton Methodist Tuesday Fellowship, with one of his many interesting talks from a wide variety of subjects.