Houghton Brass Band held its annual Feast concert in St Michael and All Angels’ Parish Church with an excellent and varied programme, featuring cornet soloist Jim Hayes. Jim, who is originally from Newbottle, is nationally known for his performances with major British brass bands. The band, which won the national third section last year and was promoted, came second this year in its new section. This again means the band qualifies for the national finals in Cheltenham. Band members are wished every success.
There will be another film show at Houghton Older People’s Enterprise, which meets in the Methodist Church hall from 1pm on Thursday. The film has yet to be decided on.
Houghton and District Rambling Club will be walking around Wooler on Sunday. The coach will leave the Broadway in front of St Michael’s Parish Church at 8.30am. Further details are available from leader Gordon Lindsey on 5202182 or secretary John Conder on 3856551.
Speakers at St Michael and All Angels’ Parish Mothers’ Union in Kepier Hall at 2pm on Monday, October 31, will be members of the clergy with Grave Talk Part II.
Sunderland Group of the Ramblers’ Association will be taking a short walk on Wednesday, November 2, leaving the rugby club in Dairy Lane at 10.30am. Walkers will return to the club for the ramblers AGM, which all members are requested to attend. Further details from the secretary, John Roughtledge on 5286466.
Speaker at Houghton Methodist Women’s Fellowship was Ann Riding, from Hetton, on Caring friends and the important contribution they make to life.
At the Rotary Club monthly business meeting, held in Chilton Country Hotel, president Ashley Burland gave a report on the District 1030 Rotary Conference at Harrogate, which he attended on behalf of the club. He also thanked club members for another very successful traditional ox roasting at Houghton Feast.
Sunniside Methodist Women’s Fellowship held an open meeting with various members participating with favourite hymns, readings and poems for the entertainment of their colleagues.
Gilpin WI’s meeting took place on October 6 at Kepier Hall, when Marjorie Goodchild gave an informative and enjoyable cookery demonstration entitled Cold Desserts. One of the events of the month was a pleasant walk by the river Wear at Fatfield followed by a really good pub lunch. Next month’s meeting, incorporating the AGM, will take place at Kepier Hall on Thursday, November 3, at 1.30pm. County Chairwoman Kathleen Laybourne will address the meeting and will bring along items of Christmas crafts that she has made. Members will have the opportunity to view them and receive information on how to make them.