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The funeral of John (Jack) Armes, Wings to many Cubs and Scouts in Dawdon and Seaham, took place at Christ Church on Friday, November 13. Jack worked in the Lamp Room at Dawdon Colliery for close on 50 years. He loved his motorbikes and travelled far and wide in the British Isles. He was champion archer for Rock House Community Centre, a member of the Civil Defence Ambulance Section, the Royal British Legion, church choir, Durham Constabulary Male Voice Choir and a former member of Hetton Lyons Male Voice Choir. Jack’s knowledge of aircraft, especially the Spitfire, often far excelled even the ‘top brass’ at air shows. He will be sadly missed by family and friends.

Christ Church, New Seaham, will host its Christmas fair in the church hall on Saturday from 1.30pm. Santa Claus will be in attendance and there will be a variety of stalls including homemade cakes, Matt’s ginger wine, Margaret’s marmalade, sweet raffle, knitted goods, bag a bargain and tombola. Refreshments will be served in the church.

Seaham Harbour Methodist Church, Tempest Road, will hold a Messy Church on Sunday, November 29, at 3pm for all children 10 years and under, accompanied by an adult. Join in the building fun, play-doh and games. Admission is free and all are welcome.

After the success of British-themed show Rule Britannia, Phoenix Productions is excited to bring you its own unique telling of A Christmas Carol. The group, based in Seaham, has been working hard to make sure it puts on the best show for the area, and wants to make sure that it spreads festive goodwill and cheer. As well as rehearsing hard for the show, the group was also honoured to be part of the Mayor of Seaham’s Remembrance celebrations at Seaham Town Hall, where members entertained residents and dignitaries. Tickets are £5 for adults and £3 for children aged 12 and under. The performances take place at Dawdon Miners’ Welfare Hall at 2pm and 7pm on Saturday and 2pm on Sunday. To book, call 0191 5817231.

Cedar Court Care Home will hold a Christmas fair on Saturday, November 28, from 1.30pm with various stalls, including tombola, crafts and sweets. You will also be able to visit Santa in his grotto. Interested in having your own stall, phone Caroline on 5818080.

Due to the very inclement weather, the Service of Remembrance usually held at the cenotaph on the Terrace Green was rescheduled at short notice to St John’s Church. The wreaths laid in church were later taken to the cenotaph and placed with all due care and respect by Royal British Legion members. The Royal British Legion in Seaham, especially with the support of the people and organisations of our town, works tirelessly for our Armed Forces and their families, past, present and future. New members are welcome to join the branch and positively assist in its work.

As, for many years, when November 11 has fallen through the week, the Royal British Legion Standard was paraded outside St John’s Church with veterans and school children present. The Last Post and Reveille were sounded and a two-minute silence kept as people stood and traffic stopped in Church Street and Blandford Place as a sign of respect. The short ceremony was followed by a service, conducted by Father Peter Twistleton, in church.

New metafit class, (body weight training) is to take place on Wednesdays from 10am to 11am at Dawdon Community Centre. Sessions cost £2. To find out more or book, call 0191 5131777.

Dawdon Community Centre Community Job Club is held on Tuesdays from 10am to noon and Fridays from noon to 2pm. Help is given with CV writing, job searches, job applications and debt support.

Tickets are on sale now for a three-course Christmas lunch, entertainment, bingo and raffle, with a complimentary glass of wine at Dawdon Community Centre, Queen Alexandra Road, on Thursday, November 26. Lunch served at noon. Cost is £7.50. Tickets are available at reception. Places are limited.

At the meeting of Seaham Central Townswomen’s Guild on November 10, Mrs B Parkinson presided and Mrs M Eilbeck read the minutes of the last meeting, Mrs L Burns gave the financial report. Members enjoyed the entertainment given by Sandra Atherton. The competition for a Guild photograph was won by J Hall and second was E Bell. Members are to support the Federation afternoon on November 26 at Ewesley Road and the Federation Carol Service on December 5 in St Hilda’s Church, Southwick. Mrs B V Huntrod was presented with a card and flowers for her 90th birthday.

On Friday, November 27, between 4pm and 7pm and again on Saturday, November 28 between 1pm and 4pm, Eastlea Community Centre is having a Themed Grotto, The Chronicles of Narnia – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Entrance is 30p. Entrance to the grotto where Santa can be found is £2, which includes a present.