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Denise Barna and Lisa Wilson Riddell, from The Box Youth Programme, with Alagi Bojang, from Gambia, and Rotorian Terry Long at the Rotary Club of Washington meeting.
Denise Barna and Lisa Wilson Riddell, from The Box Youth Programme, with Alagi Bojang, from Gambia, and Rotorian Terry Long at the Rotary Club of Washington meeting.
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A Christmas family fun day will be held in Washington Town Centre Library on Saturday between 11am and 3pm. There will be a variety of activities including Christmas wreath making, plate decorating, festive storytelling, as well as a selection of crafts, all of which are free.

A Reading Hack Group for young people aged 13-plus is planned at Washington Town Centre Library to support and promote reading and digital activities to children and young people in Sunderland Libraries. Decisions on how often meetings are held and what kind of activities will be held will be decided by members of the group. The first meeting will take place tomorrow from 4pm to 5pm.

Santa will be popping into The Galleries, Washington, from Friday.  He is pictured here meeting children last year.

Santa will be popping into The Galleries, Washington, from Friday. He is pictured here meeting children last year.

Saint Robert of Newminster School will be holding a Christmas fair on Monday, December 7, from 4pm to 6pm in the main school enterence. Visitors will have the opportunity to buy personalised Christmas Decorations, jewellery , arts & crafts and Christmas gifts. Snacks and drinks will be available and there will be anopportunity to win glittering festive prizes. There will be live music entertainment and Santa will be dropping by. Any parents wishing to run a stall of their own (£10) will be very welcome. Funds raised will be shared among different causese. For more detailsContact the school reception on 0191 5613810.

Project Gambia was on the menu at The Rotary club of Washington’s meeting in The Black Bush. Denise Barna and Lisa Wilson Riddell, from The Box Youth Programme and manage Project Gambia, were invited to speak and they took along a special guest, Alagi Bojang, from Gambia. Alagi provides liason between Project Gambia and the local community in Gambia. Rotarian Terry Long, this year’s newly elected District Governor, also attended the meeting. The reason for Alagi’s visit was to show his and his villages’ appreciation for what The Rotary club of Washington had achieved for his village. The Rotary Club of Washington members have been and still are working alongside Project Gambia’s volunteers to improve lives in the village of Kajabang. Volunteers fund themselves to be part of the Project Gambia team to Gambia, filling 40ft containers of donated goods, which are then shipped to Gambia. Volunteers then help to distribute the items, work alongside the villagers and go into schools to help. Alagi said that the club’s help in providing water filters and a well had helped save lives.

Santa and his little helpers, will be at The Galleries on Friday from 10am to 4.30pm.He will also be there on Saturday from 10am to 4.30pm and every Saturday until Decmeber 19. The Rotary Club of Washington will also be on hand, helping everything to run smoothly. There will be no charge to sit and chat with Santa, But donations would be appreciated. The proceeds will go to local good causes.