Hi everyone I am proud to have taken over as co-ordinator of the Washington section of Down Your Way. I was educated at Washington Grammar School in the early 1960s and moved to Washington in 1973. I have seen the new town grow and develop and know there is an incredible mix of events, clubs, societies which would all benefit from exposure in the press. I would like this column to reflect the true picture of activities in the area. I can only do this with you, the readers, help. Send me details of your events, charity activities and I will share them with the public.
Holy Trinity Church in Washington Village, known locally as he church on the hill, will be holding a summer fair on Saturday from 11am to 3pm. Proceeds from the event will go to its heart project, which involves a total replacement of the heating system and refurbishment of the church.
Washington Arts Centre has a range of activities taking place. On Thursday there will be a new comedy by local award-winning playwright Neil Armstrong. It will start at 7.30pm. If singing and songwriting is more your thing then why not go along to the buskers night every Monday at 8pm onwards in the Courtyard bar.
North Biddick Bowls club would love to welcome potential new players including beginners. Visit the green at Penshaw Park any lunchtime from noon to 2pm, except Sundays. There is spare equipment for people to try the sport before spending money on equipment.
A carpet bowls session takes place in Donwell Community Centre every Friday from 7.30pm to 10pm. New members would be welcome. For further information, ring 01091 4167306.
Donwell Community Centre committee member Margaret Moore has retired. She is a long-standing member of the centre and everyone would like to thank her for all her hard work.
Speaker at the Rotary club of Washington was Wearside Rotarian and Assistant Governor Fiona Swan.Fiona has a pharmaceutical background and an in depth knowledge of Inflammatory Bowel disease, otherwise known as Chrohns Disease. She gave an insight into the effects that this has on your system. There is no cure.Club President Mick Drake thanked Fiona for her talk and said that the club would be discussing what it could do to help CIKRA (Crohns in Children Research Association) at the next business meeting.