Whitburn - Down Your Way

Ethel and Orman Elliott who have celebrated their platinum anniversary.
Ethel and Orman Elliott who have celebrated their platinum anniversary.
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Ethel and Orman Elliott, (pictured) celebrated their platinum anniversary with a family party and held open house on the day for their many friends.

The couple, who have lived in Whitburn for their entire married life, received a card of congratulations from Her Majesty the Queen. Ethel was an English teacher at the former Whitburn Comprehensive School and Orman was organist at Whitburn Methodist Church for more than 70 years!

The Barnes Institute is holding an AGM on Saturday, September 5, at 2pm and all are welcome to attend, especially if you are interested in taking an involved role in the future management of the Institute. The trustees will present the financial report for 2014/15 and the annual report of developments during the past year. The sustainable future of this historic community asset, belonging to and used by Whitburn residents since 1905, is dependent upon maximum support from local volunteers to ensure its viability. Currently the small but active committee is looking for dedicated help with finance, fund raising, administration, maintenance and attracting new users. Please contact Carol Shield on 529 3935, 07767 156 134, clshield@talktalk.net for more information, to enquire about booking the premises or to offer help.

Souter Lighthouse, including the gift shop and tearoom, is open every day this month. Summer-themed crafts for children are available at Souter tomorrow from 11am-4pm. Crafts are £1 each. On Sunday from 10am to noon, children can join a Seashore Safari for £1. Nets and buckets can be provided but feel free to take your own. Meet in the Foghorn Field shortly before 10am wearing sensible footwear as the rocks can be very slippery. For more information, contact Anne Cauwood on 529 0909 or email anne.cauwood@nationaltrust.org.uk .

On Sunday from midnight to 8pm, take part in Bioblitz! at Souter. This will involve a 20-hour seashore safari, storm petrel ringing, bat detection, moth trapping, wildflower, bee & butterfly, dragonfly and damselfly surveys, small mammal trapping and a bird count. Booking is not necessary but if you would like to take part, ring Dougie on 07920 722 618.

Regular free activities at Whitburn Library include Baby Bounce, gentle knee bouncing, finger and action rhymes for babies on Mondays from 10am-10.30am, Storytots, stories, crafts and songs for pre-school children on Tuesdays from 2.30pm-3.30pm and on Thursdays, Mat Making from 10.30am to noon and friendly Knit and Natter from 1.30pm-3.30pm. For more information, phone 529 3412.

Summer holiday sports activities throughout South Tyneside continue until this weekend at various venues. Activity Express Schemes and family fun days from 11am to 3pm are free and there is no need to book. Some sessions are suitable for ages five to 14, some for ages eight to 14 and some for families. Parents/carers will be required to stay with under eights. For details of times and venues, visit www.southtyneside.gov.uk/article/26758/Summer-holiday-sports-activities?size=60 or phone 427 7000 and ask for summer holiday sports activities.

Festival activities in South Shields this weekend include Little Big Band playing in the Victorian Bandstand, South Marine Park, on Saturday from 2pm-4pm and Riverside Concert Band playing in the Amphitheatre on Sunday from 2pm-4 pm. The final presentation in the Victorian Bandstand will be a week on Saturday, September 6, by Rivelino.