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South Bents Townswomen’s Guild will meet tomorrow for craft class at 7pm in Whitburn Methodist Church hall.

They will be finally preparing their entries for Seaburn Show, which is open to the public on Saturday and Saturday at the Seaburn Centre. Entries must be submitted by noon on Friday. Ladies will be exhibiting their skills in the craft, home-craft and floral arrangement sections. Next Wednesday’s meeting, September 23, will be a social evening with faith supper.

Whitburn Local History Group will meet on Friday at 2pm in the Barnes Institute. Bernard Hope will talk about Titanic, the Truths and Myths. Admission is £2 and all are welcome to attend.

Souter Lighthouse including the tearoom and gift shop is open daily except Fridays from 11am to 5pm this month. The final car boot sale of the season takes place on Sunday from 10am to 2pm. Sellers will be charged £10 per car and can set up from 9am on the north side of the lighthouse, the site of old Marsden Village. Entry for buyers is by donation.

At the Barnes Institute AGM, the existing trustees were re-elected en bloc. The Rev Ian Davies, the interim rector of Whitburn Parish Church, was welcomed to his traditional position as first trustee and two new trustees were elected to the management committee. The annual report and financial report for 2014/15 were presented. The Barnes has been a registered unincorporated charity since 1973 but became a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) on 1 May 2015. The main change is that the trustees who are all volunteers, are no longer financially responsible for any debts or liabilities which may occur during the existence or winding up of the charity.

The new programme of Cultural Spring workshops for the autumn is available now in the Barnes Institute, the library and the parish church hall. Starting next Tuesday, September 22, from 7pm to 8.30m, the fun and friendly singing group, Singing with Music in the Minster, will meet for 10 weeks in the Barnes Institute and work towards an informal presentation in December. All ages and abilities are welcome to join any session during the time and there is no need to be able to read music. A voluntary contribution of £2 per session will be welcomed.

The annual Whitburn Proms, featuring the Bede Wind Philharmonic Orchestra and Bede Chorus, conducted by Ernest Young, takes place on Friday, October 2, at 7.30pm in Whitburn Parish Church. Tickets for this popular event, costing £8, are available now from Jean Atkinson on 529 3574 and Ernie Tweddell on 529 2576. Patriotic flags to wave are provided and a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink will be served during the interval.

A craft fair will be held in Whitburn Methodist Church hall, North Guards, on Saturday, October 3, from 1pm to 4pm. Tables, at £5, are limited and all proceeds will be donated to the church. Crafters, who specialise in sewing, knitting, jewellery, art, soap and candle-making will be welcome. Contact Wendy Foreman if you are interested, on 529 5627 or email wendyntrevor@gmail.com .