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South Bents Townswomen’s Guild Committee will meet tomorrow at 6.30pm in Whitburn Methodist Church hall prior to craft class at 7pm. Next Wednesday, October 28, members will celebrate the Guild’s 49th birthday with dinner in the Sea Hotel, South Shields, at 6.30pm for 7pm.

Souter Lighthouse, including the tearoom and gift shop, is open daily except Fridays from 11am to 5pm this month (open on Friday 30 October) and next. From Monday to Friday next week, half-term school holiday, you can Get Crafty and make a bird feeder from 11am to 4pm each day. Booking is not necessary and each feeder kit costs £3. For future special events, visitwww.nationaltrust.org.uk/souter-lighthouse-and-the-leas/things-to-see-and-do/events/

Many half-term activities for take place at various venues in South Tyneside during half-term school holiday week, commencing next Monday. Some activities including athletics and football attract a charge but Activity Express and Lego craft sessions are free. For more detailed information, visitwww.southtyneside.gov.uk/article/20818/October-half-term-holiday-activities

Singing with Music in the Minster, part of the Cultural Spring programme, continues in the Barnes Institute each Tuesday from 7pm to 8.30pm, working 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.

A Pilates class is held weekly in the Barnes Institute on Tuesdays at 11.15am. To book a place, ring Sharon on 581 6884 or 07801 031 142.

Baby Yoga is planned for Thursday early afternoons in the Barnes Institute, commencing soon. If you are interested, ring Vicky on 07903 931 250.

A new toddler activity group called The Story Den starts at the Barnes Institute, East Street, on Tuesday, November 3. These will be fun-filled sessions for mums and toddlers with books coming to life through songs, dance, games, art and much more. Little Page Turners, for two to four-year-olds , meets from 10am to 11am, with Baby Bookworms for 12 to 24 months from noon to 1pm. Contact Stephanie King on 07877 373 181. The website is www.thestoryden.co.uk or email Stephanie on: info@thestoryden.co.uk .

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