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Slimming World meets tonight and each Tuesday at 7.30pm in the Barnes Institute, East Street. The consultant is Joanne and she can be contacted on 07540 626 237. Please note that the starting time was wrongly stated as 7pm last week.

South Bents Townswomen’s Guild meets tomorrow in Whitburn Methodist Church hall at 7pm. Speakers Janet and Lorraine will talk about Dorothy’s Well.

Whitburn Parish Church 100 Club winners for April are: M Osborne, L Lumsdon Taylor and P Bell.

Souter Lighthouse, the gift shop and tea room are open daily from 11am to 5pm. Today from 11am to 4pm join ORCA Shore Watch and learn about dolphins and porpoises. Everyone is welcome, no experience is needed and this is a great opportunity to learn more about these fascinating sea mammals and how to spot them. Admission charges to the lighthouse apply and booking is essential on rachael.forster@orcaweb.org.uk , or call 293 6202. Everyone is welcome, children muts be accompanied by an adult but no dogs. After an identification workshop there will be a chance to observe from the shore and help gather invaluable data to aid conservation. There will be further opportunities to take part in ORCA activity in June, July, August and September.

On Sunday, the first of Souter’s summer car boot sales takes place from 10am to 4pm. Sellers can set up from 9am on the north side of Souter, the old site of Marsden Village. The cost is £10 per vehicle and buyers entry is by donation. For details of this and future special activities, go online at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/souter-lighthouse-and-the-leas, email anne.cauwood@nationaltrust.org.uk or ring 529 0909.

May is Local History month in South Tyneside. There will be special events and exhibitions taking place in libraries throughout the borough. For more details, go online at www.southtyneside.gov.uk/article/25731/Local-History-Month-events .

Churches Together in South Tyneside Foodbank is requesting donations of UHT milk, tinned potatoes, fruit and tomatoes, instant mash, curry and pasta sauces, small cereal packs, tea bags, shower gel and other non-perishable commodities. These can be left at the parish church or the Barnes Institute. All donations will be gratefully received, much appreciated and passed on.