Ken Jolly is enjoying a double achievement this summer, celebrating his 90th birthday and his 50th year as organist at St Gabriel’s Church.
It’s remarkable to note that St Gabriel’s Church has only had two organists over the past 90 years. Frank Fleuret played for 41 years before Ken took over. Born in 1925 and learning to play the organ at the age of eight, Ken first played a church organ in 1939 at St Mary’s Church. During the war he was attached to ENSA. Over the years he has played most of the organs in churches and cinemas in the North East. He has played at 13 annual concerts in Newcastle Cathedral, the City Hall and concerts at St George’s, Gateshead. In 1946 he was entered for the North East Musical Tournament with 17 other organists, and gained second prize. The family business the Jolly Buses ran a 15-minute service from South Hylton to Sunderland City Centre from 1922 to 1995. On the death of his father, William Henry Jolly, Ken ran the company from 1952-1995 when the business was sold to Stagecoach. In 1977, Ken was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for services to transport. He was presented with the award by the Queen at Buckingham Palace. Ken says he has played at 15,000 services, including 3,000 weddings, 5,000 baptisms and 3,000 funerals. Ken is the longest serving organist in the history of St Gabriel’s. Fifty years is a remarkable achievement and his service to the church sets a wonderful example.They are very grateful at St Gabriel’s for Ken’s talented dedication to the church.
Sunderland Floral Art Club will meet on Tuesday, September 15, at 2.15pm in The Studio, The Royalty Theatre. Demonstrator will be Rebecca Hough and the title of her demonstration It’s A Vibrant Life. Visitors, pay £4.
A new project at St Luke’s Neighbourhood Trust is SLNT Community Advice Centre. It is open to help every Monday from 10am to 1pm. The service can offer advice on housing, benefits, utilities, debt and careers advice. Call into this friendly community hall for a free cuppa and a snack every Monday for help. For more information, ring 07584026782.
A charity jumble sale will be held in the grounds of The Chesters Pub, Chester Road, on Saturday, September 19, at 9am. If you have any items such as bric-a-brac, books, toys you could donate take them along to The Chesters Pub, or if you would like them collected, contact Ian on 07929010291.
As part of The Heritage Open Days, St Mark’s Church, Millfield, will be open on Friday from 10am to noon and 2pm to 4pm. Visitors will be most welcome and refreshments will be provided.
Burn Park Church Toddlers Group restarts after the holidays. It is held every Friday from 9.30am to 11am. A warm welcome is given to anyone who would like to join them. For more information, ring Elma on 0191 5251930.
There will be no table-top sale at St Mary Magdalene’s Parish Centre, Wilson Street this month. The next one will take place on Saturday, October 10, at 10am.
Sunderland South Bible Society will hold a coffee morning with many interesting stalls at St George’s Centre, Stockton Road, on Wednesday, September 30, from 10.30am to noon. Entry is £1.50 to include coffee and biscuit.
Outlook, a relaxed midweek service for all, will be held at St Gabriel’s Church on Monday, September 14, from 2pm to 3pm. A short, informal service is followed by refreshments and a chat.
Ewesley Road Ladies’ Fellowship will meet tomorrow at 7.30pm. On this occasion members will hold their AGM.
There will be no tea and bingo at The Church of The Good Shepherd, Forest Road on Saturday, September 19.
Saint Gabriel’s Church is the venue for a coffee morning on Saturday from 10.30am to noon and is in aid of Shepherd’s Dene Retreat House. Coffee and scone will be £1. There will also be a cake stall and raffle. Go along and enjoy the fellowship. All are welcome.
A meeting of Eden Vale Residents’ Association will be held on Tuesday, September 15, from 6.30pm to 8pm in Richard Avenue Primary School. Under discussion will be local area concerns. This is a change of date for this meeting.
Sunderland Cardiac Support Group monthly meeting will be held in The Education Centre, Sunderland Royal Hospital on Thursday at 6.45pm. Guest speaker will be Phil Curtis with an illustrated talk on All Things Sunderland.
Sunderland Aglow will meet on Wednesday, September16, at 7pm in The Rosedene. The speaker will be Marion Frary. Cost is £9. Bookings to Ardyn on 07716956729.
Once again, St Nicholas Church is participating in The Heritage Open days weekend when it is hoped that people will visit the church. Go along to admire the magnificent stained glass windows. The church will be open on Friday from 2pm to 4pm and Saturday from 10am to 3pm.