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The eagerly awaited annual great Summer Funday in Grange Park, East Boldon, will take place this Saturday from noon-4p.

The Friends of East Boldon Parks will once again stage a great day of activities, music, local food and ale with a variety of local stalls, including a second- hand book stall and competitions you can enter on the day. First competition is the annual cake competition for adults and children, entries in by 1.30pmin the tea tent. The pet show categories include ‘I love my Pet because ...’ and ‘Best In Show’ judging at 2.30pm – all well-controlled friendly pets welcome. New this year is the vegetable competition which includes ‘character veg’ and ‘best in show’ (home-grown, of course), which will be located next to the vegetable stall. Raffle prizes have been generously donated by local businesses and this year a children’s wrist band will be on sale for £4, which allows unlimited use of the giant inflatable castle & slide, Sumo bungee, face painting and games. There will be food by the local No. 4 Bistro and real ale by WiffWaff in the bar. Organisers will gratefully receive donations of cakes for the afternoon tea stall on the day. Over the past five years the Summer Fundays have raised much-needed funds to improve both Grange Park and Mundles Park and the success of the day depends greatly on volunteers to help set up, run stalls and clear up. Extra hands are always needed during the event. If you think you can help, email:

Saint George’s Church on Front Street in East Boldon will hold a coffee morning on Saturday, September 12, from 10am-noon. All are welcome. Join church members for homemade cakes and fresh coffee and have some fun on the tombola and you can try you luck on the raffle. Also this autumn if you are interested in a trip to Ripon and Newby Hall and Gardens, leaving St George’s on Friday, September 18, contact Joyce Longstaff on 536 4464.

Boldon Miners and Community Banner Group will hold its monthly meeting in the Robert’s Room of the Boldon Community Association in New Road, Boldon Colliery, tonight at 7.30pm.

The Boldons History Society will meet on September 29 at 7pm in The Grey Horse function room. The theme will be an open forum discussing and reminiscing Boldon characters, places and activities. All welcome to go along and share great memories. Group members will meet at the Grey Horse in East Boldon at 9.30am on Tuesday, September 8, to leave by coach to visit the historic Saxon Church in Seaham and the George Elmy Lighthouse for their summer outing.

Tomorrow is the first and third Wednesday coffee morning at East Boldon Methodist Church in Bridle Path at 10am. All welcome to homemade refreshments, coffee, bric-a-brac, raffle and cake stall.

Saint Nicholas Church in West Boldon held a Sunday afternoon tea recently in the parish hall and garden in aid of the hall’s refurbishment fund. The afternoon, which was a great success, raised £540 towards the fund and church members would like to thank all who supported. An evening of bingo and Play Your Cards Right is being arranged for this month and on November 2 Bernard Hope will return with an illustrated talk on War Graves and Memorials. Further details to follow.

Local Folk Group Seganainm will host the Folk Club in The Grey Horse in East Boldon this Thursday at 7.30pm. The following Thursday, September 10, the Folk Club will be at the cricket club on Sunderland Road in East Boldon again hosted by Seganainm. Admission is free at both of these events. The band will also play at The Travelling Man in West Boldon on Saturday, September 18, at 8pm. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.