West Boldon Lodge Environmental Centre, situated on the A184 leaving West Boldon village at A19 roundabout, has a varied programme of events over the Easter holiday period.
An Easter open day will be held on Thursday, March 24, and Tuesday, March 29, at 10am and 1pm, when the Easter Bunny will pay an early visit to the Lodge to hide some yummy chocolate eggs around the site. The search for the eggs plus lots of Easter crafts is for children of all ages and costs £5 per child and £2 per adult. Little pirates will enjoy a day packed full of activities on Thursday, March 31, and Monday, April 4, at 10am and 1pm including pirate-themed crafts, treasure hunt, fancy dress and the grand opening of the pirate ship. The pirate open day costs £5 per child and £2 per adult. The forest adventure day on Thursday, April 7, at 10am and 1pm will have all the family joining in the fun learning den building, survival skills, map skills, wood chopping and building a campfire. Sessions cost £5 per child and £2 per adult. For all these activity days, please visit www.westboldonlodge.co.uk and click the link at the bottom of the page.
A Spring Coach Trip to Hesleyside Hall & Gardens (featured on TV with Robson Green) and Hexham has been arranged by Joyce Longstaff on behalf of St. George’s Church in East Boldon. The bus will leave East Boldon outside of the church at 9.30am on Friday, April 8, and leave Hexham for home at 4pm. The cost of the trip, including entrance to the house and gardens, is £22. For booking and information, please contact 536 4464.
The Boldon Churches Together Lenten service and light lunch programme continues this week at East Boldon United Reformed Church on Front Street, East Boldon, and on Thursday, March 17, at St Nicholas Church in West Boldon. The half-hour service is at noon followed by a light lunch of sandwiches or soup and a bun. A donation towards the cost of the food will be divided equally between Christian Aid and CAFOD.
Earlier this year over 40 members of Cleadon WI went on the WI charity welly plodge at Whitburn beach followed by a lunch put on by other members for more than 80 ladies. The whole day proved to be great fun.
Sunderland College is offering a new free programme suitable for those who wishing to work with children. The course will give a basic knowledge and understanding of the needs of young children aged from birth to five years, based in a variety of settings. It can lead to employment in play work, out-of-school and early years settings. The course will cover one day a week from 10am–2pm. Start date is April 15. If interested, contact 0191 511 6000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Friends of East Boldon Parks held their AGM in The Grey Horse, East Boldon, on March 3. They are looking for new members to help them support the local parks. The group holds informal meetings on the first Thursday of every month. If interested, please contact email@example.com
Hedworth Lane Primary School in Boldon Colliery will hold a Sport Relief weekend on Friday, March 18. Wristbands have been on sale at the school since March 1 and all proceeds will be forwarded to the charity. Pupils will hold a non-uniform day when they will come to school dressed as their favourite sporting hero with prizes for the best costumes.
The April Community Area Forum meeting for Jarrow and Boldon will be held in Boldon CA, New Road, Boldon Colliery, in The Robert’s Room at 5pm on Thursday, April 14.
West Boldon Residents’ Association will hold its March meeting tomorrow at 10am in The Wheatsheaf in West Boldon. If you are interested in the village or the area, just turn up at the meeting you will be made very welcome.