Hedworth Lane Primary School is one of over 21,000 schools and groups representing more than 4.5million children across the UK to inspire a love of plants and horticulture by taking part in Rocket Science, the RHS Campaign for School Gardening this year. The children are embarking on a voyage of discovery by growing seeds that have been into space.
Last September Rocket seeds were flown to the International Space Station (ISS) on Soyuz 44S where they spent several months in microgravity before returning to earth in March. The ‘space’ seeds will be grown alongside seeds which have not been to space and pupils will measure the difference over seven weeks, but won’t know which seed packet contains which seeds until all results have been collected by the RHS and professionally analysed. This out-of-this-world nationwide science experiment will enable pupils to think more about how we could preserve human life on another planet in the future, what astronauts need to survive long-term missions in space and the difficulties surrounding growing fresh food in challenging climates. The national programme of school gardening training courses enthuse teachers and give them skills and confidence to create outdoor learning experiences that impact on children’s achievement, health and well-being whilst supporting the National Curriculum. Miss Jago, Year 3 and 4 teacher at the school, said they were very excited to be taking part in Rocket Science and that the experiment is a fantastic way of teaching the pupils to think more scientifically and share their findings with the whole school.
The Friends of East Boldon Parks plan to hold a Midsummer Picnic on Saturday, June 18, and a Village Fun Day on Saturday, September 17, in Grange Park, East Boldon.
The Boldon Miners and Community Banner Group meet tonight in the Robert’s Room in Boldon CA on New Road, Boldon Colliery, at 7.30pm. Anyone interested in joining the group will be made very welcome.
Boldon United Reformed Church on Front Street in East Boldon will hold a May Fair on Saturday, May 14, from noon-2pm. There will be various stalls to include plants, £1 parcels, tombola, raffles, etc. Light lunches will be served. Everyone welcome.
The Parishes of Boldon, St Nicholas Hedworth, St George’s, East Boldon, and St Nicholas, West Boldon, which are all part of the United Benfice of the Boldons, now have a Benfice Worship Music Group. It meets at Hedworth for rehearsals on Tuesdays at 7.15pm. The Ladies’ Group next meet on May 18 when they will visit The Westovian Theatre to see Prescription for Murder.
The twice monthly Wednesday coffee morning, bring-and-buy, raffle and homemade cake stall will take place tomorrow from 10am at East Boldon Methodist Church, on the corner of Bridle Path in East Boldon.
A great night’s entertainment to mark St George’s Day and the Queen’s 90th birthday was held in St George’s Church in East Boldon recently. The celebration of English music was provided by the Benefice Music Worship Group and The People’s Mission Silver Band from South Shields. The wide variety of entertaining music played and sung transported the audience back over the centuries and the evening finished with a rousing Last Night of the Proms programme, which everyone thoroughly enjoyed.
The local folk band, Seganainm, will be hosting the folk club in the function room of the Grey Horse in East Boldon this Thursday from 7.30pm. Admission is free. The following Thursday, May 12, the band will be at The Boldon Cricket Club on Sunderland Road in East Boldon from 8pm, again free admission and on the last Thursday of May, the band will play at the Alberta Club, beside Jarrow Metro Station, for The Friends of the Irish Night.
Crowgarth fun day gymkhana will take place in the field at the bottom of Hylton bank on Hylton Lane, top of Dipe Lane in West Boldon, on Sunday from 9am. Entries taken on the day. As well as all the usual equestrian classes there will be a fun dog class and refreshments will be available on the field all day.
West Boldon Residents’ Association will hold its AGM in The Wheatsheaf in West Boldon at 10am on Wednesday, May 11.