Boldon - Down Your Way

The shops at Boldon.
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An idea has been put forward by a small number of shop owners and businesses on North Road in Boldon Colliery to foster and encourage a pleasant shopping experience. The meeting was arranged by owners and manager Nathan Scully and Jamie Dixon, of NE Games, Video Games, Collectables and Warhammer, to which all businesses on the parade on each side of North Road in Newtown, Boldon Colliery, were invited. The meeting took place in Milk & Sugar Coffee shop but they were disappointed that only a few representatives of local businesses turned up.

The owners of NE Games, who recently moved into the old Newtown Post Office premises, are keen to encourage other businesses on the shopping parade to come together initially to enhance shop fronts and pavements by adding plants etc, and cleaning up and upgrading the area outside their shops to make customers’ shopping experience more attractive and welcoming. Another meeting will take place in the next couple of weeks to discuss how the look of the streetscape could be improved in the future and they are hoping that the next meeting will be well attended and supported.

St Nicholas Church in West Boldon will hold its annual summer fair (Boldon Bonanza) this Saturday from 10am to 12.30pm. Stalls selling all manner of goods and gifts, including home-made cakes, raffles, games and activities, will feature. Homemade refreshments will also be available.

Neil and Anne Cuthbertson, parishioners of St Nicholas in West Boldon, will be taking part in this year’s Bedesway Walk in support of Christian Aid on Saturday, June 25, which will leave St Paul’s in Jarrow and finish at St Peter’s in Monkwearmouth, a distance of 12 miles. They would be grateful to anyone prepared to sponsor them in aid of the charity.

There will be an open weekend this Saturday and Sunday at Bowes Railway and Railway Model Club at the Bowes Railway Museum, Springwell Road, Gateshead, from 10am to 4pm. Tere will be trade stands, funfair, refreshments and Loco in Steam.

A trip to Barnard Castle, the Mainsgill Farm Shop and entry into Bowes Museum to see an exhibition of shoes throughout the ages entitled The Pleasure and the Pain has been arranged by Joyce Longstaff and members of St George’s Church in East Boldon. The coach will leave on Friday, July 15, at 9.30am from the church of Front Street, East Boldon. The cost, including entry to the exhibition is £18. Contact Joyce on 536 4464 for more details or to book.

The first and third Wednesday of the month coffee morning at East Boldon Methodist Church, on the corner of Bridle Path, will be held tomorrow from 10am. There will be bring-and-buy, cake stall and homemade refreshments. The Friendship Group at the church meets every second Tuesday of the month for afternoon tea and activities.

Cleadon Floral Arrangement Society will meet on June 21 in All Saints’ Church hall in Cleadon at 7.30pm. The demonstrator will be Mildred Stafford and her floral subject is Sunshine, Strawberries & Champagne. The society’s summer outing to Alnwick, with an option to vsiti the Castle and/or Gardens will take place on August 6.

A Midsummer Picnic in the Park has been arranged by The Friends of East Boldon Parks and will take place this Saturday from 5pm to 9pm. Live music, bring your own picnic and games. Sorry no BBQs.