Boldon - Down Your Way

Supreme champion Erin Philips on Megland Little Madam,
Supreme champion Erin Philips on Megland Little Madam,
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The summer gymkhana, Crowgarth Fun Day, was held on July 10 in the field in front of Boldon Hall in West Boldon. Congratulations to Erin Philips on Megland Little Madam, who was awarded Supreme Champion on the day, and Cole, owned by Kenny Rutherford, handler Toni-Jayne Keighley took reserve champion. The next West Boldon Gymkhana will be held in May next year.

The Boldon Miners and Community Banner Group will meet in the Robert’s Room of the BCA on New Road, Boldon, at 7.30pm on Tuesday, August 2. New members, or anyone interested in the work of the group is always welcome. Members of the committee would like to convey their condolences to Mrs David Hopper and his family on the sad death of David Hopper, secretary of the Durham Miners’ Association. Mr Hopper was instrumental in 2008 in bringing together a small group of people interested in keeping the memory and history of Boldon Colliery, its workers and the Boldon community alive by having a new Boldon Miners’ Banner, designed by local schoolchildren and paraded through Durham and dedicated in Durham Cathedral at the Durham Miners’ Gala the following year. This banner has been supported and paraded by Boldon men and women each year at the Gala headed by a Brass Band. This has been made possible by the financial support given to the group by South Tyneside CAF to whom members would like to pass on their grateful thanks.

This Sunday will see the start of the Get into Golf @ Boldon Golf Club, the Lottery-funded five hours of ladies beginner coaching by PGA Professional Simon Robinson on four Sundays until August 21 from 2.30pm to 3.30pm and the fifth on Saturday, August 27. All equipment is provided. Anyone women interested can book online at

The Big Friendly Reading Challenge will run throughout the summer holidays at East Boldon Library. You can join in with Roald Dahl inspired crafts between 2pm and 3pm. On Friday it will be the BFG; The Enormous Crocodile, Friday, August 5; George’s Marvellous Medicine on August 12; The Twits on August 19; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on August 26 and finally Esio Trot on September 2. Contact the library on 0191 424 7853 to book or for further information.

The Boldon’s History Society will meet at 7pm tonight in St George’s Chuch hall on Front Street in East Boldon –note change of venue while refurbishment is being carried out at The Grey Horse. Anne Witherington will give a talk and presentation to the group entitled 50 Years in Boldon Part 2. It will be followed by the AGM. The meeting is open to anyone interested in the history of Boldon.

During term-time the Hair and Beauty Salons at Boldon School continue to provide a range of professional treatments and services at very competitive rates. The salons are open to the public and can also offer private or parties for family or corporate events. It is a training salon but all treatments and services are under the watchful eye of their team of staff, who continue to operate within industry alongside their teaching commitment. More information can be obtained from the school website.

West Boldon Residents’ Association will hold a strawberry coffee morning, raffle, talk and presentation by Major Anthony Tate, Retired Household Cavalry. Major Tate’s talk will give an insight into the preparation and participation of major Royal and State events as a member of the Queen’s Life Guards Mounted Household Cavalry. Entry is £2 per person, which includes strawberry scone, tea and coffee and free raffle ticket. Any donation in support of Military Charity will be gratefully received. The event will take place in The Wheatsheaf on Rectory Bank in West Boldon at 10am. Talk to commence at 10.30am. Tickets are available from 536 7388 or 519 2304 or pay on arrival.

Boldon Community Association Centre on New Road, Boldon Colliery will remain open this year throughout the school summer holidays.