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Wendy Smith at the final meeting of Cleadon Floral Society with some of her Christmas flower arrangements.
Wendy Smith at the final meeting of Cleadon Floral Society with some of her Christmas flower arrangements.
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The last meeting of Cleadon Floral Arrangement Society took place last week in All Saint’s Church hall in Cleadon. Wendy Smith, from Durham, stunned the audience with some amazing arrangements on the theme of It’s Christmas. Wendy’s choice of flowers and spectacular demonstration was a fitting end to the Society’s 46 years of monthly meetings in the village. Members, although sad to be bringing the flower club to a close because of dwindling membership, were thrilled to end on such a high note. The ladies will get together for a final Christmas lunch in December.

The next 50/50 ballroom dance to be held in The Shack on North Road in Boldon Colliery will take place on Friday. Entry is £2.

Geoff Philips will give a talk and presentation to The Boldon’s History Society in The Grey Horse in East Boldon on Tuesday, November 29, at 7pm. Festive refreshments will be served to members and guests after the meeting which will be the last for this year. The first meeting of 2017 will be in the same venue at 7pm on Tuesday, January 31, when all will be welcome.

March next year, Boldon School will put on a production of the musical Oliver!. Rehearsals are under way involving over 55 students on stage and back stage. Earlier this year Mrs Moir and three students left for a four-week adventure to Borneo. They have worked tirelessly to raise the funds through bag packs, coffee mornings, car boot sales and much more. The visit included community development work, environmental projects and wildlife conservation. The students also had a once in a lifetime experience of scuba diving next to the island Mantanani. The expedition enabled students to acquire and develop skills such as teamwork, multitasking, taking initiative, patience and how to become more reliable and self-sufficient. They worked hard in the communities to make a difference to the lives of those less fortunate while also gaining an understanding of other cultures. They were also given the opportunity to assist with an ongoing wildlife conservation programme to preserve biodiversity and protect vulnerable habitats.

A toy fair in aid of Save the Children will take place in East Boldon Junior School (behind The Grey Horse pub) this Friday from 3.30pm. Admission is free. Items on sale will include donated toys, books, board games, jig-saws, DVDs cuddly toys and cakes.

The Jarrow/Boldon CAF, South Tyneside Council, will take place this Thursday at 5pm in Jarrow Town Hall, Grange Road, Jarrow. Items on the agenda include an update on the former Bede’s World and Jarrow Hall and the future of the green bin service. The next meeting to take place on January 12 at 5pm will be in Boldon Community Association Centre.

St Nicholas Church in West Boldon will hold its autumn/Christmas fair from 10am on Saturday in the parish hall on Rectory Bank. The fair will consist of refreshments, giant tombola, cake stall and many other stalls and attractions.

The bus trip to York, organised by Joyce Longstaff for St George’s Church in East Boldon, will leave Friday at 8.30am from outside the church. Tickets cost £15 and you have the option of visiting the York Designer Outlet Centre. If interested, contact 5364484.