A service to mark the retirement of Audrey Walker as Secretary of Easington Colliery Methodist Church was held to commemorate her many years of service to the chapel.
She was presented with flowers and a replacement wedding ring, as she had lost her original one while in hospital, and the ring was blessed in church. Her families association with the chapel goes back many years and her father, Ivor Bell, was Superintendent of the United Methodists in 1928. Audrey took over as secretary after the death of her father in 1973, assisted in all her work by her late husband George and her sister Margaret over the years. The post has been taken by Kathleen Murray who is also treasurer.
Brothers Richard, 45, and Nick Parker, 3,8 with friends Craig Mordue, 27, and Steven Auston, 44, of Easington, and Chris Walls, 34, of Houghton, will travel to Peru to trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu next month. The seven-day challenge will have steep climbs on narrow trails, with the maximum altitude at 4,200 metres above sea level. Money raised will be split evenly between Macmillan Cancer Support and the Alzheimer’s Society. They hope the overall figure will top £20,000. Richard and Nick have raised about £18,000 over recent years for Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of their mum Gillian, who died from breast cancer in 1984. Their last venture was a 100-mile, week-long hike along the Great Wall of China last year paying all their own expenses. To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/oneinagillian2 or www.justgiving.com/incatrailseptember2015
Big Feet Little Feet is held every Friday between 9:30am-11:30am at Healthworks for mums, dads, grandparents or carers with children from birth to four years. Go along and meet new friends. Refreshments are included in the £1.50 fee. It is 50p per extra child.
Easington Activity Programme is holding a party on Bank Holiday Monday in Easington Colliery Social Welfare Centre from 4pm-8pm. Entry is £1. There will be a free bouncy castle. Leave your name and how many tickets you would like. Adults will also need a ticket.
A meeting was held with Easington police officers and representatives of Easington Colliery and Village, Haswell and South Hetton Parish Councils and representatives of Durham County Council to answer questions on the East Durham horse fair. This year the site will be on a private rented field on South Hetton Road opposite Plants’R’Ross. Last year travellers went to a site, between Sedgefield and Fishburn. In previous years it has been in Blackhall, Easington Colliery and Horden. Last year’s August Bank Holiday Monday trot had been managed successfully by police and they are in talks with Eddie Richardson, spokesman for the travelling community, local businesses and others who may be involved in any way.
A summer ball tea dance will be held in Easington Colliery Social Welfare Centre on Sunday. Entry is £6 on the door.