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Members of the congregation congratulate the Reverend Kate Jamie on her ordination.
Members of the congregation congratulate the Reverend Kate Jamie on her ordination.
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The Reverend Kate Jamie, from St Mary’s Church, was ordained in Durham Cathedral by the Bishop of Durham, The Right Reverend Paul Butler. Kate, 34, who studied for ordination at Cranmer Hall, Durham, becomes a priest and will continue to serve at St Mary and The Ascension. Originally from Essex, she said she completed two years as an education assistant at the education department at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, going on to train at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama gaining a degree in drama, applied theatre and education in 2005.

After other training, she went back to the Globe as an education manager and met her husband Matt Jamie while he was working as an actor at the Globe. She left her post at the Globe Theatre to work as a Chaplaincy Assistant at King’s College, London. She has worked as a volunteer to set up a meal for the homeless and helped with Winter Night Shelters that brought churches together, so that those who were homeless could stay somewhere overnight. Since being ordained as a Deacon she has held a drama group at Hopewood Academy (formerly Glendene), the Rev Kate led family communion services at both churches followed by a celebration tea.

Rosemary Lane Nursery School staff and pupils organised their annual sponsored fancy dress walk in May and paraded with their costumes through Easington. Thanks go to Easington Colliery Primary School for the use of its hall for refreshments, the Police Community Support Officers for accompanying the group along the route and Walkers Crisp factory for the donation of crisps as a reward to all the children for their hard work. The money raised is going towards the school beach trip to South Shields.

Easington Village Women’s Institute is organising a day trip to Scarborough on August 15. The trip is open to friends. If you are interested, contact secretary Janet Ferguson on 5270450.

Big Feet Little Feet for mams, dads, grandparents or carers with children from birth to four years, meets on Fridays from 9.30am to 11.30am at Healthworks from just £2 per child and 50p per additional child.

A huge thank you to Leah, Jenny, Aaron, Alice, Ava, Amie and Lilly, the Eco Club Leaders who have worked very hard throughout this year to ensure that the children from Easington C of E Primary School now have recycle bins in their classrooms and outside on the playground. They have played a large part in helping Ms Lilley to achieve her Middle Leaders’ Certificate through the National School of Teaching by completing a sustainability project called Why do we need to change the bins?

The Church of Ascension hall will hold a social evening on Friday at 7pm with the sensational Seatones, four girls in harmony. There will also be bingo and raffle. Tickets are £4 including refreshments.

Join us at Easington Colliery Methodist Church every Thursday from 11.30am to 1pm for a delicious, healthy, hot meal, made from scratch that morning by the wonderful team of volunteers. Hot drinks, a soup and main course are available for £1.

A family fun day for Macmillan Cancer will be held at Easington Colliery Social Welfare Centre on Sunday from 2pm. Andrew Price asked it to be in memory of his father Terry, who died last year. Macmillan was a great help for the whole family at a difficult time. There will be various events for children, a children’s disco, bouncy castle, face painting and more. In attendance will be White Watch, from Peterlee fire service. There will be live music at 5pm by Honest Jack.