Easington - Down Your Way

Members of St Mary's Church Mothers' Union at their Queen's birthday tea celebration.
Members of St Mary's Church Mothers' Union at their Queen's birthday tea celebration.
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Members of St Mary’s Church Mothers’ Union held a special Queen’s birthday tea in the church hall.

Easington C of E Primary School held an Easington’s Got Talent competition with Ben Syson named the winner, Alyssa Lawton second and Arthur Golden-Shillaw was third. This was a great event enjoyed by all who attended. The children who performed were all extremely talented.

Neighbours enjoying Hawthorn's annual Big Lunch.

Neighbours enjoying Hawthorn's annual Big Lunch.

The Big Lunch is a very simple idea from the Eden Project. The aim is to get as many people as possible across the whole of the UK to have lunch with their neighbours annually on the first Sunday in June in a simple act of community, friendship and fun. Since starting in 2009, thousands of Big Lunches have taken place in all types of communities. In 2014, 4.83million people took to their streets, gardens and community spaces for the sixth annual Big Lunch.

The second Big Lunch in Hawthorn took place on last month. The sun was shining and everyone had a great time.

Thanks went to children at Easington C of E Primary School who kindly donated non-perishable food to the East Durham FEED Project. The FEED project is in desperate need of donations of non-perishable food. There has been an increase in the need for food parcels and over the summer holidays, the project expects that need to increase. Since the start of the project more than 6,000 adults and children have had a food parcel. The school had a collection point for ‘FEED Fortnight’ last month.

Easington Village lunch club closed last Wednesday for a four-week break to give volunteers a well-earned rest.

Mindfulness is a free six-week course starting on Friday, August 12, from 1.30pm to 3.30pm at Healthworks. This course will look at: beginners’ mind awareness; becoming aware of our bodies and sensations; breathing and body movement; accepting and letting be; staying in the present and taking care of ourselves and using what we have learned.

Hawthorn Parish Council has been successful in its application to register the Stapylton Arms pub as a community asset. Successful registration allows the community up to six months to look at buying the asset or looking at how it can be retained for community use.