Easington - Down Your Way

Organiser Alice Morton with Durham County councillors David and Angela Surtess.
Organiser Alice Morton with Durham County councillors David and Angela Surtess.
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The 2016 winners of Easington Village Scarecrow competition classes were Show Stopper ­ –Christ the Redeemer, St. Mary’s Close, Best Theme Mr and Mrs Twit – The Spinney, Most Comic –Washing Day, Best Business – One 2 Many – Half Moon , Top School – Easington Academy, Slightly Sarcastic –Tarzan and the Windy Painter – Stockton Road, Special Effort – Viking – North Terrace, Founders Shield - Scooby Gang – South Side, Utterly Unique - The Monster Bunch eating Monster Munch Loaning Burn and Judge’s Choice –Crow Scare. Councillors Angela Surtees and organiser Alice Morton presented prizes and certificates. Alice said: “Thank you to everyone who turned out this afternoon, even if it didn’t go to plan it was a lovely afternoon. It was great to see so many people there and a big thank you to the county councillors for their continued support year on year. Thank you to everyone who entered, we have had some fab scarecrows and I can’t wait to see what you all come up with next year.”

We’ve had just under 500 people coming to our Messy Lunch Monday’s and Film Tea Tuesdays during the holidays, not to mention the crowds that came every week to CAFE Together at Easington Colliery Methodist Church. Thank you to all who came and all who helped and to all who gave grants! The Monday and Tuesday groups have finished now but CAFE Together continues every Thursday for lunch.

Jimmy Kays (1886-1951) was a former East Durham Miner. An exhibition of his prints are on display in Seaton Holme until October 28, Monday to Friday, 9.30am until 12.30pm. Easington Lane-born artist and pitman James Kays dabbled with art throughout his life and his sketches were published in the Weekly Star newspaper during the 1920s. Jean Spence, a member of East Durham Artists’ Network, snapped up some of his work on eBay.

The Dog’s Trust with Durham County Council are holding a community event at The Robin Todd Community Centre on Thursday, September 29, from 11am to 3pm. Free micro chipping, health checks and training advice.

Join our qualified instructors to start your journey from cCouch to 5k, Free Running Programme! Held weekly starting Thursday, September 29, from 5.30pm to 6.30pm at Healthworks, this is free of charge, and takes place over 10 weeks, gradually building up your fitness. Suitable for beginners, adults only. Improve your fitness progressively in a safe, fun and social environment. Booking essential, call Healthworks on 0191 527 4150. For more information contact Andy Burn on 07818 51309.

Easington Academy were delighted to welcome all of their new Year 7 students and to welcome their new members of staff for the start of the new academic year.

The newly refurbished Hawthorn Community Centre welcomes old and new members back to their various groups and classes. The Art Class meets on Tuesday from 10am to noon and the Craft Class from 7pm to 9pm. Line Dancing is on Thursday from 7pm to 9m. Mother and Toddler group meet on Friday from 9.30am to 11.30am. All welcome, friends old and new at our friendly local group. Come along for play and snacks. For more information contact Ken Rowe on 0191 052 73029.

The Pan Hag Field Kitchen will be held at Easington Colliery Nature Reserve (former pit site), SR8 3QH on Saturday, October 1, from noon to 5pm. Ther event is free and suitable for all ages, and families are welcome. Activities include the world’s first Pan Hag Championship, craft demos and workshops, nature walks, cooking demos and tastings, recipe sharing, arts activities and sea glass collecting! For more information, visit www.eastdurhamcreates.co.uk/panhag Commissioned as part of East Durham Creates, produced by Forma Arts with artistic direction by Gayle Chong Kwan.