Members and friends of Easington Colliery Brass Band were saddened to hear of the death of Rita Collins (nee Marrin), who was a great servant of the band for many years as both librarian and treasurer. Rita, along with her husband Bill, spent many hours ferrying players and equipment where ever the band was playing. She first got involved with the band over 25 years ago when her son Jonathan, the current band chairman, joined from neighbouring Seaham Band. Their thoughts go out to Bill and the family at this sad time. The funeral took place at Durham Crematorium earlier this month and some of the band played hymns and other music during the service.
Hawthorn Parish Council defibrillator is now in the cabinet on the outside wall of the Community Centre, instructions on how to use it are included. Training from the North East Ambulance Service took place last month and it is hoped to repeat this in March, subject to sufficient demand.
The Halloween Hoedown on October 29 at The Barn at Easington from 6pm to midnight is going to be a great night with acts from local singer songwriter Ani Sandwith, Auld Man Baccy, The Camp Vamps and Peter Mortimer. Tickets are on sale at Pennywise, Seaside Lane, or by email from firstname.lastname@example.org adults. They cost £6, under 18 ,£3, and under-twos free.
Employees of a Durham housing group have helped to raise more than £1,401.30 with their cake and cuppa approach to a national charity event. Dale & Valley Homes, Durham City Homes and East Durham Homes, as part of County Durham Housing Group took part in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. They held a whole host of events including bake-offs, raffles, leg waxing and rides on virtual rollercoasters.
Easington C of E Primary School will be holding non-uniform day in aid of school funds on Thursday.
The Bradley Co-op Teddy Walk money, £2642.25, was given to the Bradley team when local people dressed as teddy bears and children carrying their favourite toys turned out to support five-year-old Bradley Lowery as part of a fundraising campaign to get him specialist treatment in New York. The five-year-old from Blackhall is fighting the neuroblastoma form of cancer, which returned earlier this year, after he was thought to have overcome the disease, when it was first diagnosed in 2013. The walk was from Healthworks to Blackhall Co-op and an extra £164 was raised in Blackhall. A massive thank you to everyone.
Free children’s activities will be held at Healthworks on Monday, October 24, from 1pm to 3pm with Halloween masks and hats. On Wednesday, October 26, from 1pm to 3pm it is Scary food and edible Halloween make up effects. Children under nine must be accompanied by an adult.