On Saturday, June 4, at 11.30am, there will be a civic service at St Peter’s Church, Monkwearmouth, to mark the 1,300th anniversary of the departure for Rome of the Codex Amiatinus, the single volume Latin Bible that had been created at the twin monastery of Wearmouth-Jarrow. A new version of the Codex Amiatinus, which has been created by schoolchildren in Sunderland and South Tyneside, will then be taken across the River Wear by boat on its journey to London and eventually to Rome.
Councillor Barry Curran during his year in office as Sunderland City Mayor has visited many places in the city seeing lots of good work. He created an award to show appreciation of the work by individuals. An event was held on his last evening as Sunderland City Mayor along with his wife, Carol, when they presented certificates to 40 people who have done good work, staff and volunteers who help improve the city.
Sunderland Community Lecture takes place tomorrow at the University of Sunderland in the Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s. The speaker will be Sharon Vincent on The Mitford Sisters (part two), This free lecture starts at 2.30pm, registration at 2pm in the Prospect Building.
Roker Crafts will meet on Friday from 1pm–3pm in Roker Methodist Church hall. Each session is led by a member of the group and this week Linda will be making jewellery, memory wire bracelets. Take along any beads you would like to use as well as a basic craft kit (pen, pencil, scissors etc). Ring 5495878 for further information.
Make your own Euro 2016 concertina Footballer and decorate it in your favourite football team’s colours at Fulwell Library on Wednesday, June 1, from 2pm-3pm. The session is suitable for all ages but children under the age of eight must be accompanied by an adult. Contact Fulwell Library on 0191 561 5260 for more details.
Roker United Reformed Church Fellowship will meet on Tuesday, May 31, at 2pm. It will be a members’ afternoon with beetle.
During the summer months, Sunderland Volunteer Life Brigade Watch House Museum is open every Sunday from noon to 4pm and admission is free. For further information see www.sunderlandvlb.com
Due to bank holidays and summer vacations, Monkwearmouth Local History Group will be on holiday in June, July and August. The group will recommence on Monday, September 5.
Monkwearmouth Drama Group will be presenting the play, Oliver Twist, on June 2, 3 and 4, in the Priestman Hall, St Andrew’s Church, Roker, at 7.30pm. For tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go along in person to the Priestman Hall. They are priced £5 for adults and £3 for children. You can also pay at the door. The group is always in need of new members and even at this stage you could still play a part in Oliver Twist.
A coffee morning will be held in Fulwell Methodist Church on Saturday from 10am – 11.30am.
The Salvation Army in Roker Avenue Ladies’ Fellowship will be hold a fundraising musical concert on Saturday, June 4, at 7pm. The concert will include North East Brass Ensemble, Louise Weigend vocalist and Springwell Village Primary School singing group. Admission is £5 for adults, children are free.
All Saints’ Ladies’ Fellowship will meet in the vestry meeting room at All Saints’ Church, Fulwell Road, tomorrow at 7.45pm.
Hundreds of Wearsiders go about their daily business unaware they may have high blood pressure which if untreated could lead to a stroke. For the last 12 years, Seaburn Rotary has staged a blood pressure awareness day in Sunderland to bring the problem to people’s attention. The club’s most recent event was staged in The Bridges where, with the help of the nurses from the Stroke Association, shoppers were offered the opportunity to have their blood pressure measured. More than 120 people took the offer and whereas most people had normal blood pressure a significant number were marginal and some were referred to their doctor. In talking to the public about the problems of high blood pressure, Rotary has become aware that over the years more people now have regular blood pressure checks carried out by their doctor, practice nurse or increasingly at home with a monitor.