The Wearside Field Club next meets on Tuesday, August 9, at 7.30pm, in Redby Community Centre, Fulwell Road, Fulwell. The speaker will be John Sadler with a talk on the Magna Carta. Bookings will be taken for the August walk at Keswick led by Allan and Norma Major, which is an early start, 30 minutes early at each pick-up point. Also bookings will be taken for the September walk at Alnwick led by Brian Gray. All are welcome.
Tracey Johnson, winner of Britain’s Brightest Meeting, now runs two Weight Watchers meetings at Roker United Reformed Church in Sidecliffe Road. The friendly and supportive meetings run at 6.30pm on both Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. Join with a friend before August 27 for a chance to win a goody bag and/or a trip to the USA to meet Oprah Winfrey – you will both also receive a £5 voucher to spend in the meeting shop. You can contact Tracey on 07716 313146.
The Sunderland Community Lecture is on tomorrow at the University of Sunderland in the Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s. The speaker will be Ged Parker with a talk entitled ‘How the East was Won: Attracting Nissan to Sunderland’. This free lecture starts at 2.30pm, with registration at 2pm in the Prospect Building. There is (pay) parking in the grounds of the campus.
Seaburn (Men’s) Probus Club meets in Roker Methodist Church at the junction of Lonsdale Road and Roker Park Road tomorrow at 10am. New members would be very welcome to see what the club has to offer.
Fulwell Community Centre, Chapman Street, Fulwell, will be closed until September 5 for refurbishment.
The summer activity in Fulwell Library tomorrow, 2pm to 3pm, will be Tube Charlie. All activities are free but children under the age of eight must be accompanied by an adult. For further information contact Fulwell Library on 0191 561 5260.
On until November 6, ‘Nissan 30 Years On’ is exhibiting at Monkwearmouth Station Museum. Photographer James Sebright and writer/audio artist Rachel Cochrane explore how Nissan has impacted the lives of people in the region as they create a present-day snapshot of the effect of 30 years of Nissan in the North East.
Redby Community Centre has vacancies on some mornings and evenings. Anyone wishing to start a group should contact 0191 548 4515 or call in and ask for Norma.
Sunderland North Business Centre run free play sessions for children aged eight to 10 who may be bored and want something to do. The sessions are held at the Seaburn Centre on Fridays from 4pm to 5.30pm. Also sessions for young people, 11 to 19-years-old are at the Seaburn Centre on Wednesdays from 7pm to 9pm. Other sessions for 11 to 19-year-olds are at Monkwearmouth Academy on Mondays and Thursdays from 6pm to 8pm.
Fulwell Ward Surgery at Fulwell Library, Dene Lane, on Saturday, August 6, from 10.30am to 11.30am, will see ward councillors Howe, or councillor Francis and councillor Beck will be in attendance.
Join the friendly Tea Dance at the Seaburn Centre on Thursday, August 4, from 1.30pm to 3.30pm, for modern and sequence dancing with Jean and Johnny.
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
Snakes Alive! The fascinating world of snakes is an exhibition at Sunderland Museum. Please note that admission charges apply for this exhibition (children £2.50 adults £3.50), and in addition there will be interactive snake shows up to August 30, which will cost an extra £1.50 per person. These will be held at 11am, 1pm and 2pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, except for Saturday, August 20.
Nifty Fifties next meet in Sunderland City Library and Arts Centre on Thursday, August 4, from 1.30pm to 3pm. Entrance is £2.50, which includes refreshments. For ‘The other side of Elvis’, by Stephanie Yearnshire, call 0191 561 1235 for further information.
There will be a reunion of Hendon Board School on Wednesday, August 10, from 7pm till late, at the Gunners Club, Mary Street. There will be a free buffet and all are welcome. For more information, ring Cath on 0191 514 4287.
Sunderland Antiquarian Society Archives at the Sunderland Antiquarian and Heritage Centre, 6 Douro Terrace, is open for research on Wednesday, August 3, from 9.30am to noon, and also on Saturday, August 6, from 9.30am to noon.
Hendon Karate Class at Cheers public house on tomorrow from 6pm to 7pm is for beginners, and on again on Friday. For further details call 07932 724720.
Drop-in sessions are held at the YMCA Centre at 2-3 Toward Road, each Tuesday from 2pm to 4pm. They offer advice on the types of accommodation at the YMCA for 16 to 35-year-olds. Or you can call 0191 567 6160 for advice.
Hendon Community Association meets in its new premises in Seafarers Way, Moor Terrace, Hendon, SR1 2JH. A drop-in luncheon club is on Tuesday and Thursday from 8.30am to 3.30pm. Also bingo on Mondays from 6.30pm to 9.30pm (over 18s). For further information call 0191 565 5648.
Sunderland Maritime Heritage Centre, 2 Church Street East, Sunderland SR1 2BB, is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am to 4pm. Admission is free. Give them a visit and hear about their future plans while having a free cup of tea or coffee, who knows you may end up being one of their volunteer workers. They thank you for your donations of artifacts, which will enable them to authenticate their shipyard experiences for school visits. Has anyone got a pewter model of a SD14 (given to all Pickersgill workers) that you would like to loan or donate? For more information call 0191 510 2540 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Book an enjoyable afternoon tea for you and your friends (six or over) for a celebration in the Donnison School, which is a Grade II listed building. Cost is £7 per person and includes coffee or tea with scones, sandwiches and cakes, as well as an illustrated talk. Call 0191 565 4835 to book.
Foyle Street Writers meet weekly at Sunderland City Library on Thursdays from 10am to noon. They share ideas and support fellow creative writers. New members are welcome.
Do you need advice on benefits and or debt? You can make an appointment in a range of community settings in Sunderland East with Shiney Advice and Resource Project (SHARP). Call 0300 123 1961 or email email@example.com or go to the website www.shineyadvice.org.uk