Grangetown and Ashbrooke - Down Your Way

Left to right, Brendan Leer, Director Catenian Province 5, Evangelina, Stuart Lane, president, Anna, Evangelina's mother, and Larry Leith, secretary.
Left to right, Brendan Leer, Director Catenian Province 5, Evangelina, Stuart Lane, president, Anna, Evangelina's mother, and Larry Leith, secretary.
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Evangelina Rea, from Jarrow, South Tyneside, a sixth form student at St Anthony’s Catholic Academy was one of a group of young people who joined the 2015 Hexham & Newcastle Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes as helpers. 

She obtained an award from the Catenian Association’s Bursary Fund to assist with her expenses. The Catenian Association, a Catholic Men’s Society, established the Bursary Fund to encourage and assist Catholics, between the ages of 16 and 25, to actively involve themselves in projects for the benefit of the community at home or abroad, involving the implementation of Christian, and particularly Catholic, principles. She wrote a moving report about her pilgrimage in which she explained, not only how she had helped the pilgrims, but also she has been greatly influenced by her experiences. She went with her mother to Sunderland Circle after the September meeting at the Rosedene Hotel, to say a personal thank you. The group meets at the Rosedene on the first Wednesday of the month.

Evangelina, left, and friend, Charlotte Behan assisting a pilgrim.

Evangelina, left, and friend, Charlotte Behan assisting a pilgrim.

The Sunderland Group supporting the Bible Society is holding a coffee

morning in St George’s Centre, Stockton Road, from 10.30am to noon, on Wednesday, September 30. There will be various stalls including jewellery, handbags, china, bring-and -buy, cakes and handmade cards. Tickets at £1.50 are available on the door. Everyone is welcome to go along and support the work of the Bible Society, who print and distribute affordable bibles world-wide

Volunteers from the Rotary Club of Sunderland had a very busy weekend offering their car parking and stewarding expertise, with an early-morning 7am start for the Dragon Boat Races at Hetton Lyons Country Park, on September 5. Money raised went to the North East Air Ambulance. Later that morning other members were on duty at Sunderland University City Campus where shoppers can park all day for £2. Money raised goes to local charities. The Rotary Club of Sunderland has always been keen supporters of Grace House Hospice and, as every year, was on hand to assist at the Colour Run on September 6 at Herrington Country Park

The Sunderland Conservatives Women’s Organisation will meet tomorrow at 2pm. Venue, as usual is the community centre, Stannington Grove. After a business meeting, the SWO will be welcoming Gwen Dawe, who has agreed to give a talk on the University of the Third Age. Guests are welcome.

Saint Michael’s Residents’ Association holds its next meeting tomorrow at Auckland Homes, Hill View Road, at 6.30pm.

Thornholme Residents’ Association meets next Monday, September 21, at Ashbrooke Sports Club, at 6pm.

Northumbria Police will hold its next PACT meeting at Auckland Homes, Hill View Road, on Tuesday, September 22, at 6pm.

Saint Michael’s Councillors, Michael Dixon, Margaret Forbes and Peter Wood, will be at the Lower Hall, St John’s Church, Ashbrooke Road, tomorrow from 10am to 11am, for their next ward surgery

Friends of Backhouse Park and Barley Mow Park met last week. Chaired by Claire Wayman, residents were joined by Michael Fascia, Sunderland City Council, plus St Michael’s ward councillors, Michael Dixon and Peter Wood. There was a full agenda with various matters discussed, including the likelihood of another Halloween Night in Backhouse Park, which was very successful last year. The next meeting will be the AGM, on Tuesday, October 13, at 7pm in the Back on the Map Building (ex-Hendon Library).

Ashmore Residents’ Association met last week at the British Legion Club, Grange Crescent. Chaired by Liz Griffiths, various issues were discussed including latest crime statistics for the locality, progress of the Community Parking Management Scheme, plus planning issues. Joining residents were Helen Stephenson, (hurch Development and Community Officer, Stockton Road URC, plus St Michael’s ward councillors, Michael Dixon and Peter Wood. The next meeting will be on Wednesday, November 11, at 7.30pm in the same venue.