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Friends of Backhouse Park will hold its Halloween Night in the park on Saturday. Children, who must be accompanied by an adult, are asked to meet inside Backhouse Park (entrance through the gates from Ryhope Road) at 5pm.

The theme is Who Killed Dracula’s Bride? and will be performed by Theatre Space North East. Please go in fancy dress and take along a torch. There will be prizes for the best costume and best lantern. The event, which was a great success last year, is free. In order to assist organisers, book your place by texting Helen on 07504096432 with name and numbers coming.

Saint George’s Church, Stockton Road and Belvedere Road) will be holding its autumn coffee morning on Saturday, November 7, from 10am to noon. There will be the usual stalls of cakes, tombola and raffle. Tickets are £1, pay at the door.

Beginners for Yoga starts on Thursday, November 5, in St Nicholas Church Hall, Queen Alexandra Road, from 10am to 11.30 am with a British Wheel of Yoga Teacher. For details, phone 07999524707 or email hathayogawithchristinereed@gmail.com

Saint Michael’s Councillors, Michael Dixon, Margaret Forbes and Peter Wood, will hold their next ward surgery on Thursday, November 12, between 10am and 11 am in St Nicholas Church hall, Queen Alexandra Road.

The president of the Rotary Club of Sunderland, John Bowskill, was accompanied by five members and their wives, when he attended the North East Rotary District Conference in Edinburgh last weekend. Among the many interesting presentations, one in particular appealed to the Sunderland Rotarians. Mary’s Meals aims to provide a daily nutritious meal in places of education in the world’s poorest communities. For the sum of £12.20, Mary’s Meals can feed one child for a whole school year. The UK Government is matching all donations so in fact a donation of £12.20 will feed 2 children for the whole school year. Mary’s Meals started by helping children in Malawi but now makes sure more than one million children in South Sudan, Thailand, Uganda, Zambia, Benin, Ecuador, Haiti, India and Liberia receive a meal every school day. Sunderland Rotarians will be looking to support this charity.

Northumbria Police will hold its next Pact meeting at Auckland Homes, Hill View Road, tonight at 6pm.

Saint Michael’s Residents’ Association, chaired by Bryan Tuddenham, met last week. Joining residents were police officers, who gave out the latest crime statistics, ward Councillors Michael Dixon and Peter Wood, who briefed the meeting on local issues, plus Dan Hattle, from Sunderland Council, who gave a talk on plans for the city centre. The next meeting will on Wednesday, November 25, at Auckland Homes, Hill View Road, at 6.30pm.