Mrs Claus is asking for your help to find Santa’s reindeer in Backhouse Park. The reindeers have been on holiday in the park but now they need to go home to get ready to pull Santa’s sleigh. Only problem is they are being very naughty and hiding from Mrs Claus. Can you help her find them? Go along to the park on Sunday, meeting at the gazebo by the children’s play area, near The Cedars/Ryhope Road. The start is 11am and the last entry will be 12.30pm. The event ends at 2pm. Text 07504096432 to book your free place. There will be great Christmas fun suitable for all ages. Walking is involved so wear comfy shoes, wrap up warm, and don’t forget your accompanying adult. Refreshments will be served and there may even a treat or two. Everyone will be made most welcome
The following services will be held at St Aidan’s Church, Ryhope Road, Grangetown: Christmas Eve 6pm Community Carol Service and later a Midnight Mass; Christmas Day 10am Mass with carols then at 6pm evening prayer and benediction; December 27 10am parish mass and later 6pm carols and readings around the crib.
Members of the Rotary Club of Sunderland will be on duty at the car parks of the City Campus of Sunderland University helping shoppers and football fans during the Christmas and New Year period. For £2 shoppers can park all day on Saturday and Saturday, December 26, while football fans can also park for £2 from 5.30pm on Wednesday, December 30, for the Liverpool home game and both shoppers and football fans are welcome on Saturday, January 2, from 10am for the Aston Villa home game. All money raised is shared between the University Development Trust and local charities.
Ashbrooke Residents’ Association, with Mary Todner in the chair, met at the Age UK building in Stockton Road. Joining residents were Louise Bolt, Amber Cliff and Chris Marshall, all Gentoo, plus St Michael’s Ward Councillors, Michael Dixon and Peter Wood. Various issues were discussed including parking, traffic and several matters relating to the Gentoo properties that were brought up by the residents. To celebrate the festive season a small buffet was laid on after the meeting.
Friends of Backhouse Park and Barley Mow Park celebrated a year of hard work which saw much progress made, many activities carried out and some very successful events having taken place, with a recent social gathering at the Chester’s Pub and Restaurant. A very enjoyable time was had by all, including an excellent meal, with residents and officers joined by St Michael’s ward Councillors Michael Dixon and Peter Wood. Chair Claire Wayman, arranged the next meeting for Tuesday, January 12, at 7pm at the usual venue, the Back on the Map Building, Toward Road/Villette Road.