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I would like to wish all contributors to the Grangetown and Ashbrooke, Down Your Way Column during the past year, a very happy Christmas and New Year. I look forward to hearing from you and any new organisations andgroups throughout 2016.

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, 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.

The next meeting for Friends of Backhouse Park and Barley Mow Park will commence on Tuesday, January 12, at 7pm at the usual venue, the Back on the Map Building, Toward Road and Villette Road.

The following services will be held at St Aidan’s Church, Ryhope Road: 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.

Yoga for Beginners is held on Thursdays in St Nicolas Church Hall, Queen Alexandra Road, from 10am to 11.30am, with a British Wheel of Yoga Teacher. Do not hesitate to contact Christine Reed on 07999524707 for details

Zumba classes take place at the Rosedene Pub, upstairs in the Function Room, every Tuesday from 7.15pm-8.15pm. Sessions cost £4 and everyone is welcome.For more information, contact Stephz Zumba on 07845699944.

A local Scout Group is looking for new members, both male and female, aged between six to 14 years old. Everyone is most welcome. The group meets in St George’s Church, Belvedere Road/Stockton Road on a Monday night from 6pm until 7-15pm. For further details please contact melling48@hotmail.com or telephone 0191 5657444 and leave a message.

The next meeting of Thornholme Residents’ Association will be on Monday, January 4, at Ashbrooke Sports Club, at 6pm.

The next Northumbria Police PACT meeting will be on Tuesday, January 5, at Auckland Homes, Hill View Road, at 6pm. Ward residents are most welcome to attend

There will be a Christingle celebration on Christmas Eve at St George’s Stockton Road Church at 6pm.

St Michael’s Residents’ Association held its annual Christmas gathering at Mamma Italia restaurant, Stannington Grove, enjoying an excellent meal and a friendly atmosphere. Residents were joined by ward Councillors, Michael Dixon, Margaret Forbes and Peter Wood. Chairman Bryan Tuddenham paid a warm tribute to Margaret Forbes, who after 33 years as St Michael’s Councillor, will be retiring in May and he presented her with some lovely flowers.

Rotary Club of Sunderland members organised Breakfast with Santa at Clays Garden Centre for 30 children from Sunningdale and Columbia Special Schools on Wednesday morning. After having something to eat and drink, they had an exciting visit from Santa and each received a present. Many of them spent a long time with Santa, having a good deal of fun. Throughout the session Ian Lowe, who is a whizz at making animals from balloons, gave each pupil one to take away. The club thanks Clay’s for its help. The club also gave their annual Christmas present to the young women from a unit associated with Wearside Women in Need. Over Christmas they are encouraged to decorate their living quarters and help produce festive food to enjoy. This is intended to bring Christmas joy to young women,which has often been missing in the earlier years. Members hope that the two large trolleys, full to the brim, will do the trick