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Sunderland Civic Society will meet on Thursday at Age UK building in Stockton Road near the Interchange. Speaker Kirsty Curry will talk about the Sunderland Bid. Refreshments will be served at 6.10pm for 7pm start, (please note time). Visitors are welcome, pay £1 at the door.

Sunderland Antiquarian Society’s next meeting at St George’s United Reformed Church, on the corner of Stockton Road and Belvedere Road, will be on Tuesday, September 15, at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7.15pm. Speaker Phil Curtis will talk about Sunderland in 1966. All are welcome. Car park at Gorse Road (free from 6pm) Civic Centre car park is also close by.

Book an afternoon tea for you and your friends (six or over) in Donnison School, which is a grade II listed building, and visit its award-winning Victorian garden. Ring 0191 565 4835 to book.

Can you play badminton? New players are welcome at the Raich Carter Centre on Wednesdays from 8pm-9.30pm. For more details, contact Carol on 5220909 or Susan on 5288031.

A friendly bridge club is looking for new members. The club meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1pm to 4.30pm in the lounge of Beaumont Lodge, Toward Road. For further information, ring 5971941.

Hendon Karate group meets in Cheers public house onWednesdays and Fridays from 6pm to 7pm. For further details, ring 07932724720.

An exhibition, featuring Canaletto’s A Regatta on the Grand Canal, which is on loan from the National Gallery, is on display until Sunday at Sunderland Museum.The Art gallery is on level two.

Hendon Community Association, Seafarers Way, Moor Terrace, runs a drop-in luncheon club on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8.30am to 3.30pm. Bingo is held on Mondays from 6.30pm to 9.30pm (over 18s). For further information, ring 0191 5655648.

Sunderland Maritime Heritage is open to the public every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am to 4pm. Admission is free. Go along to the visitor centre on Church Street East to see volunteers building an oak cabin for the Willdora: the Dunkirk Little ship being restored by the charity. There is also a museum full of books and artifacts relating to Sunderland’s shipbuilding history and you will be alble to see the large scale replica of HMS Venerable. Go along have a look, have a bit crack, who knows you may want to volunteer yourself. All are welcome.

Sunderland Antiquarian and Heritage Centre, 6 Douro Terrace, is open for research tomorrow from 10am-noon and Saturday from 9.30am-noon.