The next Lovell Lecture will be held on Mononday, December 7, from 1pm-3pm at Donnison School, Church Walk. Speaker Jack Curtis will take a childhood journey through Christmas Past. Entrance is £2.50, members £2, which includes refreshments.
Sunderland Civic Society Christmas party takes place on Thursday, December 10, at St George’s Church hall, Stockton Road. Tickets are £8.50, which includes buffet and continuing talk about Holywood by Sharon Vincent. They are available from Pat Bell on 5284929.
Friends of Sunderland Museums (Fosums) Christmas party takes place on Saturday at 2pm in Sunderland Museum, Burdon Road. Speaker will be Fosums vice-president John Grundy on Celebrating the Buildings of Sunderland. Tickets are £7.50 to include buffet tea.
Antiquarians’ Christmas fair takes place on Saturday at 6 Duro Terrace (on Burdon Road, just past the junction with Park Road) from 10am-2pm. Stalls will include local history books and DVDs, gifts, jewellery, prints, chocolate tombola and homemade cakes, refreshments. Admission is free.
Book a Christmas tea party for you and your friends in Donnison School, which is a grade 11 listed building, on Friday. Tea is £7 per person. Ring 0191 565 4835 to book.
Ripples from the house on the shore is an exhibition to celebrate the work of bird artist Eric Ennion at Sunderland Museum until December 13.
Portraits from the North East – the work of a photographic collective, featuring North East people and celebrating their contribution to the life of the region – exhibition is being held at Sunderland Museum until Sunday.
There will be aVictorian Christmas Celebration at Donnison School on Saturday, December 12, from 11am-4m. There will be Victorian cream teas, homemade savoury pies, mince pies and mulled wine, homemade cakes and treats, raffle, tombola, local art, traditional crafts, children’s crafts including a visit by Father Christmas to his Grotto between noon and 1pm with a retro toy as a gift for the children he meets, £5 per head.Booking for this is essential, contact Joy Dagless on 0191 565 4835. Carol singers will be there later.
Foyle Street Writers meet weekly at Sunderland City Library on Thursdays from 10am-noon. Members share ideas and support fellow creative writers.
Sunderland Maritime Heritage is open to the public every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am-4pm, with free admission. It is also open on Saturdays especially for children interested in shipbuilding history. Go along to the visitor centre on Church Street East to see its extensive library and large scale replica of HMS Venerable and work recreating a double capstan, the like of which has not been seen on Wearside for more than 200 years.
Do you need advice on benefits and or debt? You can make an appointment in a range of community settings in Sunderland East with Shiney Advice and Resource Project (Sharp). Ring 03001231961, email firstname.lastname@example.org or log on to www.shineyadvice.org.uk.
A toddler group meets on Tuesdays at Sunderland Minster from 9.30am-11.30am. Refreshments are available.
Hendon Karate Club meets at Cheers publ on Wednesdays and Fridays from 6pm-7pm. For further details, ring 07932724720.
Sunderland Antiquarian Society Archives at the Sunderland Antiquarian and Heritage Centre, 6 Douro Terrace, are open for research on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10am-noon.