Another successful Herrington village show was held at the Scout Hut, Crow Lane, Middle Herrington.
The vegetables and flowers were impressive and there were some stunning pot plants. Cookery entries were up and the craft section required additional space on previous years. The sugarcraft caused amazement with its artistry and detail. Sunderland Embroiderers’ Guild occupied the whole of the renovated stable block and put on a magnificent display, which included the starting of a Wearmouth Bridge tapestry. All the entries in the children’s section gained prizes although there are still two to collect. Ladies of the local Women’s Institute and Townswomen’s Guild served cream teas with the scones having been baked and donated by retired baker and confectioner Alf Carney, a big supporter of the show. The show group is an ad hoc committee of representatives who will meet in January to plan the 2016 show. Any group or individual wanting to help keep the village show tradition alive should contact the show chairman.
Fresh Start Community Cafe, at the Jubilee Centre, Allendale Road, is hosting a Macmillan Coffee Morning on Thursday, September 24, between 10am and 2pm. Donations would be welcome, but please contact the centre by the Thursday at 9.30am if you are planning to do so. For more details, contact Lorna on 0191 5228447.
The next Sunderland South Forum meeting will be on Wednesday, September 23, in the Jubilee Centre, Allendale Road, at 1pm (12.30pm light buffet). This will be the AGM. All are welcome. For more information, contact Lorna on 019 5228447.
On September 3, Tyne and Wear South Women’s Institute members from Fulwell, Tunstall, Herrington, Cleadon, Ewesley Road, Mowbray and Ryhope all congregated at Sunderland Interchange to meet up with members from North of the Federation for the outing to the Centennial Fair in Harrogate. On arrival members broke off into smaller groups to visit their particular points of interest, which ranged from cookery demos, travel talks, craft displays and a talk by Kate Adie on how The First World War was fundamental in changing everyone’s perception of how women could hold their own, be it on the farm, in the armaments factory and even driving some of the most cumbersome vehicles which were just emerging at that time. All agreed a it was a great day out. Members are now looking forward to their afternoon tea celebration at Beamish Hall tomorrow, Centennial Day.
Anchor Housing Oakfield Court, East Herrington, is holding a Macmillan Coffee Morning on Friday, September 25, from 9.30am to noon. There will also be lots of activities including spin the wheel, guess the sweets in the bottle, domino cards and many hampers to be won.
Lakeside Residents’ Association held its fourth AGM. Among the guests were Sunderland Mayor Coun Cullen, who congratulated committee members on all their hard work in supporting their estate and Gentoo CEO Peter Walls, who said he was delighted to be invited. The chairman gave an update on the association telling those present that since beginning in 2011 with only £200, the association has over the past four years paid out in prize money from the weekly draw £50,000 and £2,000 in free prizes, and it has organised outings for more than 800 residents. Pictured is Maureen Davison, who the chairman presented with gifts on her retirement. Mrs Davison was one of the first five residents to help form the association in 2011, also pictured are Gentoo Art of Living coordinator Ann Donkin and Lakeside councillor Stuart Porthouse, who have supported the association throughout.
The AGM of Sunderland Embroiderers’ Guild will take place in St Aidan’s Parish Centre, New Herrington, on Saturday at 2pm. The hall will be open from 12.30pm for those members who wish to stitch. The AGM will be followed by a friendship tea for which contributions would be most welcome.