Houghton - Down Your Way

Colin Hill receiving his 45 years service award in Rotary.
Colin Hill receiving his 45 years service award in Rotary.
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SHINEY Row Male Voice Choir is looking forward to the new season and is holding an open night in Trinity Methodist Church hall at 7pm on Friday ,September 4.

New members, who do not necessarily have previous singing experience, are welcome to joing. The new programme of concerts will be confirmed shortly. Further details from secretary Ron Wilson on 527 9734.

THE regular coffee mornings at Houghton Methodist Church continue throughout the summer holiday period on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings with the proceeds for the Thursday being devoted each week for a specific charity and the others for church funds. There is also a short 20-minute quiet service for shoppers in the town at 10.30am on Tuesdays.

AT St Matthew’s Church hall, Newbottle, there is a coffee morning and booksale each Thursday from 9.30am-11.30am with many good books available at modest cost for church funds.

BIG River Ukes will provide the musical entertainment at Houghton Older People’s Enterprise in the Methodist Church hall at 1pm on Thursday.

THE next walks by the Sunderland group of the Ramblers Association are: Sunday, Longhorsley, meeting at the local football ground at 10.30am with leader David Marshall, phone 4104922 for details. Wednesday, September 2, Cold Heseldon, meeting at the Pemberton Arms public house at 10.30am, with leader David Hann, phone 5120567.

AT the Rotary Club, president Bernard Blacklock welcomed the District Governor of 1030 North East, Terry Long, from Alnwick Rotary Club on his official visit. Terry, a Yorkshireman, started his Rotary service in Halifax before moving to the North East and took as his theme Proud To Be A Rotarian, because of all the movements’ achievements throughout the world, including the eradication of polio. He congratulated the Houghton club on its record of service to the local community supporting schools, senior citizens, music and other worthy causes and the unique traditional ox-roasting at Houghton Feast. As Rotary Clubs generally have a high average age, attention should be given to recruiting more younger members, possibly by forming satellite clubs attached to the main club. The longest serving member of the Houghton Club, Colin Hill, was presented with his 45 years of service citation by the District Governor to the acclaim of his colleagues.