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Houghton Brass Band will be representing the northern area at the National Finals at Cheltenham this month as a result of their wining first prize at four major contests.

Prior to the Cheltenahm Festival they will be performing a concert in Hetton Workingmens’ Club at 7.30pm on Thursday, September 10, with tickets costing £5, including a pie and peas supper. Please go along to support this highly successful band which is part of our Community Hertiage. Further information and bookings from Bob Weirs, phone 0191 5844887.

The recently formed Houghton-le-Spring U3A (University of the Third Age) already has seven sectional groups successfully running. So if you are retired, semi-retired or with time to occupy, why not join the organisation and make new friends at the next meeting in the Welfare Hall of the Sport Complex which is from 2pm-4pm on Tuesday, September 15.

More information from Bill or Lillian Milburn, on 0191 5844677.

Instead of the regular meeting in the Methodist Church hall on Thursday, Houghton Older People’s Enterprise will be having an outing with Weardale Coaches leaving the Broadway, in front of St Michael’s Parish Church at 9.15am for Thirsk for a two-course meal with coffee and then on to Helmsley.

At 7.30pm on Friday in St Mary’s Church, West Rainton, there will be a concet featuring Mun Ying and the Banbridge String Consort from Taiwan, with a programme of popular classical music.

Admission is £5 at the door, including wine and nibbles.

There will be an extended coffee morning with light refreshment, homemade produce and raffle from 10am to 1pm on Saturday in St Michael And All Angels’ Parish Church, with proceeds for the South Aisle Roof Repair Fund where work has now started.

The next surgery by Shiney Row Councillors, Anne Lawson, Mel Speding and Geoff Walker, is from 10am-11am on Saturday in Trinity Methodist Church hall.

There is an Everything Must Go sale at Shiney Row St Oswald’s Church hall at 10am on Saturday, including bric-a-brac, toys, books, children’s and adult clothing, with a new selection of quality clothing to tempt you.

Houghton and District Ramblers’ Club will be walking around Bolton Abbey on Sunday 6, with the coach leaving the Broadway in front of St Michael’s Parish Church at 8.30am.

Further details from leader Dennis Borley on 0191 492 0029 or secretary John Conder 0191 385 6551.

The Mothers’ Union Deanery Festival will be held at St Matthew’s Church, Newbottle at 2pm on Monday, September 7, concluding with light refreshments after the programme.

The next meeting of the members of the Friends of Rectory Park will be in the community room of St Michael’s Kepier hall at 7pm on Tuesday, September 8.

The Sunderland group of the Ramblers’ Association will be walking around Elwick, meeting at 10.30am on Wednesday, September 9, at the Spotted Cow public house with leader Gordon Lindsley, phone 0191 5202152 for details.

AT the Rotary Club, vice-president Iain Anderson, who retired last year from his optician’s practice in Houghton, gave an interesting talk to his colleagues about his training as an optometrist and his work in various jobs before Houghton and the development over the years of the large national groups to the decline of smaller individual practices.

Iain served on many groups including the National Council where he received thanks for his contribution to the organisation’s work on the professional standards, and said that he had enjoyed his career helping people most of whom were grateful with only a small percentage who were not.