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Age UK is now represented in the Houghton and Hetton areas by Karen McKinney, who is mostly based in the Metcalfe Centre at the Four Lane Ends in Hetton. She can be reached on 5269274 or 07889 812780, but has drop in sessions on Mondays in the Hetton Centre from 9am to noon, Tuesday mornings in Houghton Library from 9.30am to noon, and Thursdays on alternate weeks in the Shiney Row Library from 2.30pm to 4.30pm.

The Houghton Feast annual “Queen of Eventide” tea with entertainment by Sue Cassidy will be held in the Welfare Hall from 2pm to 3.30pm on Wednesday, September 30, with doors open at 1.30pm.Tickets costings £3 and other details are available from Karen on the above phone numbers.

The Round Table is again organising the annual Houghton Feast Carnival Parade on Saturday, October 3, and under current regulations all participants must be registered in advance. New floats would be most welcome to assemble in the car park at the rear of the library at 1.30pm for a 2pm start through Houghton Town Centre, with walking groups ending in Rectory Park and vintage and classic vehicles into the car park at Kepier Academy School where they can be viewed by the public. Further information and details from John Price at White Field, Gillas Lane East, Houghton, or phone 5846726.

Ron Spence with Song and Guitar will provide the entertainment at Houghton Older People’s Enterprise in the Methodists Church hall at 1pm on Thursday.

Shiney Row St Oswald’s will be holding a Broth and Bun Night at 7pm on Friday with broth, bun, bakewell slice and tea or coffee. Proceeds will go towards the provision of a portable defibrillator with free training provided to volunteers by the Northumbrian Ambulance Service.

The Ecumenical Prayer Breakfasts by Churches Together in Houghton resume in the Bethany Christian Centre on Hetton Road from 8am to 9.30am on Saturday. All denominations welcome.

The next monthly craft fair in the Welfare Hall of the Sports Complex is from 10am to 2pm on Saturday with free admission. Refreshments will be available.

The Houghton Horticultural Show takes place in the Welfare Hall on Sunday from 10am to 5pm with free admission.

Houghton and District Rambling Club will be walking around Allendale on Sunday. Details of the time and meeting place from leader K Hardy, phone 5842073, or secretary John Condor, 3856551.

The Saint Michael’s Parish Mothers’ Union Overseas Night will be held in the Kepier Hall at 7pm on Tuesday, September 22, with entertainment by Take Ye Back.Admission is £2.50.

The Sunderland Group of the Ramblers ‘Association will be walking the Brussleton Circular on Wednesday, September 23, meeting in the car park of the Royal Oak Pub at 10.30am with leader David Strong phone 07837 171710 or 01325 314586 for details.

Speaker at Shiney Row Ladies’ Club at 7.30pm on Wednesday, September 23’ will be Freda Thompson’ who will talk about Mr Graingers Marker. Guests are most welcome.

There will be a coffee morning in aid of the Macmillan Nurses in Shiney Row St Oswald’s at 10am on Wednesday, September 23.

The next meeting of the Houghton and District Local History Group will be in St Michael’s Kepier Hall at 6.45pm on Thursday, September 24, when Sharon Vincent will talk about Emily Wilding Davison. Admission is £2 including light refreshments.

The AGM of the Friends of the Historic Hillside Cemetery is in St Michael and All Angels’ Parish Church on Thursday, September 24, with refreshments at 7pm and business starting promptly at 7.30pm.

Members of Houghton Methodists Tuesday Fellowship celebrated the 90th birthday of colleague Ike Cowler at the re-opening of their new season’s activities.

At the Rotary Club monthly business meeting in the Chilton Country Hotel duty rotas were produced and other arrangements discussed for the annual traditional ox-roasting at Houghton Feast.

Speaker at the Inner Wheel Club in Rainton Meadows Information Centre was Chapman Marshall on Newcastle Choral Society.

Houghton Metodist Women’s Fellowship started its new season with a service of sacrament conducted by Circuit Superintendent Minister the Reverend Alf Waite.