Houghton - Down Your Way

Members of Gilpin WI in period costume at the centenary celebrations held at Beamish Museum.
Members of Gilpin WI in period costume at the centenary celebrations held at Beamish Museum.
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Members of the Gilpin Women’s Institute attended the regional celebration at Beamish Museum of the centenary of the National WI Movement in period dress. At their next meeting in St Michael’s Kepier Hall at 1.30pm on Thursday, October 1, the speaker will be antiques expert and television personality David Harper. Guests are welcome.

Members of Chilton Moor WI also enjoyed the celebrations and completed the centenary challenge by visiting 25 other WI Clubs.At their recent meeting guest speaker was Mike Duffy, from Durham Cathedral, who spoke about the history, work and activities at the Cathedral.

Ron Young (right) being interviewed by Cliff Gaines for the Rotary's version of Desert Island Discs.

Ron Young (right) being interviewed by Cliff Gaines for the Rotary's version of Desert Island Discs.

Houghton Art Club is organising the 2015 Feast art competition, kindly sponsored by John Murphy and Sons, with first prize £50, second prize £25, third prize £15. In the walk in centre on Saturday and Sunday October 10/11, amateur artists and members of art clubs within the Borough of Sunderland can enter one painting which must be strung, at a fee of £3, and all responsible for their own insurance. Paintings can be taken to the art club meetings in the Welfare Hall on Thursdays from 7pm to 9pm by October 8 or drop-offs can be arranged by contacting Alison Davis on 5841092 or email ali.davis@talktalk.net for further details.

Congratulations to Houghton and Hetton overall for retaining their gold awards at the Northumberland in Bloom presentations in Berwick by former MP Sir Alan Beith. Sectional award winners were: Large Town – Houghton and Hetton as above. Business Parks – Rainton Bridge, Gold. Care Homes – Whitby Rise, Houghton, Silver Guilt. Religious Establishments – St Michael and All Angels, Houghton, Silver. Conservation Projects – Herrington Country Park, Gold, Hetton Lyons Country Park, Gold, Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve, Gold. Parks – Rectory Park, Houghton, Silver Guilt. Private Gardens – Alan White, Hetton, Gold.Residential Communities – Bob Heron Allotment, Houghton, Gold.

There will be a coffee morning for the Macmillan Nurses Fund in the village hall in Penshaw at 10.30am tomorrow. Admission is £1, including coffee and biscuits. There will be a homemade cake stall and raffle.

There will be another Trip to the Cinema with the Reverend Alf Waite at Houghton Older People’s Enterprise in the Methodists Church at 1pm on Thursday.

The Space 4 Project of St Michael and All Angels Parish Church will be holding a concert with the return of the Trireme Trio (Plus) at 7.30pm on Friday. Tickets are £5 including refreshments.Booking and further details from Christine Britcliffe on 07517 450672 or call in at the centre on the ground floor of Newbottle Street library.

The next walks by the Sunderland Group of the Ramblers’ Association are: Sunday, Blanchland meeting in the village car park at 10.30am with leader David Hann, phone 5120567 for details. Wednesday, September 30, a linear walk from Roker Blockyard to South Shields meeting with leader John Gouge at 10.30am at the Blockyard and remember to take your bus passes for the return journey. There is no walk planned for October 7.

St Michael and All Angels’ Church will celebrate its Patronal Festival, which is the start to the religious part of Houghton Feast, with a parish Eucharist service at 10am on Sunday, followed by a festival lunch at noon in Chilton Country Hotel.

The Reverend Bryony Taylor, curate at St Michael’s Parish Church, will be giving a talk about Working with Children to the parish Mothers’ Union at 2pm on Monday, September 28, in Kepier Hall. Visitors are welcome.

Sandra Ellis gave a talk with excellent slides about Parks and Gardens around the country at East Rainton Friendship Club in Hetton Community Hall.

At the Rotary Club member Cliff Gaines presented another Desert Island Discs programme with music and songs chosen by Ron Young.

Sunniside Methodist Men’s Fellowship started its new season with a talk by Colin Orr, from Silksworth, about Schooling during the Second World War.