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The Field of Remembrance at St Michael and All Angels’ Parish Church, which had a meaningful and moving formal opening last year, will this year be opened at 11am on Wednesday, October 21, with a short service, followed by an opportunity for people to add poppy crosses to the field. Tea and coffee will be served in the church after the service. The annual Remembrance Service will be at 10.15am on Sunday, November 8.

The chairman and members of the Round Table wish to thank the people who were at the opening carnival parade at Hougthon Feast for their contribution to the collection alongside, which raised £611 and will be used to support the Round Table Local Community Service Projects.

At Houghton Older People’s Enterprise in the Methodist Church hall at 1pm on Thursday, Lena Inch will continue Her Story followed by a 20 favourite jokes and music and films by one of the members.

The next Ecumenical Prayer Breakfast by Churches Together will be in St Michael’s Kepier hall from 8am to 9.30am on Saturday. All denominations are welcome.

Zumba fitness classes are run every Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm to party yourself into shape at Newbottle Workingmen’s Club, with class instructor Marie-Louise Roberts. Sessions cost £3.50.

Bill Hiley will be presenting another stamp collectors’ fair in the Dairy Lane Bowling Club with opportunities for valuations and sales from 10am to 4pm on Saturday. Further details from Bill on 3855225.

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

Easington Photographic Group will be in St Mary’s Church hall, West Rainton, from 1pm to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday to restore your prints and purchase is available. Admission is free and light refreshments are also available.

Houghton and District Ramblers’ Club will be walking around Wolsingham on Sunday’. Details of time and meeting place from leader T Wilkinson on 5842488 or secretary John Conder on 3856551.

The next meeting of Houghton U3A (University of the Third Age) will be in the Welfare hall from 2pm to 4pm on Tuesday, October 20, when the speaker will be from the Mines Rescue Station with a talk on first aid. New members are welcome.Further details from Bill or Lilian Milburn on 5844677.

The next walk for the Sunderland Group of the Ramblers ‘Association is around New Kyo, meeting at the Fry Inn Fish Shop at 10.30am on Wednesday, October 21, with leader David Marshall. Phone 4104922 for details.

The next concert in the Master Musicians International series at St Michael and All Angels’ Parish Church is at 7.30pm on Thursday October 22, given by Stefan Cassomenos, a pianist from Greece, with music by Beethoven, Brahams, Legati and Rachmaninoff. Admission is £8.

Sunderland historian Philip Curtis will give an illustrated talk about Life In The 1970s at the next meeting of the Local History Group in St Michael’s Kepier hall at 6.45pm on Thursday, October 22. Admission is £2 including refreshments and visitors are most welcome.

At the fifth Wednesday dinner of the Rotary Club with wives and friends, in the Chilton Country Hotel, the speaker was Lynn Aitchison (wife of Rotarian Len) about the multi-national education project in the West End of Newcastle, set up in 2008 to include international children and non-English speakers as well as local British and the encouraging progress that has been made. Instead of their regular weekly meeting in the Chilton Club, members had an enjoyable night at the Maxim Brewery at Rainton Bridge with a tour of the production, a buffet supper, accompanied by samples of the brews on offer.

At Sunnsideside Methodist Women’s Fellowship Doreen Blackwell, from Murton Methodists, spoke about the role and influence of women through religious history and the formation and upkeep of the principles.

Ros Pickersgill, a reader from St Michael and All Angels’ Parish Church spoke to Houghton Methodist Women’s Fellowship about Rector Bernard Gilpin and the origins of Houghton Feast.

Sunderland Historian Philip Curtis spoke to Sunniside Methodists Men’s Fellowship with illustrations of Sunderland in 1966.

Chris Stephen, a chaplain at Sunderland AFC and other establishments, spoke about his work to Houghton Methodist Tuesday fellowship.