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Members of the Rotary Club had a most informative visit to the Maxim Brewery at Rainton Bridge to see the methods of production. It was followed by an excellent buffet supper accompanied by some of the brews. Thanks are expressed to Mark Anderson and the management team, especially for the donation of two cases of their products as prizes for the club’s next raffle for its community service funds.

Popular singer Caley Cares will provide the 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, Wall – north east of Hexham, meeting in the village at 10.30am with leader David Hann, phone 5120567 for details. The AGM will be held in Houghton Rugby Club, Dairy Lane, on Wednesday, October 28, after a short walk around Rainton Meadows meeting at the Rugby Club at 10.30am with leader John Gouge phone 5842034.

The Mothers’ Union at St Michael and All Angels’ Parish Church will be holding its harvest home supper in Kepier Hall at 6.30pm on Monday, with top class entertainment by Jeff Wright and Friends. Tickets are £5 by phoning 07557 125274.

Amy Nicholson, from Harbour Yarns, will give an illustrated talk to Shiney Row St Oswald’s Ladies’ Club at 7.30pm on Wednesday, October 28. Visitors are welcome.

The regular coffee morning and book sale at St Matthew’s Church hall, Newbottle, is on each Thursday from 9.30am to 11.30am. Go along for a coffee or tea and a friendly chat and find a bargain among the many good books available.

The regular coffee morning for shoppers in the town at the centrally situated Methodist Church hall is held on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays with the proceeds of Thursday being donated to a separate charity each week. There is also a short service of 20 minutes in the church at 10.30am on Thursdays for shoppers.

Ann Riding, from Hetton, spoke to Houghton Methodist Women’s Fellowship about the stories behind some of the most popular and well known “Psalms.”

At East Rainton Friendship Club retired school master Bernard Hope gave a talk on his teaching experiences entitled 40 years at the chalk face. The club is planning a November Christmas shopping trip to Leeds.

Circuit Superintendant Methodist Minister the Reverend Alf Waite spoke to Houghton Methodist Tuesday Fellowship about Holiday and Holy Days.

At the Inner Wheel Club in Rainton Meadows Information Centre Graeme Aldons, a noted trainer of sheepdogs, provided a talk and film about “Nell the sheepdog” shown in action and working.

Speaker at the Rotary Club was member Geoff Pratt with a hilarious short film from the 1950s, starring comedian Freddie Frinton as a drunken manservant in Dinner for One of 90th birthday for his mistress of a stately home with imaginary guests of her past life, which was then sold to Germany and has become a cult film shown in more than 10 Nordic countries every New Year’s Eve and has become the most frequently shown television film in the world. It is still a particular phenomenon in Germany.

At Sunniside Methodist Men’s Fellowship Jack Rowntree, from Penshaw, spoke about Miners and Methodism and the influence of mining communities on the growth and development of the movement.