Houghton - Down Your Way

Members of the Rotary Club of Houghton preparing to welcome guests to the Senior Citizens Christmas Party and Concert.
Members of the Rotary Club of Houghton preparing to welcome guests to the Senior Citizens Christmas Party and Concert.
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Houghton Rotary Club held its annual concert and tea for senior citizens in St Michael’s Kepier Hall with a good attendance despite the serious weather, which started just before the event.

Houghton Area Youth Band, under the direction of Glynis Smith, provided an excellent programme of seasonal music and thanks are due to Rotarian Geoff Pratt and his wife Jeanne for the organisation of the food, plus other members who helped to serve and clear up. The party was much enjoyed by all those who attended.

The next scheduled surgery by Shiney Row councillors Anne Lawson, Mel Speding and Geoff Walker, will be in Trinity Methodist Church hall from 10am to 11am on Saturday, January 2.

The Sunderland Group of the Ramblers’ Association will have its next walks on:

Wednesday, January 6 , meeting in the main car park of Sunderland ski slope at 10.30am with leader Gordon Lindlsey, phone 5202152 for details.

Wednesday, January 13, meeting in the Hetton Lyons Country Park car park at 10.30am with leader John Roughtledge, phone 5286966.

Gilpin Women’s Institute will hold its first meeting of the new year in St Michael’s Kepier Hall at 1.30pm on Thursday, January 7, when the speaker will be Sunderland Historian Philip Curtis with an illustrated talk on the area in the 1950s and 1960s.

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, January 12.

Houghton Methodist Womens Fellowship members ended their year with a carol service followed by tea and mince pies. The club is now closed until Wednesday, January 20.

The Rotary Club wound up its year with a Christmas meal and party at the Beamish Hall Hotel with entertainment provided by a Houghton Brass Band Quintet with carols and seasonal music and topical quizzes. The annual carol service held at St Barnabas’s Church, Burnmoor, followed by inviting the parishioners to mulled wine and mince pies in the church.

Chairman Brian Shearer entertained his colleagues at Sunniside Methodist Men’s Fellowship with a programme of songs from the shows and seasonal music.

The club is now closed and will resume on Wednesday, January 6, with a meal out at a restaurant yet to be confirmed.

East Rainton Friendship Club members ended their season with a traditional Christmas meal, catered in by J and S, from Burnmoor. There were numerous raffle prizes, too many to list.

Entertainment was provided by popular vocalist Paul Vincent.

Sunniside Methodist Women’s Fellowship ended their year with a carol service, led by Jean Shotton. Members will resume their activities on Tuesday, January 12.

Finally, on a personal note, may I thank all who have contributed to this column and I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a healthy and peaceful new year.