Houghton - Down Your Way

Elliott Longridge, James Hoban and Jacob Hoban, from East Rainton Karate Club, with the trophies they won at a recent Northern Karate Association competition.
Elliott Longridge, James Hoban and Jacob Hoban, from East Rainton Karate Club, with the trophies they won at a recent Northern Karate Association competition.
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The 2016 annual celebrity concert by Shiney Row Male Voice Choir in Ewesley Road Methodist Church will be at 7pm on Saturday, April 23, featuring the North East top soloist guest mezzo soprano Kath Ireland. As this show is a regular sell out early booking is advised and tickets, costing £6 each, are now obtainable from the choir treasurer on 0191 3403242.

The entertainment for Houghton Older People’s Enterprise, which will meet in the Methodist Church hall at 1pm on Thursday, has the unusual listing of “Tax, Care and Toy Boys”.

The next Ecumenical prayer breakfast by Churches Together in Houghton will be in St Michael’s Kepier Hall from 8am-9.30am on Saturday.

The regular monthly craft fair in the Welfare Hall of the sports complex will be from 10am-2pm on Saturday with free admission and refreshments available.

Houghton and District Rambling Group will be walking around Ravenstonedale on Sundaywith leader M Brown. The coach will leave the Broadway in front of St Michael’s Parish Church at 8.30am. Further details from secretary John Conder on 3856551.

Elliott Longridge, James Hoban, Jacob Hoban who achieved a multitude of trophies in the recent N.K.A competiton coming first in kata and fighting. They represented East Rainton Karate Club which met at East Primary School , School Rd, which met on a Friday 8:00-8:45. They train at Dumire British Legion , Britannia terrace on Monday 6:30-7:30 and Thursday 8:00-8:45. If you wish to join a club near you just call in to one of our sessions or contact Paul on: 07842436675.

Houghton U3A (University of the 3rd Age) is holding its AGM in the Welfare Hall of the sports complex at 2pm on Tuesday, April 19, and all members are urged to attend for the conduct of the business. The meeting will be followed by a talk from Sunderland Historian Philip Curtis on Life in the 1960s.Further details from Bill Milburn on 5844677 or google Houghton-le-SpringU3A.

The Sunderland Group of the Ramblers’ Association will be walking The Edmundbyers to Derwent Reservoir Circular, meeting in the village at 10.30am on Wednesday, April 20, with leader David Hann. Phone 5120567 for details.

Speaker at Houghton Methodist Women’s Fellowship was Ros Pickersgill about the significance of the life of Joseph of Arimethea in the Christian religion.

Marion Frame, from the Bethany Christian Centre, spoke to Sunniside Methodist Women’s Fellowship about her early life in a mining family in Dumfries and the influence on her future life of her strong devout Christian miner father.

Speaker at the Rotary Club was Anne Scott, from Elvet Methodist Church, Durham, with an illustrated talk about Cambodia new Hope, an organisation set up to help deprived children to become self sufficient after the disastrous government by dictator Pol Pot by building a school, living accommodation and cultivation of bananas and rice for sale for further funds. President Bernard Blacklock presented a donation from the club towards the project.

National champions Houghton Brass Band are staging a St George’s Day concert in Hetton Workmen’s Club (The Big Club) at 7.30pm on Thursday, April 21. Tickets are £4, which includes a pie and peas supper. For further details and to book, contact Bob Weirs on 5844887.