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The Zazz Dance Academy at its theatre in Newbottle Street will be staging a Phil Collins tribute night at 7.30pm on Saturday, April 30. Tickets, costing £7.50, are available from the box office, on 5840764. There is a fully licensed bar.

Popular singer Caley Cares will be providing the entertainment at Houghton Older People’s Enterprise in the Methodists Church hall at 1pm on Thursday.

There will be a coffee morning with produce stalls and tombola in St Mary’s Church, West Rainton, from 10am-noon on Saturday. Admission is free.

The next walks by the Sunderland Group of the Ramblers’ Association are: Sunday, Esh Winning, meeting beside the Co-op at 10.30am with leader Dave Marshall, phone 4104922 for details. Wednesday, April 27, Chopwell Woods, meeting in Hamsterley Mill on the Derwent walk path at 10.30am with leader John Todd, phone 5171935.

Sunderland Historian Philip Curtis will speak to St Michael and All Angels’ Mothers’ Union about Life in the 1970s in Kepier Hall at 2pm on Monday, April 25.

The Gilpin Singers Church Ladies’ Choir will be having a social evening of music and entertainment in St Michael’s Kepier Hall at 7pm on Wednesday, April 27 . Admission is £3 including nibbles and tea or coffee. Take your own drinks as the licensed bar will not be available.

Shiney Row St Oswald’s Ladies’ Club meets at 7.30pm on Wednesday, April 27, when the speaker will be Ineria Kilner about her life as a young girl married to an Iraqi about to start her new life in Iraq. Guests are welcome.

Sharon Vincent will talk about The Mitford Sisters at Houghton District Local History Group in St Michael’s Kepier Hall at 6.45pm on Thursday, April 28. Admission is £2, including light refreshments.

Instead of the regular weekly meeting in Chilton Country Hotel, members of the Rotary Club visited the meeting of Easington and Peterlee Rotary Club at the Hardwick Manor Hotel to reciprocate a previous visit from the South Durham group.

At East Rainton Friendship Club, Paula Charlton gave an illustrated talk on Prickly Pets such as hedgehogs and other animals. Provisional arrangements were made for a summer coach outing in June to Skipton.

At Houghton Methodist Women’s Fellowship, Olive Overton gave a talk on Friendship and the need to keep old friends and take any opportunity to make new ones.

Speaker at Houghton Methodist Tuesday Fellowship was the Reverend Stephen Hill, assistant Circuit Minister, about the love of God for all people as shown in the “Gospel of St Paul.

Circuit Assistant Minister the Reverend Stephen Hall led a discussion at Sunniside Methodist Men’s Fellowship, based on Chapter 10 of St Luke’s Gospel, who appointed 70 people and sent them out in pairs to the towns and villages to heal the sick and tell them about the Kingdom of God.