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The Inner Wheel Club (wives and partners of Rotarians) celebrated its 67th birthday with an international meeting and lunch at the Hallgarth Manor Hotel, Pittington, where President Carole Edwards welcomed members and guests, including Inner Wheel District Chairman Margaret Compton and Rotary President Bernard Blacklock, who both brought the greetings of their respective clubs.Speaker was Chris Jackson, from BBC Newcastle, about the work of the BBC. He was thanked by vice-president Freda Dawson, of the Houghton Club.

There will be another popular quiz night with Page Hargrave at Shiney Row St Oswald’s Church hall at 7pm tomorrow. Admission will be £4, which includes supper.

Kepier Academy is to hold a summer fair on Sunday, July 10, from 11am-2pm, and is looking for businesses who may wish to have a stall on the day. There will also be a car boot sale. If anyone would like to book a space for either of these, please email s.van-lindon@kepier.com or telephone on 0191 5128960.

Harmony 4U will provide music and song entertainment for Houghton Older People’s Enterprise in the Methodists Church hall at 1pm on Thursday.

The next Ecumenical Prayer Breakfast by Churches Together in Houghton will be in St Michael’s Roman Catholic Church Centre from 8am-9.30am on Saturday. All denominations are welcome.

There will be a special coffee morning, including a stall for bedding plants as well as the usual cakes, at Trinity Methodist Church Shiney Row, from 9.30am on Saturday.

The next monthly craft fair to be held in the Welfare Hall of the sports complex from 10am-2pm will be on Saturday. Admission is free and refreshments will be available.

George Nairn will be given a presentation of Postcards of the First World War at Houghton and District Local History Group in St Michael’s Kepier Hall at 6.45pm on Thursday, May 26. Admission is £2, including light refreshments.

The Rector of St Michael and All Angels’ Parish Church, the Reverend Canon Sue Pinnington will be the speaker at the parish Mothers’ Union at 2pm on Monday, May 23, with Grave Talk. Visitors are welcome.

The next scheduled walks by the Sunderland Group of the Ramblers Association are on: Sunday, Sunderland Bridge Circular, meeting on the Sunderland Bridge at 10.30am with leader Mel Brown, phone 4165560 for details. Wednesday, May 25, Around the Kettons, Brafferton, meeting in the village and parking with consideration at 10.30am with leader David Strong, phone 01325 314586 or 07877 171719 for further details.

St Oswald’s Ladies’ Club, Shiney Row, will meet in the church hall at 7.30pm on Wednesday, May 25. Historian Norman Kirtlan will give an illustrated talk on Customs of the North East. Visitors are welcome.

Entertainment at East Rainton Friendship Club in the Hetton Community Hall was by the Rainbow Strummers, from Washington. The club summer outing will be to Skipton on Friday, June 24.

Circuit Deacon Esther Longe spoke to Houghton Methodist Tuesday Fellowship about The Ascension of Jesus and its importance to Christian beliefs.

At the Rotary Club, final arrangements were made for the President’s Night Dinner Dance at Ramside Hall Hotel on Friday, when around 10 guests are expected to attend. An unusual visitor to the club was a few weeks old puppy, which has been allocated to member Geoff Pratt for initial training to become a Guide Dog For The Blind. His name is Gunner and is being sponsored with a £5,000 donation from former Arsenal and Wales international David Thomas.

Valerie Nelson spoke to Houghton Methodist Women’s Fellowship about What’s in a name and the origin of certain Christian names.