Houghton - Down Your Way

Rotary members, left to right, Bob Hodgson, Len Aitchison and Alan Dickinson were finalist in the quoits competition held at Bowburn Hall Hotel.
Rotary members, left to right, Bob Hodgson, Len Aitchison and Alan Dickinson were finalist in the quoits competition held at Bowburn Hall Hotel.
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Philadelphia Cricket and Community Club is presenting its annual Beer and Music Festival with a wide range of drinks and a variety of entertainment on Friday from 4.30pm to 11pm. Tickets are £5 including one free drink, and Saturday and Sunday from noon to late evening with tickets £10, including three free drinks and there is also a weekend ticket for £20, which includes seven free drinks. Tickets and information from Paul, phone 07790 094116.

Shiney Row St Oswald’s is holding its annual strawberry fair with teas in the grounds or the church hall from 2.30pm on Friday, July 8, for £2. Home or office deliveries can also be made with bookings from Sylvia on 3854815.

Jean Shotton will talk about Communication Skills at Houghton Older People’s Enterprise in the Methodist Church hall at 1pm on Thursday.

Houghton Racecourse Community Association will be serving tea and scones in the centre from 3pm on Friday with proceeds for the Marie Curie charity funds. All are welcome.

The next 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. Residents are invited to raise and discuss any relevant topics.

The Friends of the Historic Hillside Cemetery are holding their annual open day on Saturday including conducted tours. Further details of times and programme from secretary Janice Short on 07940 588119.

The Sunderland Group of the Ramblers’ Association will be walking around the Morpeth Circular on Sunday. Park in the town car park and meet at the bridge in Bridge Street at 10.30am with leader Gordon Lindsley, phone 5202152 for details. On Wednesday, July 6, the walk is from Kildale, meeting in the village at 10.30am with leader Brian Myers, on 01642 313446.

Instead of their regular weekly meeting in the Chilton Country Hotel, Rotary Club members enjoyed a quoits competition in the delightful setting of the gardens at Bowburn Hall Hotel, including a steak pie supper.The competition ended in a three man final with Alan Dickinson winning from Len Aitchison and Bob Hodgson.

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, July 12.

Houghton Methodist Women’s Fellowship ended their season with a strawberry tea, and a planning meeting for their restarting of activities in September.

President Carole Edwards welcomed members and friends of the Inner Wheel Club to the annual president’s lunch in the Hallgarth Manor Hotel to round off her year of office. Freda Dawson will take over as president from July 1, with Carole taking up the position of secretary and Valerie Whitfield continues as club treasurer.

Houghton Methodist Tuesday Fellowship rounded off its year with a fish and chips supper delivered into the church hall and will resume their activities in September.