The final inspection of the area by the judges of the Northumbria in Bloom 2016 competition will be on Thursday, July 21, starting on Houghton Broadway at 9.30am, finishing in the afternoon in Hetton. Judging is to Royal Horticultural Society standards and both areas are hopeful of retaining the top gold category achieved over recent years.
It was Handover Night at the Rotary Club for its new year starting on July 1, when outgoing president Bernard Blacklock passed the chain of office on to Iain Anderson with best wishes for his year and Iain reciprocated with thanks to Bernard for his outstanding leadership during his year and presented him with his past president’s jewel. Ashley Burland and John Kerry continue as secretary and treasurer and were also thanked for their work.
There will be a concert in St Michael and All Angles’ Parish Church at 7pm on Friday by Houghton Area Youth Band, also featuring guest artists and the Northern Youth Choir. Admission is £4.
Houghton Older People’s Enterprise will be treated to another Night At The Movies by Craig, with the film yet to be named, at their meeting in the Methodist Church hall at 1pm on Thursday.
The regular monthly craft fair in the Welfare Hall of the Sports Complex is from 10am to 2pm on Saturday. Refreshments will be available.
The summer fair at St Mary’s Church, West Rainton, is from 2pm on Saturday with the usual wide variety of stalls, raffle, tombola and refreshments.
All Saints’ Church, Penshaw Village, will be serving strawberry teas for £4 in old Penshaw Village Hall between 3pm and 5pm on Sunday. Other stalls will also be available.
Fred The Singer will be entertaining at a pie and peas supper in Newbottle Workingmen’s Club at 7pm on Saturday. Admission is £5. Proceeds towards a new bell for St Matthew’s Church.
The next walks by the Sunderland Group of the Ramblers’ Association are: Sunday, Cotherstone, meeting in the village at 10.30am with leader David Hann, phone 512 0567 for further details: Wednesday, July 20, Beamish Two meeting in Eden Place car park at 10.30am with leaders Gillian and Bill Darbyshire, phone 417 2797.
Houghton U3A arranges activities for people who are retired or semi-retired. Monthly meetings are every third Tuesday in the monthwith the next one onTuesday, July 19, from 2pm to 4pm in Houghton Welfare Hall, Brinkburn Crescent. The topic is Andrew’s Journey by Margaret Robinson. Admission is £2 including tea and biscuits. Further details from Bill Milburn on 0191 584 4677.