Houghton - Down Your Way

Members of Kepier WI on a walk.
Members of Kepier WI on a walk.
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Members of the “41 Club”,, past Round Tablers, took a tour of St Benedict’s Hospice at the end of which chairman Alan Dickinson presented a cheque to hospice chairman Derek Moss for £2,500, which was half of the proceeds from the recent Houghton Beer Festival. The other half, £2,500, will be going to the Great North Air Ambulance at a date to be confirmed.

Kepier WI members  took part in Wetherspoons Charity Craft Fair.

Kepier WI members took part in Wetherspoons Charity Craft Fair.

Maurice Baren will talk to the Houghton Older People’s Enterprise about Britain in Bloom in the Methodist Church hall at 1pm on Thursday.

During the summer break Kepier WI members have enjoyed several organised activities including a walk around Hetton Lakes on a lovely sunny day and taking in morning coffee and lunch. Members also took part in Wetherspoons Charity Craft Fair selling homemade baking and crafts. The next meeting will be in Kepier Hall on Thursday, September 1, at 1.30pm when the speaker will be Andrea Batey on Police Helicopters. New members are welcome.

The regular monthly craft fair in the Welfare Hall of the Sports Complex will take place on Saturday from 10am to 2pm with free admission and refreshments available.

Houghton and District Rambling Club will be walking around Allensford on Sunday. Details of time and meeting place from leader John Roughtledge on 5286966 or secretary John Conder on 3856551.

Members of Houghton U3A on an outing to Kendal.

Members of Houghton U3A on an outing to Kendal.

There will be an “At Home” in St Andrew’s Church Vicarage, Chilton Moor, residence of Houghton St Michael’s curate the Reverend Bryony Taylor, including tea, cakes and a raffle with proceeds for the “Space 4” church project, based on the ground floor of the library building in Newbottle Street, from 3pm to 6pm on Wednesday, August 24. All are welcome.

The Sunderland Group of the Ramblers’ Association will be taking an eight-mile circular route from St John’s Chapel on Wednesday, August 24, parking in the car park on the east side of the village, and meeting in the village square at 10.30am with leader David Hann. Phone 5120567 for details.

At the meeting of Houghton and District Local History Group in St Michael’s Kepier Hall at 6.45pm on Thursday, August 25 there will be a DVD showing Bygone Days in North East England. Entry is £2 including light refreshments.

Speaker at the Rotary Club was member Bob Hodgson, pictured, who entitled his talk Rotary The World Over, which is the closing toast at Rotary Club meetings, about his visits when on holiday around the world to huge clubs in America, where Rotary started, with up to 400 members and much smaller clubs on Caribbean Islands and smaller counties with only a few members and their contributions to their communities, and received warm welcomes everywhere in the true spirit of Rotary Fellowship.

Bob Hodgson.

Bob Hodgson.

Age UK Sunderland Lunch Club, sponsored by Gentoo Aspire Grant, is held in Philadelphia Cricket Club every Wednesday from 11am to 1.30pm. A two-course meal plus bingo, costs £6. New members are welcome and transport is available. For more information, call Karen McKinney on 526 9274. Age UK Sunderland also has many other lunch clubs throughout the Houghton area.

Houghton University of the Third Age (U3A) arranges activities for people who are retired or semi-retired. Monthly meetings are every third Tuesday in the month. The next one is today from 2pm to 4pm in Houghton Welfare Hall, Brinkburn Crescent. The topic is Hollywood Musicals by Sharon Vincent. Admission is £2 including tea and biscuits.Further details from Bill Milburn on 0191 5844677.