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In our previous report on the next meeting of the Members of the Friends of Rectory Park, the date was incorrectly stated as Thursday, September 15, and should have read Tuesday, September 13.

The Royal British Legion is looking for volunteers to help organise the Poppy Appeal in Houghton, Hetton, Penshaw, Shiney Row, Burnmoor, Lumley and Dubmire, distributing poppies and kids’ packs to schools and collection tins to other locations in the respective areas.

The Poppy Appeal runs from October 29 to November 13 and if you would like to help contact Peter Milne, the fundraiser for Northumbria, phone 07825 316289 or email pmilne@britishlegion.org.uk

Another ‘Pages’ quiz night is in Shiney Row St Oswald’s Church Hall at 7pm on Wednesday, September 14, including a pie and peas supper and a raffle.

Houghton Older People’s Enterprise welcome the return of one of their favourite bands, ‘Big River Ukes’, in the Methodists Church Hall at 1pm on Thursday, September 15.

The next Ecumenical Prayer Breakfast by Churches Together in Houghton is in the Methodists Church Hall from 8-9.30am on Saturday, September 17, and all denominations are most welcome.

The regular monthly Craft Fair in the Welfare Hall of the sports complex is from 1oam-2pm on Saturday, September 17, with free admission and refreshments available.

Coffee Mornings with proceeds for the Macmillan Nurses funds will be held at: Shiney Row St Oswalds at 9.45am on Wednesday, September 21, and All Saints, Penshaw Village, at 10.30am on Wednesday, September 28, both with homemade cakes, bring and buy stalls and raffles.

Penshaw Community Association is holding a day of events on Saturday, September 17, with ‘Fun for all the Family’ with activities in the Community Centre from 11am-4pm and ending with a ceilidh from 7.30pm-11pm and all residents are most welcome.

Houghton and District Ramblers Club will be walking around ‘Waldridge’ on Sunday, September 18, with details of time and meeting place from leader Gordon Lindsley phone 520 2152 or secretary John Conder 385 6551.

Bernard Hope will be the speaker at Houghton Local History Group with his talk entitled ‘Their Name Liveth For Evermore’ at 6.45pm on Thursday, September 22, in St Michael’s Kepier Hall with admission £2, including light refreshments.

The Sunderland Group of the Ramblers Association will be walking the “Lanchester Circular”, an eight-mile walk meeting at 10.30am on Wednesday, September 21 in the Malton picnic area car park, DH7 9TH, with leader John Roughtledge, phone 528 6966 for details.

Houghton Methodists Tuesday Fellowship re-opened with an open meeting with various members providing individual items of entertainment due to the unavoidable absence at short notice of the expected speaker.

The District Governor of Rotary North East England 1030, Peter Chandler, from Stokesley Rotary Club, paid his official visit to the Houghton Club where he spoke about the Rotary International Theme for the year ‘Rotary Serving Humanity’ with emphasis on clearing the few remaining parts of the world of polio to complete the success of the worldwide ‘Polio Plus’ campaign.

Circuit Superintendant Minister Reverend Alf Waite led a ‘Service of Sacrament’ to re-open the season of Houghton Methodists Womens Fellowship.

Sunniside Methodists Women’s Fellowship re-started with Afternoon Tea at the ‘Beehive’ pub, Sedgeletch.