Houghton - Down Your Way
The annual Age UK Houghton Feast Queen of Eventide event was held in the Welfare Hall, with a packed sell-out audience, to see City Mayor Alan Emerson crown Pauline Harding, from Station Road, Hetton. She will be in the limousine leading the Saturday parade through Houghton. An excellent buffet tea by Edinburgh Bakery was enjoyed and entertainment was provided by Ron Spence with songs suitable for the age of the audience, and with many dancing belying their years. There were numerous raffle prizes to be won to help with the cost of the event.
University of the Third Age (U3A) arranges activities for people who are retired or semi-retired. Monthly meetings are every third Tuesday of the month. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, October 18, from 2pm to 4pm at Houghton Welfare Hall, Brinkburn Crescent. The topic will be Dorothy’s Well and Jim O’Connor will be the speaker. Admission is £2 including tea and biscuits. Further details from Bill Milburn on 0191 5844677.
Chairman the Reverend Alf Waite will be entertaining his colleagues at Houghton Older People’s Enterprise with another of his many interesting presentations in the Methodist Church hall at 1pm on Thursday.
The next concert in the Master Musicians International in St Michael and All Angels’ Parish Church will b e by 17-year-old Will Bracken at the piano with pieces by Bach, Beethoven, Liszt and Prokofiev at 1pm on Friday. Admission is £7.
The next Ecumenical Prayer Breakfast by Churches Together in Houghton will be in St Michael’s Kepier Hall from 8am to 9.30am on Saturday. All denominations are welcome.
Bill Hiley will be presenting another Stamp Collectors Fair in Dairy Lane Bowling Club, with opportunities for valuations and sales from 10am to 4pm on Saturday. Further details from Bill phone 3855225.
The next regular craft fair in the Welfare Hall of the Sports Complex will be from 10am to 2pm on Saturday. Admission is free and refreshments are available.
Houghton Brass Band will be in concert in St Michael and All Angels’ Parish Church at 7pm on Saturday. Admission is £5 and £3 concessions.
Archdeacon Stuart Bain will be presenting an illustrated talk entitled A Lesotho Diary – a journey to the kingdom in the sky, in aid of the God’s Love Centre in Lesotho at St Aidan’s Worship Centre at 7pm on Saturday. There will be a hot and cold buffet, raffle and tombola. Admission is £5.
Houghton and District Rambling Club will be walking around Cresswell on Sunday. Details of time and meeting place from leader Dennis Borley on 4920029 or secretary John Conder on 3856551.
Houghton Kepier School will be presenting an exhibition celebrating the 2016 students art work in the Newbottle Street Library from October 20 to November 4.
Member of Sunniside Methodist Men’s Fellowship Keith Dowell gave a talk to colleagues about The life of John Newton, a former slave trader, who turned to religion and wrote many hymns. He also became a staunch friend of William Wilberforce in the battle with the government to achieve the abolition of the slave trade. Keith gave the same talk to the Ladies’ Fellowship.