Silksworth and Ryhope - Down Your Way

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The next Ryhope Compton Organ Concert will be on Sunday at 2,30pm in Ryhope Community Centre.

The society will welcome Carl Heslop to the console. Carl, who comes from the North East of England, has strong local connections and is a member of this society. He took an interest in the cinema organ at age of 12, following on from classical organ and piano. His work is also connected with organs, and he is a voicer/tuner with Peter Collins organ builders. He is a popular and well-known organist on the concert circuit. A lively and entertaining selection of music is in store.

Consultations are getting underway on a major site at Chapelgarth earmarked for transformation. Development partnership Siglion is organising a meeting and exhibition to gather feedback before finalising its planning blueprints for the area. The public exhibition and consultation event will take place at The Box Youth Project on Hall Farm Road from 10am to 4pm on Saturday.

Thanks to The Sir Tom Cowie Fund and Community Foundation, Blue Watch Youth Centre, Ryhope, is delivering daily sessions and overnight residential experiences to support disabled young people improve their independence. Activities and residential experiences have been taking place at a local, specially adapted house, with young people gaining experience of living outside their family unit. To date 18 young people have participated in the programme which is for aged 14 to 25 years. If you would like to take part in the programme, contact Joanne Ayre of 0191 5214060.

Saint Benedict’s Hospice is grateful for all the support it receives from so many people. Sainsbury’s in Silksworth regularly donates its unsold flowers, which are used to decorate areas of the hospice and sell by donation in the Bistro. As well as the hospice looking beautiful, the sale of flowers is raising more than £70 per week.

Once again November will be a Make a Will Month. Local solicitors will be supporting the hospice by offering their will writing service free in return for a donation to St Benedict’s.

The hospice invites all to celebrate, share and remember those who are no longer with us by sponsoring a light on its Christmas tree. You will be sent a dedication Christmas card and you will be welcome to join in the annual Light up a Life Carol and Tree Lighting Service on Sunday, December 6. For more information, ring 0191 512 8436 or email

A memorial service was recently held at St Paul’s Church for Ryhope-born Jean Burrows, nee Scott, who died in St Clairesville Ohio, USA, after a long and protracted illness. Jean was brought up in Ryhope. She was the second daughter of nine children of Leslie and Doris Scott. She is often remembered as the lead dancer in the Rosslyn Babes. From school she went to work at Risdon’s baby shop. In the late 1960s she emigrated to Grande Cache Canada with her husband Billy an Overman from Dawdon. They subsequently settled in the USA.

Silksworth Heritage Group will meet in Beckwith Mews on Monday, October 19, at 1.30pm. Colin Orr will be reminiscing about Washday Monday. Admission is £1 and includes refreshments.