Washington - Down Your Way

President Mick Drake presents the cheque to Emma Burnip, her family and friends.
President Mick Drake presents the cheque to Emma Burnip, her family and friends.
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At The Rotary club of Washington’s lunch meeting, guests included the Burnip family who received a cheque from funds raised at the club’s Bop at The Biddick event, in aid of the Huntington Association.

The club chose to support the family, who have a personal connection to the disease, after talking to Emma Burnip at the Bop evening. If one person in the family has Huntington Disease (HD), there is a 50/50 chance of the gene being passed on. HD, as it is known, is a progressive disease that results in abnormal body movement, gradual deterioration or loss of intellectual abilities along with behaviour problems, swallowing and weight loss. Symptoms present themselves between the ages of 35 and 50 and in children aged under 20. It is hoped that the gene that causes HD can be removed at some future stage, so that families don’t have to live with the constant worry that they may develop HD. For further information on HD in the North East, visit www.hdanewcastle.org.uk

From Pit Village to Buckingham Palace is the title of a talk by Stephanie Yearnshire, retired police superintendent, on Tuesday, March 8, in Washington Town Centre Library at 2.30pm.

Washington Town Centre Library will be hosting a 3D Rainbow Spring card craft session on March 29 from 2.30pm to 3.30pm. There will also be a spring flowers and poppy tales sessions on March 31 from 2.15pm to 3.15pm.

Washington Millennium Centre will host a spring birds nest craft event on March 1 from 2.30pm to 3.30pm. On April 4 learn how to make Grufffalo Storysacks from 2.30pm to 3.30pm.

Character art with Daniel Weatheritt will take place in Washington Town Centre Library on April 7 from 2.15pm to 3.15pm. There will also be a Ladybird session on April 5 from 2.15pm to 3,15pm.

Create your own Shakespeare portrait, make an Elizabethan scroll, test your quill skills and write your favourite Shakespeare quote at Washington Town Centre Library on Saturday, March 19, from 10.30am-noon. For further information, contact Washington Library on 0191 5613441. The session is suitable for all ages but children under the age of eigh must be accompanied by an adult.