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Members of Tidy Fatfield Group with some of the bags of litter they have collected around the village.
Members of Tidy Fatfield Group with some of the bags of litter they have collected around the village.
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Washington residents in many villages are taking responsibility for keeping their own villages tidy. Pictured are members of the Tidy Fatfield group, which was set up in April 2015 . The group holds a monthly litter picks on the first Sunday of each month, meeting at the Fatfield shops at 10am and new volunteers are always welcome. In addition members individually pick litter on an almost daily basis . Since setting up, the group has collected more than 500 bags of rubbish. If you are interested in joining a group or starting one in your area then like the Keep Washington tidy Facebook page or Google litteraction.org.uk or ask your local councillor for more info.

Washington Arts Centre is offering a range of art, music and drama workshops for children throughout the summer holidays. Sessions for eight to 14-year-olds will run every Wednesday from 10am to noon and include Samba Drumming tomorrow. You will learn drumming patterns and skills with professional drummer Daniel Dixon. This is a perfect session for beginners. On August 3, learn circus including juggling and plate spinning with ringmaster Marty Bloomfield. Arts and crafts will be held on August 10, when you can make your own unique creation to take home with the help of artist Kit Kingsbury. Painting and drawing takes place on August 17 with artist Vince Cooper. There will be jewellery making on August 24, when you can learn how to make quirky jewellery with Sophie Lisa Beresford. There will be drama on August 31, when you can join award-winning Neil Armstrong for some fun filled drama games and workshops. All sessions are £5 or you can purchase a summer pass for all six sessions for £25. To book or for more information, visit www.artscentrewashington.co.uk or call 0191 5613455.

Washington Libraries are also running a series of arts and crafts events over the summer holidays: Washington Millennium Centre Library will host a session on Monday, August 1, between 2.30pm and 3.30pm called Hat Attack. This is a free session for all children but under eights must be accompanied by an adult. Washington Town Centre Library will run a session on Thursday between 2.15pm and 3.15pm called Dream catcher and on Tuesday, August 2, from 2.15pm to 3.15pm it will be crafty fox. Again this is a free session and under eights must be accompanied by an adult.

Washington Wetlands is holding a fun filled family day on Saturday. Join the team for an exciting Neverland Adventure with Peter Pan and friends. Collect a treasure map, follow the clues and help find missing treasure. You can also join in family friendly games such as quoits , swing ball, croquet and hula hoops. The fun will take place between 1pm and 4pm and don’t forget to keep an eye out for Peter Pan and friends as they may appear around the centre. While you are there watch the otters being fed at 11.30am and 3pm , enjoy a Flamingo talk at 11.45am or 3.15 pm or take part in themed craft activities between 1pm and 3.30pm (there is a small charge for this activity).

The Washington Bowls community are breathing a sigh of relief following a meeting with Sunderland council to review bowls green provision . A number of greens have been closed in the Sunderland area with clubs either sharing rinks , amalgamating or even closing down .Fortunately all three Washington clubs North Biddick ,Washington Glebe and Usworth have all retained their greens . As the clubs now have a secure future they are all keen to welcome new members anyone who wants info on the clubs please contact me at harry.chalmers@9gc.co.uk