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I am sure all Washington readers will wish to join me in sending massive congratulations to 19-year-old Washington swimmer Matt Wylie who won gold in the S9 50-metre swimming at the Rio Paralympic Games.

Glebe residents are joining the Keep Washington Tidy effort by organising fortnightly litter picks around the estate. Volunteers are welcome to meet at the underpass from the Galleries to Talley Court at 9.30am on Wednesday, October 5, and fortnightly thereafter.

Sunderland Literature And Creative Festival 2016 commences on Friday, September 30, with a number of activities scheduled for the Washington area. The first event is at Washington town centre library on Saturday, October 1, between 10.30am and 11.30am. Booking is required and a £2 donation is suggested. This is a children’s illustration activity where they can join Jayne Hughes BA [Hons] Illustration and Design Graduate, who demonstrates how to draw characters from her children’s book Goodnight Mr Bravo. Also in the library from 5.45pm to 6.45pm join Washington library reading group for a monthly group. This session they will be discussing Back When We Were Grown Ups by Anne Taylor. New members are always welcome. On the same day at Washington Mind, The Life House, Grassmere Terrace, there is a wellness reading group between 2pm and 3pm. The group meets monthly and new members are always welcome. This month they will be discussing Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes.

Saturday, October 8, at Washington Old Hall there is a play called The Pageant at 7pm. As part of The National Trust’s 60th anniversary the play brings to life the characters from 100 years of Old Hall history.

On Tuesday, October 11, at 10am, there is another chance for children to join the library team for a fun, lively session of songs, rhymes and activities.

Then on Thursday, October 13, the town centre library is the venue for Washington U3A reading group to meet between 2pm and 3pm where they will be discussing Memoirs of a Geisha Girl by Arthur Golden.

If you are a fan of The Little Waster then a 60-minute talk between 2pm and 3pm in the town centre library will be for you. Peter Peverley’s one-man show is a firm favourite around the region. Booking for this event is recommended.

Washington Old Hall offers a narrated story trail around the Old Hall and Washington village between 11amand 3pm, normal entry fees apply.

At the Arts centre Washington on Wednesday, September 21, at 1.30pm, there is a screening of Listen To Me Marlon, a new documentary telling the life story of Marlon Brando. Tickets are £3.

On Thursday, September 22, at 7.30pm, again at the arts centre, there is a production called Putting The Band Together. This is part riotous gig and part tender story telling of peoples relationships with music. The show features Ross Millard, (the Futureheads), Marie Crocher (Frantic Assembly) and Alex Elliott (Northern Stage). Tickets are £8.50 and £9.50.

Two events to look forward to on Sunday, September 25, at the Washington Wetlands, are Walk With a Warden and explore the highlights of the reserve. The warden will show you the latest seasonal highlights. Meet at reception at 2pm, included in normal admission price. The second event is called In Focus. During the day you can test the latest state of the art binoculars and telescopes in field conditions. Part exchanges are considered and used stock is available. A percentage of each sale is donated to the Wetlands trust helping them to continue their valuable conservation work.