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South Bents Townswomen’s Guild will attend the Sunderland Federation 60th Anniversary Luncheon tomorrow, to be held in the Rosedene Hotel. There will be no South Bents evening meeting. Next Wednesday, October 21, the committee will meet at 6.30pm in Whitburn Methodist Church hall prior to craft class.

Souter Lighthouse, including the tearoom and gift shop, is open daily except Fridays from 11am to 5pm this month. It will be open on Friday, October 30. For future special events, visitthe website, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/souter-lighthouse-and-the-leas/things-to-see-and-do/events/.

Singing with Music in the Minster, part of the Cultural Spring programme, meets in the Barnes Institute each Tuesday from 7pm to 8.30pm, working towards an informal presentation in December. All ages and abilities are welcome to join any session during the time and there is no need to be able to read music. A voluntary contribution of £2 per session will be welcomed.

A new Pilates class starts today and then weekly in the Barnes Institute on Tuesdays at 11.15am. To book a place, ring Sharon on 581 6884 or 07801 031 142. A Baby Yoga class is planned for Thursday afternoons from 2pm to 3pm, commencing soon. If you are interested, ring Vicky on 07903 931 250.

The 1st Whitburn Boys’ Brigade is celebrating 30 years of Boys’ Brigade in Whitburn with a service in Whitburn Methodist Church, North Guards, on Thursday at 6.30pm. The leaders and boys will welcome any past members or leaders to join them at the service. Tea and coffee will be served in the church hall after the service, when there will be the opportunity to share past experiences and to renew friendships. Contact Stewart Langlands on 529 3118 for more information.

Whitburn Local History Group meets on Friday at the Sea Hotel, South Shields for the 29th anniversary luncheon at 12.30pm for 1pm. Caroline Barnsley will be the guest speaker who will talk about South Shields, the Postcard Collection.

A new toddler activity group, called The Story Den, starts at the Barnes Institute, East Street on Tuesday, November 3. These will be fun-filled sessions for mums and toddlers with books coming to life through songs, dance, games, art and much more. Little Page Turners for two to four-year-olds is from 10am to 11am, with Baby Bookworms for 12 to 24 months from noon to 1pm. Contact Stephanie King on 07877 373 181. The website is www.thestoryden.co.uk or email Stephanie on: info@thestoryden.co.uk .

Whitburn Bowling Club has recently completed its league and cup fixtures for 2015. Bob Craggs is the club champion and Tom Hoggarth won the veterans trophy. Geoff Vale and Gordon Happer won the pairs competition and Derek Wilson won four club trophy. The ladies’ team topped the Sunderland and District League. Muriel Felce and Brenda Harper won the Sunderland Pairs Competition and also a Three Wood Pairs Competition held at Roker Park, sponsored by Geoff Wilson, from Ashbrooke Funeral Services. Muriel Felce, Gwen Mills and Maureen Smith won the Inter-Club Trophies. Both the men’s and women’s clubs took part in Whitburn Festival competitions with Sheila Happer and Geoff Vale winning the pairs trophy and Bob Craggs, Bob Crooks and Maureen Wilson winning the triples trophy. An open pairs competition in July attracted 36 entries from the Tyne and Wear area. After some exciting matches, Peter Wallace and Ashley Endacott from Jarrow went away with £200 prize money. The whole club enjoyed trips to Brampton Bowling Club and Sowerby Flats, Thirsk. The hospitality was reciprocated when these clubs played at Whitburn Green. The season for Whitburn Bowling Club will be rounded off with a presentation night at The Navy Club, Roker Avenue, on November 21.