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As part of the commemoration of the Normandy Landings in 1944, the President of the Republic of France has awarded British servicemen, who served in France at that time, with a special medal of honour. Ernest Naylor, of Rupert Street, has been appointed to the rank of Chevalier in the Ordre National de la Legion d’Honneur in recognition of his acknowledged military engagement and steadfast involvement in the Liberation of France during the Second World War. The letter accompanying the insignia reads: “We must never forget the heroes like you who came from Britain and the Commonwealth to begin the liberation of Europe by liberating France.” Veterans of the campaign were honoured last Sunday in a service at Durham Cathedral after a parade through Durham’s Market Place.

South Bents Townswomen’s Guild maintained its excellent record of annual success at Seaburn Show by winning several trophies including Best in Show and Guild with the most points. Vera Laverick is pictured receiving her Best in Show trophy from the chairwoman, Valerie Jackson. Members will meet tomorrow at 7pm in Whitburn Methodist Church hall when Barbara Galloway will give a talk entitled Game Shows. Next Wednesday, November 18, the committee will meet at 6.30pm in the hall, prior to craft class.

Singing with Music in the Minster, part of the Cultural Spring programme, continues 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.

The Story Den continues today and each term-time Tuesday in the Barnes Institute at 10am. These are fun-filled sessions for mums and toddlers with books coming to life through songs, dance, games, art and much more. Little Page Turners for tow 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 or visit www.thestoryden.co.uk or email Stephanie on: info@thestoryden.co.uk .

Whitburn Ladies’ Lifeboat Guild is holding a coffee morning in the Cricket Club tomorrow at 10.30am. There will be a homemade cake stall and official RNLI souvenirs on sale, including Christmas cards and calendars. Included in the ticket price of £2 is unlimited tea and coffee with biscuits and festive stollen. All are welcome to attend in support of this worthwhile charity, supported only by voluntary fund raising of this kind.

Baby Yoga is on Thursday at 1.30pm in the Barnes Institute. If you are interested in booking a place, ring Vicky on 07903 931 250.

Souter Lighthouse including the tearoom and gift shop is open daily except Fridays from 11am to 5pm all this month. For future special events, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/souter-lighthouse-and-the-leas/things-to-see-and-do/events/ .

Whitburn Methodist Church Christmas fair takes place on Saturday from 1pm to 4pm. Stalls will include gifts, crafts and refreshments, with Santa paying a flying visit between 2pm and 3pm.

St. Vincent’s Catholic Church will hold its Christmas fair on Saturday, November 21, from 11am to 1pm. There will be a variety of stalls, including cakes and savouries, crafts, books, CDs and DVDs, raffle, tombola and cafe.

The Barnes Institute has many regular activities available to all on a weekly basis, including line dancing, Tai Chi, various children’s activities from Baby Yoga to teenager’s football, a well-equipped reasonably priced gym with two ladies’ only sessions, Cultural Spring choir (in association with the Customs House) and dog training classes. The building is also available for hire for one-off events eg children’s parties and can accommodate a Bouncy Castle. Please contact Carol Shield on 07767 156 134 for more information. A coffee morning is held every Monday and Wednesday morning from 10am to 12 noon to which all are welcome to find out more about this historic community centre, a registered charity established in 1905, which belongs to the people of Whitburn. Keep up with news on Facebook: The Barnes Institute Whitburn.

Coghlans Cookery School is holding a pre-Christmas meal with canapés, drinks reception and Christmas Pop-Up Shop on Friday, December 4, in the parish church hall. Contact Jean Atkinson on 529 3574 if you would like to book a place. Payment of £32.50 per person before November 15 would be appreciated.

The Northumberland Theatre Company makes a welcome return to the parish church hall, Sandy Chare on Friday, December 18, at 7.30pm with a production for all the family of The Ugly Duckling. This talented group has a gift for providing all-round entertainment and is always worth supporting with your presence. Contact Jean Atkinson on 529 3574 to reserve tickets.