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Slimming World meets tonight and each Tuesday evening at 7pm in the Barnes Institute, East Street. The consultant is Joanne and she can be contacted on 07540 626237.

Whitburn Singers, part of the Cultural Spring Workshops programme, now meet in Whitburn Methodist Church hall on Tuesdays from 7.15pm-8.45pm. The fun and friendly sessions are led by Lindsay Hannon, from Music in the Minster, and participants can join at any point during the block, which runs until July 12. There will be a performance at Summer Streets on Sunday, July 17. The fee per session is £3 to cover tuition costs and to support the group to become sustainable. A full programme of spring/summer Cultural Spring Workshops in Sunderland and South Tyneside is available from the Barnes Institute and the library.

South Bents Townswomen’s Guild will support Sunderland Federation coffee morning tomorrow in St Mary’s Church hall, Bridge Street, hosted by Seaham Central Guild. Next Wednesday, May 11, speakers Janet and Lorraine will talk about Dorothy’s Well at the meeting in Whitburn Methodist Church hall at 7pm.

Souter Lighthouse, the gift shop and tea room are open daily from 11am to 5pm. On Sunday from 10.30am to 12.30pm, join Souter Rangers for a Rockpool Ramble, cost £1 per child. The ramble is suitable for children of all ages accompanied by an adult and dogs on leads are welcome. Please wear appropriate clothing for the weather, footwear suitable for slippery surfaces and meet in the Foghorn Field. For details of this and future special activities, go online at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/souter-lighthouse-and-the-leas or email anne.cauwood@nationaltrust.org.uk or call 0191 529 0909.

On Friday mornings a new exercise class, Actify, has started in the Barnes Institute at 10am. Actify is a fun way to get fit for those who need to be seated but wish to enjoy low impact exercise and non-intense workouts. It is perfect for beginners, older people and those with mobility problems or recovering from illness or surgery. The instructor is Richard, who can be contacted on 07752 293562, actifyhealth@yahoo.com. For more details, go to the informative website: www.actify.wbs.com

The Barnes Institute is available for hire for one-off events such as children’s parties and can accommodate a bouncy castle. Contact Carol Shield on 07767 156134 for more information. A coffee morning is held every Monday and Wednesday from 10am until noon to which all are welcome. Why not come 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.

May is Local History month in South Tyneside. There will be special events and exhibitions taking place in libraries throughout the borough. For more details go online at http://www.southtyneside.gov.uk/article/25731/Local-History-Month-events