South Bents Townswomen’s Guild will support Sunderland Federation coffee morning at 10am in St Mary’s Church hall, Bridge Street, next Wednesday, September 14. The first guild meeting of the new season will be in Whitburn Methodist Church hall at 7pm. Sharon Vincent will give a talk entitled The Mitford Sisters, Part 1.
Actify, a seated exercise class, takes place each Friday at 10am in the Barnes Institute. Classes consisting of stretches and exercises suited to individual ability and condition. Sessions last 30 minutes, followed by a half hour chat over refreshments, where support and advice can be given. For more information, contact Richard Laverick on 07752 293 562.
Souter Lighthouse, the gift shop and tea room are open daily from 11am to 5pm. September is Roald Dahl celebration month at Souter. Each weekend, youngsters can try different book-themed crafts starting with James and the Giant Peach, followed by George’s Marvellous Medicine then Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, finishing with The BFG. Drop in any Saturday or Sunday between 11am and 4pm for a ‘phiz-whizzing time’, cost £1 per child. For details of these and all future special events and activities, go online at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/souter-lighthouse-and-the-leas , email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 529 0909.
Whitburn Parish Church is pleased to announce the return of two favourites next month. On Friday, October 7, Ernest Young will conduct Bede Wind Philharmonic Orchestra and Bede Chorus in a rousing night of traditional prom music, songs and flag-waving. Tickets at £8 for this popular event are available now from Jean Atkinson on 529 3574. The concert will take place in the church at 7.30pm. On Friday, October 14, at 7.30pm in the parish church hall, Sandy Chare, the Northumberland Theatre Company will present its latest production, How to Make a Killing in Bollywood. This highly talented group of writers, actors and musicians bring professional performances to small venues like ours and always provide an evening of first class entertainment. Look out for posters round the village and further information in Down Your Way about ticket availability.
Hula-Hoop classes in the parish church hall no longer take place due to lack of support.
Coffee mornings take place every Saturday morning in Whitburn Methodist Church hall and Churches Together Lunch Club is on Thursdays from noon to 1.30pm. Soup, sandwiches, salad, sweet, unlimited tea or coffee and stimulating conversation are available for £3 and all are welcome. For more information or to offer voluntary help, please contact Michael Vallance on 903 1408.
The Barnes Institute is 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 from 10am to noon to which all are welcome. Why not go along to find out more about this historic community centre, a registered charity established in 1905, which belongs to the people of Whitburn. There are regular weekly activities for all ages and interests. Keep up with news on Facebook: The Barnes Institute Whitburn.