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Members of Whitburn Parish Church shared a weekend of fun and fellowship based on the film A Walk Across Egypt, at Cober Hill near Scarborough. Unfortunately, wet weather curtailed many outdoor activities but all enjoyed excellent food and wine, a treasure hunt, games of Pointless, quizzes and plenty of laughter. This is an annual event always eagerly anticipated.

South Bents Townswomen’s Guild meets tomorrow for the first guild meeting of the new season in Whitburn Methodist Church hall at 7pm. Sharon Vincent will give a talk entitled The Mitford Sisters, Part 1. On Thursday, ladies join together for an outing to Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott. Next Wednesday, 21 September, the committee meets at 6.30 pm before Craft Class at 7pm.

Actify, a seated exercise class, takes place each Friday morning at 10am in the Barnes Institute. Classes consisting of stretches and exercise suited to individual ability and condition 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.

On Friday, Whitburn Local History Group meets in the Barnes Institute from 2pm to 3.30pm. Bernard Hope will give a talk entitled Their Name Liveth for Evermore. Admission is £2 and all are most welcome.

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, this week 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. Booking is not necessary and activities take place upstairs in the education room. For details of these and all future special events and activities, go online at http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/souter-lighthouse-and-the-leas , email anne.cauwood@nationaltrust.org.uk or call 529 0909.

The final car boot sale of this season will be held at Souter on Sunday from 10am to 2pm. Sellers will be charged £10 per car and can set up from 9am on the north side of the lighthouse, the site of old Marsden Village. Entry for buyers is by donation. For details of this and future special events and activities, go online at http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/souter-lighthouse-and-the-leas , email anne.cauwood@nationaltrust.org.uk 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 and the concert will take place in the Church at 7.30pm. On Friday 14 October at 7.30pm in the Parish Church hall, Sandy Chare, the Northumberland Theatre Company will present their 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 around the village and further information in Down Your Way about ticket availability.

Coffee mornings take place every Saturday morning in Whitburn Methodist Church hall and Churches Together Lunch Club is on Thursdays from 12noon 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 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. There are regular weekly activities for all ages and interests. Keep up with news on Facebook: The Barnes Institute Whitburn.