Whitburn - Down Your Way

Members of Dokan Karate who were successful at the recent Central England Tournament 2016.
Members of Dokan Karate who were successful at the recent Central England Tournament 2016.
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South Bents Townswomen’s Guild committee meets tomorrow at 6.30pm in Whitburn Methodist Church hall before Craft Class at 7pm. Next Wednesday, September 28, the social studies evening at 7pm will be Vera’s Quiz and Social Night with Faith Supper.

Souter Lighthouse, the gift shop and tea room, are open daily from 11am to 5pm.

September is Roald Dahl celebration month at Souter. This weekend, youngsters can enjoy BFG-themed crafts. Drop-in on 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.

This Sunday from 10am to 2pm, join Souter Rangers and the Coastal Conservation Group for a spectacular seven-mile walk along the sea cliffs passing Windmill Field, Marsden Old Quarry and Marsden Rock. Bring binoculars and cameras to spot and record seabirds and other wildlife along the way. The cost is £2 plus five per cent booking fee, essential, on 0844 289 1895. Meet at the bird-ringing hut in the car park wearing clothing and footwear suitable for a long walk with slopes and uneven terrain. Dogs on leads are welcome and for more information contact Dougie Holden on 0191 529 0903 or email douglas.holden@nationaltrust.org.uk. For details of this and future events and activities, go online at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/souter-lighthouse-and-the-leas email anne.cauwood@nationaltrust.org.uk or call 0191 529 0909.

Join the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support in the Parish Church hall, Sandy Chare, on Friday, September 30, from 10.30am to 2.30pm. As well as a variety of stalls, cakes, raffle and a tombola, light refreshments and lunch will be available. Proceeds to date from this annual international event amount to £138million, all to ensure that no one with cancer ever has to face this tough illness alone. Your support will be much appreciated.

Tickets for Whitburn Proms in the Parish Church on Friday, October 7, at 7.30pm are selling fast. Ernest Young will conduct the Bede Wind Philharmonic Orchestra and Bede Chorus in a rousing night of traditional prom music, songs and flag-waving. To be sure of your ticket, costing £8 including a glass of wine or soft drink, contact Jean Atkinson on 0191 529 3574.

On Friday, October 14, 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. The cast of four burst onto the stage with a comedy drama about two best friends who decide to quit their jobs in a fast food restaurant and head to Bollywood in search of fame and fortune. But just how far are the boys willing to go to realise their dreams? The show features some hilarious riffs of racial stereotyping as well as a fantastic soundtrack and frequent infectious, pulsating injections of Bollywood dance moves. Tickets for what promises to be an evening of first class entertainment are available now from Jean Atkinson on 0191 529 3574 or Roly Humphrey on 0191 529 2760.

A concert entitled Putting on the Ritz will take place in Whitburn Methodist Church on Saturday, October 8, at 2.30pm. To celebrate the Chapel’s 135th anniversary, Nostalgia Café Swing Quartet will perform evocative music and songs from the great age of song-writing. Tickets costing £5 from church stewards and Tony Lucas on 0191 529 0606.

Dokan Karate, which meets in the Parish Church hall, won the trophy for the most successful club at the recent Central England Tournament 2016. They came top out of 60 clubs, confirming the high calibre of local students, at least 11 of which come from the Whitburn squad, which specialises in young children and new starters. For more information about local squads and venues, ring Kev on 07939 130411, email k-mitch@live.co.uk or go online at www.dokan.co.uk