Whitburn - Down Your Way

Umar Ahmed and Manjot Sumal', who have written and will star in Make a Killing in Bollywood.
Umar Ahmed and Manjot Sumal', who have written and will star in Make a Killing in Bollywood.
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South Bents Townswomen’s Guild committee meets tomorrow in Whitburn Methodist Church hall at 7pm. The social studies evening at 7pm will be Vera’s Quiz and Social Night with faith supper. Next Wednesday, October 5m, ladies will support the Sunderland Federation coffee morning at 10am in St Mary’s Church hall, Bridge Street.

Souter Lighthouse, the gift shop and tea room are open daily from 11am to 5pm. For details of future special events and activities, go online at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/souter-lighthouse-and-the-leas , email anne.cauwood@nationaltrust.org.uk or call 529 0909.

Whitburn Parish Church 100 Club winners for September are: D Pearson, P Robinson and the Barnes Institute.

The Cultural Spring Workshops for Autumn have started in three Whitburn venues. Whitburn Singers, led by Lindsay Hannon from Music in the Minster, meet in the Methodist Church hall, North Guards, on Tuesdays from 7.15pm to 8.45pm. Fun with Fabrics with Pauline Taylor takes place in the parish church hall, Sandy Chare, on Thursdays from 1.30pm to 3.30pm. Exploring Literature: What’s It All About Then? with Carol Cooke will be held in Whitburn Library on Tuesdays from 1.30pm to 3.30pm. Full details of all these activities can be found in the free programme brochure, available from the Barnes Institute and the library, or ring 427 8197, or visit www.theculturalspring.org.uk.

Join the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support in the parish church hall, Sandy Chare, on Friday 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.

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 529 3574.

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 music and songs from the great age of song-writing. Tickets costing £5, including light refreshments after the concert, are available from church stewards and Tony Lucas on 529 0606.

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 (pictured). 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 Bollywood dance moves. Tickets, for what promises to be an evening of first class entertainment, are available from Jean Atkinson on 529 3574 or Roly Humphrey on 529 2760.

Contributions to South Tyneside Foodbank can be left in the parish church or at the Barnes Institute. Always welcome are teabags, pasta, tinned vegetables, baked beans, instant potato, pasta, ready sauces and other non-perishable packed foods. If you would like donated food to be collected from your home, contact Carol Shield on the details at the top of this column.

Keep Whitburn Green is a new Neighbourhood Forum aiming to limit the impact of South Tyneside’s Local Plan for new housing on the Green Belt areas surrounding the village. If you would like to join the Forum, please email WhitburnNF@gmail.com expressing interest.