Whitburn - Down Your Way

South Bents Townswomen's Guild will attend the Chairman's At Home luncheon tomorrow in the Britannia, Cleadon, at noon for 12.30pm. There will be no evening Guild meeting. Next Wednesday, June 1, South Bents ladies' will support Sunderland Federation coffee morning at 10am in St Mary's Church hall, Bridge Street.

Tuesday, 24th May 2016, 1:29 pm
Updated Tuesday, 24th May 2016, 2:33 pm
Dokan Karate Squad, who were successful at the Weston super-Mare Tournament.

Souter Lighthouse, the gift shop and tea room are open daily from 11am to 5pm. Next week from Tuesday to Friday (school half term) there will be Get Crafty activities for children aged three and over, from 11am to 4pm, cost £3 per craft. Booking is not necessary. Ring 529 0909 for details.

Dokan Karate continues to thrive in Whitburn and Cleadon. Twenty-three students from these clubs joined 600 other entrants atWeston Supermare to compete in the annual WKU summer tournament. They returned with 19 gold, 16 silver and 25 bronze medals, placing them fifth on the national table in April. Three more gold medals would have seen them winners outright. Their success was celebrated with a two-night stay at a beach front hotel and trip to the local fairground. Dokan’s competition squad is widely recognised as one of the country’s best junior competitors. The district Dokan Karate Association with 150 members and six clubs, hosts its own competition at Castletown in June and welcomes entries from any local club. Email [email protected] or ring Kevan on 07939 130411 for more information.

Two members from the Dokan team competing.

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Graeme Shutt, from Shearwater, is swimming backstroke next week in the European Masters Championships 65-69 age group at the Olympic Pool in London. He started swimming at the age of 46 after retiring from a 25-year career as a Merchant Navy engineer. Graeme joined City of Sunderland Masters Swimming Club in 1996 and trains three times a week at the Aquatic Centre with partners John Shield, Barry Robinson and Ray Waggott.

Angela Lock, Maggie Weddell and Shirley Brown braved terrible wet weather to complete the local coastal walk, Roker to Whitburn and back to Roker, to raise funds for the Barnes Institute. Between them, they accumulated £250 which will be used to buy new blinds for the coffee shop. Thank you girls, for the noble effort resulting in this magnificent sum.

The annual Whitburn Village Summer Festival is nearly here. It starts with the picnic on the village green on Sunday, June 5, from noon onwards. Take along the family, friends, food, drink, tables, chairs, rugs, gazebos and join the fun. There will be music from Cats Night Out from 1pm and a free bouncy castle for children. Watch for publicity of other festival events in local press and round the village.

Graham Shutt.
Two members from the Dokan team competing.
Graham Shutt.