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Chil­dren had a great time in Back­house Park on a re­cent Satur­day night, with a very suc­cess­ful and well-at­tended Hal­loween Lan­tern Pa­rade, or­gan­ised by the Friends of the Park, with sup­port from the St Michael’s ward coun­cil­lor’s East Area com­mu­nity chest fund­ing. Chil­dren and grown-ups were en­ter­tained at var­i­ous parts of the park by ex­cel­lent ac­tors from The­atre Space NE, (all pic­tured), who told every­one the thrilling tale of “Wear Wolf ”. Clare Way­man, chair, Kash Dagg, trea­surer, and helpers served hot soup and hot choco­late at the end of the pa­rade. Mary Tod­ner, sec­re­tary, and ward Coun­cil­lor Michael Dixon had the very dif­fi­cult task of award­ing prizes for the best cos­tume and lan­tern, es­pe­cially as they were all of a very high stan­dard. A great time was had by all.

There was an­other St Michael’s Ward Com­mu­nity Clean-Up ses­sion at Back­house Park, once again or­gan­ised by ICOS (In­ter­na­tional Com­mu­nity of Sun­der­land Or­gan­i­sa­tion) with fund­ing from the coun­cil’s East Area Com­mit­tee. On a very pleas­ant au­tumn af­ter­noon, helpers, led by Daniel Krzyszczak, from ICOS, were joined by St Michael’s ward coun­cil­lors, Michael Dixon and Peter Wood. By the end of the ses­sion to which Adam Gawne, Sun­der­land Univer­sity, also con­trib­uted, plenty of black bags of rub­bish had been col­lected.

There was a “derby” at­mos­phere at the Ro­tary Club of Sun­der­land meet­ing, when the club en­ter­tained the Ro­tary Club of Bish­op­wear­mouth in the North East Ro­tary Clubs’ Quiz. For many years both clubs have held their meet­ings at the Rosedene Ho­tel in Queen Alexan­dra Road, on dif­fer­ent week­days. Af­ter a close fought con­test, last­ing an hour, Bish­op­wear­mouth emerged as win­ners. Sun­der­land team cap­tain Brian Dodds wished the Bish­op­wear­mouth team ev­ery suc­cess in the com­ing rounds

Parish­ioners at St Ce­cilia’s Catholic Church, Ry­hope Road, will be cel­e­brat­ing St Ce­cilia’s feast day on Satur­day, Novem­ber 25. Af­ter their weekly 6pm vigil Mass there will be a so­cial evening in the church hall at 7 pm. An­thony Stringer will pro­vide the mu­sic and there will be a bar, quiz, raf­fle, pie and peas sup­per (with veg­e­tar­ian op­tion). Tick­ets, £5 for adults, free for chil­dren, are avail­able at the church door be­fore and af­ter ser­vices or from Ber­nadette on 0191 565 8283) or Tom Martin on 0191 565 0911.

Friends of Back­house Park and Bar­ley Mow Park will meet tonight at The Back On The Map build­ing, To­ward Road, at 6.30pm.

Sun­der­land Flo­ral Art Club is to hold its Win­ter Cheer, flower demon­stra­tion by Heather Curry, from Gos­forth, on Tues­day, Novem­ber 21, at St Ce­cilia’s Church, Ry­hope Road. Tick­ets are £5 to in­clude tea or cof­fee and a mince pie served at 1.30pm prompt prior to Heather’s demon­stra­tion. Pay at the door or call 5227832 for more in­for­ma­tion.

A Christ­mas fair will be held in St Ai­dan’s Church hall, Ry­hope Road, on Satur­day, Novem­ber 25, from 11am to 1.30pm. At­trac­tions will in­clude Santa Claus, a draw with £100 first prize and many other won­der­ful prizes, re­fresh­ments and a large se­lec­tion of stalls sell­ing mar­vel­lous things. Ad­mis­sion is 50p for adults, chil­dren free, and there will be a £20 prize for the holder of the win­ning en­try ticket.

St Michael’s Coun­cil­lors, Michael Dixon, Robert Oliver and Peter Wood, will hold a ward surgery to­mor­row, at St Ti­mothy’s Lutheran Church, Queen Alexan­dra Road, from noon to 1pm.

Sun­der­land Ladies’ Probus Club holds its next meet­ing on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 23, at the usual venue, St John’s Church, Ashbrooke. Cof­fee is from 10am and the meet­ing starts at 10.30am .Guest speaker is Pro­fes­sor John Derry and his talk is en­ti­tled Edith Cavell.

Northum­bria Po­lice Sun­der­land Vol­un­teer Cadets are or­gan­is­ing an evening, called Project Christ­mas for the res­i­dents to be held at Auck­land Homes, Hill View Road. It all be­gins at 4.30pm on Wed­nes­day , Novem­ber 29, where there will be tea, cof­fee, mu­sic, games and a free Christ­mas raf­fle. Every­one is wel­come.

Ash­more Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion met re­cently at the Bri­tish Le­gion Club, Grange Cres­cent, with Liz Grif­fiths in the chair. Res­i­dents were joined by St Michael’s ward

Ac­tors from The­atre Space NE en­ter­tained vis­i­tors to the Hal­loween event held in Back­house Park.

St Michael’s Ward Com­mu­nity Clean-up ses­sion was a huge suc­cess.

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