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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.