Group’s party time

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A NEWLY-formed residents’ group laid on a Christmas party as one of a number of ways of engaging the community.

The Station Town Neighbourhood Group (STNG) hosted a festive party for senior citizens at Milbank Chapel, in Station Town.

The evening included Christmas dinner, carol singing, a raffle and a history quiz.

Entertainment was also provided by a local choir which sang a range of festive songs.

The event was attended by more than 40 people from Station Town and the surrounding area, with catering provided by local butcher, Robinsons of Wingate.

At the close of the event, STNG chairman John Lyons thanked everyone for their attendance and especially the members of STNG for organising the evening.

Councillor Rob Crute, who represents the village on Durham County Council alongside Coun Alan Cox, is heavily involved in the group.

Coun Crute said: “Apart from the entertainment provided the purpose of the evening was to encourage people to become active in the group and also to seek ideas for future events and projects to improve the village and the quality of life for its residents.”

STNG was formed in the summer by local residents, with help from the East Durham Area Action Partnership (AAP), following the closure of the Station Town Community Centre at the end of last year.

Since its formation, the group has held an open day for residents to put forward their ideas for improvements in the village, a Saturday morning litter-picking session and the Christmas evening for senior citizens.

In January, the group is to set priorities for the year ahead and establish a calendar of projects and events.

Anyone wishing to participate will be made welcome.

The next meeting will be held on Thursday, January 5, at the Milbank Chapel.

Anyone wanting further information about the group can call Coun Crute on (0191) 3725821 or email rob.crute@durham.gov.uk