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University of Sunderland’s Reverend Chris Howson spoke out believing the Church of England’s lack of progressiveness and forward thinking have caused a decrease in Christianity. The Chair of Sunderland Interfaith and University Chaplain, Reverend Howson, believes inclusivity could be a problem causing the decline in Christianity.  Reverend Howson, who is the associate priest at Sunderland […]

Lecturers at the University of Sunderland are promising more strike action in the new year if employers don’t give them a better offer for pay and pensions.  The statement was made just days after a series of strikes took place last month and vowed that if employers don’t respond to the UCU’s concerns over pay, pensions and […]

Sunderland Branch Liaison Council have launched a new mental campaign – aiming to “fill the gap” in women’s mental health support.  The group announced the new campaign on Twitter, whilst they also said they would be working with Washington Mind and the Beacon of Light on the campaign.  They said on Twitter: “Happy to share […]

The Sunderland Food Bank has seen a 150% increase in people accessing the food bank compared to the same period last year. This comes after rising living costs forced people to rely on food banks to get by. The charity, which has eight locations across Wearside, has called for more volunteers and donations this Christmas […]

At the age of 16, Nick Pope felt his football dream was over after Ipswich Town – his boyhood club – released him.  Pope was a season ticket holder for the Tractor Boys, and it was his dream to represent the team he supported since he was a young boy.  After his release, Pope studied […]

Food Banks in the North East have appealed for assistance and support from the public in the run-up to Christmas. This comes as the cost-of-living crisis causes donations to fall and demand to rise. The food banks revealed that partnerships and donations are down while the demand for assistance is up as energy prices and […]

With the year behind us, ’tis the season to get yourself down to your local theatres and enjoy the pantomime.  Every Christmas we look forward to theatres coming alive with dames, villains and laughter.  Local panto star, Andy Power-Tate, starring in the Consett Empire Theatre production of Aladdin, said: “It brings families together and is […]

The Met Office has revealed their Christmas forecast for this year and the question on everyone’s minds is – will we finally get a white Christmas? So what actually classes as a “white Christmas”? According the Met Office a white Christmas calls for “one snowflake to be observed falling in the 24 hours of 25 December […]


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