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Activities at the Centre

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Regular Activities

Groups we've been notified that are not running this week:



Ryhope Heritage Society

If you’ve got some free time every second Tuesday in the month, then why not come along and join our small friendly group that looks back over the history of Ryhope, Sunderland and the surrounding areas.

We share knowledge and stories of old Ryhope through films, slide shows and speakers all from our local area.  There’s something here to suit everyone.

Our past films have covered Sunderland in World War I, The History of Seaburn, Ryhope our Mining Village and lots more. We have visiting speakers Phil Curtis and Sharon Vincent talking about old Sunderland with slide shows.

We meet every second Tuesday of the month in Ryhope Community Centre on Black Road at 1:30pm in the Multi-Purpose Room, so come along and join us and enjoy a cup of tea after looking back over your local heritage.

Our next meeting is 10th March 2020.

New members are very welcome to join us

Community Connectors:  Thursday 27th February 2020

Our Community Connectors Meeting will be held on Thursday 27th February 2020 in Ryhope Community Centre - 12:00 until 13:00.  All welcome. 

Health and Fitness - Ryhope Community Centre have a varied program of health & fitness classes suitable for all ages, abilities and fitness levels with an aim to promote Health and Wellbeing via low cost accessible exercise within the community.

Classes/Groups include:

  • Active Forever (over 50's)
  • Ballroom & Sequence Dancing (over 65's) [term time only]
  • Cricket Practice [Ryhope Cricket Club] (ages 4 - 11) [Oct - Apr]
  • Keep Fit (over 50's)
  • JC Kickboxing
  • Pilates
  • Ryhope Karate Club
  • Ryhope Keep Fit Club (over 55's) [term time only]
  • Skinnypigs
  • Slimming World
  • T'ai Chi

For the very young:

  • Active Adults & Toddlers
  • Toddler Group

Arts, Craft and Music Groups:

  • Family Adult & Community Learning Sewing
  • Ryhope Art Group [term time only]


  • Go Online/ Access to Internet Services
  • Basic IT
  • Go Online/Job Search & Benefit Advice


  • Rainbows (age 5 – 7) [term time only]
  • Brownies (age 7 – 10) [term time only]


  • Ryhope Heritage Society

           (2nd Tuesday of the month)

  • Ryhope Reminiscence Group

General Interest:

  • Lunch Club
  • Men’s Den
  • Ryhope Ladies Club [term time only]
  • Ryhope Sea Angling Club

Occasional Activities

The Great Hollywood Musicals - part 2 (film) by Brian Ibinson

The Great Hollywood Musicals - part 2 is the second film by Brian Ibinson telling the story of the great Hollywood musicals.

Part 2 starts with the singing and dancing superstar of the 1930’s Shirley Temple and the great dancer Mr Bojangles.

Followed by Deanna Durbin, the singing sensation of the 1930’s and 40’s who became a recluse after becoming a star.

The great Mario Lanza musicals with his amazing singing voice singing “O Sole Mio” and “Because You’re Mine”.

The Golden Musicals of yesterday like With A Song In My Heart, Funny Girl, The Sound of Music, Hello Dolly, Camelot, Paint Your Wagon, Beauty and The Beast, Oliver, Grease and many more finishing with Phantom Of The Opera.

Hear the stories behind these classic Hollywood musicals and how they came to be made before the film starts.

If you saw the first part, don’t miss the second part as this will take you up to The Phantom Of The Opera.

So why not join us at Ryhope Community Centre for an afternoon of these Great Hollywood Musicals that captivated us all those years ago.

The Great Hollywood Musicals part 2 is on Wednesday 26th February 2020 at Ryhope Community Centre – come along and have an afternoon of pure nostalgia.

Doors open 12:30pm for a 1:00pm start.

Tickets are £2.50 each, available from Ryhope Community Centre, telephone 0191 523 9371 or you can pay at the door.

Supported by City of Sunderland East Area Committee, local Councillors and area funding.

Update on The Grand Cinema, Ryhope

Saturday 29th February 2020 at 2pm in Ryhope Community Centre


The Golden Memories of Seaburn (film) by Brian Ibinson

Brian Ibinson’s film “Golden Memories of Seaburn” is the story of how a quiet lane changed into a seaside resort and became the pride of the North East.

You’ll see how Notrianni’s, The Seaburn Hotel, Seaburn Hall and the fair with the bright coloured kiosks all came to Seaburn. The Wearsiders that crowded the beach in shipyard fortnight making the beach look like tent land. Those endless summer days on the boating lake and at the fair in the 1950’s and waiting at Notrianni’s for hot water to make tea with.

The fair with one of the most daring rides – the big dipper – that dominated the skyline over Seaburn for fifteen years and the illuminations that started in Seaburn in 1949. The forgotten Zoo, the famous fountain, the Pullman Lodge, the Seaburn Centre and ending with Seaburn’s famous Air Show attracting over a million people.

So if you remember Seaburn the way it was come along and have an afternoon of pure nostalgia remembering those hot summer days with the family when you went to the best seaside resort in the North East. The film contains clips of film, photographs and all set to music taking you back to a time not that long ago.

“Golden Days of Seaburn” will be shown at Ryhope Community Centre on Wednesday 25th March 2020. Doors open 12:30pm for a 1pm start.

Tickets are £2.50 each, available from Ryhope Community Centre, telephone 0191 523 9371 or you can pay at the door.

Supported by City of Sunderland East Area Committee, local Councillors and area funding.

Other Brian Ibinson film dates for your Diary (all Wednesdays): May 6th - The Happiest Days of Our Lives – all at Ryhope Community Centre with 12:30pm doors open 1:00pm start.

Other film dates for your Diary:

Wednesday May 6th 2020

The Happiest Days of Our Lives

(film) by Brian Ibinson

This is a taster session being held on Monday 24th February 2020 from 10:00am - 12:00pm at Ryhope Community Centre and will cover basic manicure, nail varnish application and nail art.

A short taster session may lead onto a longer course that will cover manicure, pedicure, nail art, lash and brow treatments, make up application, hot and warm wax, facial treatments, manual tanning and party lash application.

Completion of this could lead to Beauty Therapy Level 1 and Level 2 Beauty Therapy or Nail Technology

Book today quoting the reference number C2525609 either online via: www.wea.org.uk or call (local rate) 0300 303 3464

This course is FREE

Ryhope Community Association