HOUGHALL Horticultural Society’s next meeting will be held in the conference hall of East Durham College’s Houghall campus, near Durham City, on Tuesday, January 8, at 7.30pm. The subject is: Durham gardens in bloom.

SHOPPERS’ SERVICE: St Andrew’s Methodist Church, in Coxhoe, will hold its monthly Shoppers’ Service on Saturday, January 5, from 10am to 10.30am. The speaker is lay preacher Tony Whiting.

POULTRY OK: Amber Real Estate Investments has been granted planning permission to upgrade a poultry unit at The Poultry Farm, Potterhouse Lane, Pity Me, near Durham. The project will see eight sheds demolished and replaced with three new sheds and two service buildings.

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MULTIPLE OCCUPATION: Durham County Council planning officials have given the go-ahead for the first and second floors of 91 Claypath, Durham City, to be converted from hotel accommodation to an apartment in multiple occupation.