Elm Ridge Methodist Church in Carmel Road South, is holding a Christingle service at 5pm on Christmas Eve especially for children, but all are welcome.

There is also a midnight service beginning at 11.30pm on Christmas Eve and a family service on Christmas morning at 10am.

WARD SURGERY: North Road Councillors Anne Marie Curry, Fred Lawton and Alan Macnab will be holding a ward surgery for residents on Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm in the Church Hall at St Thomas Aquinas Church, North Road.

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APPEAL BOOST: Generous Asda shoppers have boosted the Darlington Toy Appeal by £200 and 25 toys through the supermarket’s Give a Gift Appeal.