FOUR BAILED: Three men from Darlington and one from Staindrop have been arrested and questioned by police over the alleged theft of a black and silver Mitsubishi L200, which was reported missing from a farm at Forest-in-Teesdale. All four have been released on police bail and inquiries are continuing.

DIESEL STOLEN: Fifty gallons of diesel was stolen from a fuel tank on a farm at Cleatlam, near Barnard Castle, sometime overnight between Tuesday, February 25 and the following morning. The thieves filled ten five-gallon drums belonging to the farm to ship the fuel. Anyone with information should contact Barnard Castle police on 101.

GET MESSY: Etherley Churches Together has organised a Messy Church session at the Methodist Chapel, High Etherley, at 3.25pm on Tuesday, March 11. All children are welcome and must be accompanied by a responsible adult. The theme will be Gethsemane, in preparation for Easter. Arts and crafts will be followed by a meal.

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ART EVENING: A Meet the Artists evening has been organised at The Witham, Horsemarket, Barnard Castle, on Thursday, March 6, between 6pm and 9pm. There will be a chance to meet the 11 artists whose work is currently on show at The Witham.

LANDSCAPE WORK: An exhibition of pictures by landscape photographer Joe Cornish will be unveiled on Saturday, March 2, at The NeST Gallery, Newgate, Barnard Castle. It takes place from 2pm to 4pm.

SPORTSMAN'S NIGHT: Former England international footballer Steve Hodge will speak at a fundraising event organised by Etherley Junior Cricket Club on Friday, March 21. Also on the bill is comedian Seth Shildon. The event will feature a pie and peas supper plus raffle. Tickets are £15. For details call 07906-785235.

STAGE GROUP: Gainford Drama Club will perform three one-act plays written by Noel Coward in 1935. Hands Across the Sea, Fumed Oak and Still Life will be staged at the village hall from Thursday, March 27 to Saturday March 29 and Wednesday, April 2, to Saturday, April 5. For tickets, call 01325-730485 after 6pm or go to

ANNUAL MEETING: The Winston Village Hall charitable trust will hold its annual general meeting in the hall on Monday, March 10, starting at 8pm. All villagers are welcome to attend and take part in the voting. For further details, go to

BIG FUNDRAISER: A ceilidh to raise money for Gainford's Big Weekend will take place in the village hall on Saturday, March 22, at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 and ceilidh-goers should take their own nibbles and drinks. For details, call 07706-838462 or 01325-732047.

ASH WEDNESDAY: The Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, based at St Osmund's RC Church, Gainford, will mark the start of Lent on Wednesday, March 5, with mass led by father Ian Grieves at 10am followed by coffee in the parish house.