An exercise drop-in session for people aged 40-plus is held on Mondays in the Chester-le-Street Community Association’s centre on Newcastle Bank, Newcastle Road, from 1 to 2pm. The cost is £3.

History group: A history group meets at the Brockwell Centre, Pelton Fell, near Chester-le-Street, on Tuesday afternoons between 1.30 and 3.30pm. For further details about the group call the centre on 0191-389 3399.

Coffee morning : A coffee morning featuring Fair Trade produce is held on Tuesdays between 9 and 11.30am in Chester-le-Street Methodist Church, North Burns, opposite the town’s market place.

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