THE Workers’ Educational Association will run a course exploring the First World War at Clayport Library, Millennium Place, Durham. Sessions will be on Thursdays from 10am to noon, starting this Thursday (May 1) and continuing for seven weeks. Topics include recruitment, the home front, the Birtley Belgians, Thomas Kenny VC, memories and tracing wartime ancestry. For further details, call Margaret Hedley on 07977-546-332.

SHOWCASE EVENT: Durham Youth for Christ will hold a showcase event at Durham City Baptist Church, off Sunderland Road, Gilesgate, Durham, on Friday, June 6, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. There will be a buffet, drama, games and activities. For further details, email:

SHAFTO’S WAY: Durham Ramblers will do a ten-mile walk from Belsay to Shafto Craggs, Northumberland, on Wednesday (April 30) starting at a layby north of Belsay, NE20 0EU, at 10.30am. Call Tony Royston on 0191-383-2295 or 07776-261-749.

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FOODBANK DATE: County Durham Foodbank will hold a collection day at Asda in Stanley on Saturday, May 31, from 10am to 4pm. To volunteer, email:

KING LEAR: The Gala Theatre Durham’s NT Live season of drama streamed live from the National Theatre continues on Thursday (May 1) with William Shakespeare’s King Lear. The show, starring Simon Russell Beale in the title role and directed by Sam Mendes, starts at 7pm. The performance will be repeated on Friday, May 16, at 1pm. Tickets, priced £15, £13 for concessions, £10 for Gala Friends, and £8 for schools – for the matinee only, can be booked by calling 03000-266-600 or online at