Theft warning

FIVE vehicle owners were alerted to the fact they had left valuables on display in their cars, making themselves vulnerable to potential theft. The advice came from officers who were carrying out patrols in Barnard Castle on Wednesday, as Durham constabulary runs an operation to tackle and raise awareness of vehicle related crimes.

Family records

A GENEALOGY day will be held at the Weardale Museum, tomorrow, from 11am to 4.30pm. Light refreshments available as well as slide presentations explaining the museum’s resources and a chance to explore the records of more than 60,000 people. Kenneth Heatherington and Eric Draper, who have extensive experience of families in the Upper and Lower Dale, will be available to guide and assist visitors. For details call 01388-517433.

Picnic fun

A TEDDY bear’s picnic will be held at Wolsingham Club, tomorrow, from 2pm until 4.30pm. Families should bring their own picnic. A bouncy castle, popcorn, candy floss, face painting and tombola will be available. Entry for children is £3 and adults go free. All proceeds will be donated to the Million Miles 4 Money campaign led by taxi driver Paul Hutchinson, who is hoping to raise £10,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Council surgery

DURHAM County Councillor for Ferryhill Peter Atkinson will hold surgery sessions for residents tonight at the Half Moon pub, Kirk Merrington, 6pm to 7pm, and on Monday at Ferryhill Sport and Education Centre, 6.30pm to 7.30pm.

Open garden

RESIDENTS at Alwent Hall, in Teesdale, DL2 3QH, will hold an open gardens day with four gardens, classic cars and vintage tea on Sunday, from 2pm to 5pm. Entry is £3.50, car parking and disabled access available. Proceeds in aid of St Andrew’s Church, in Winston, which needs a new roof.