AN early morning dash to a supermarket filled a prize raffle winner's cupboards with almost £700 worth of free food.

Ian Stidwell, from Brandon, won a trolley dash around the Asda store, in Spennymoor, in a competition run by the town's Rotary Club. Money raised through the event has been shared among Care of the Aged, Spennymoor Town Band, Macmillan Cancer Care and the Catherine Readshaw Bone Marrow Transplant Appeal.

STEAM ADVENTURE: Two steam trains will be travelling through Causey Woods on the Tanfield Railway, near Stanley, on Sunday and Monday, from 11am. For further details, contact 0191-388 7545, or log on to

WALKERS NEEDED: Victim Support County Durham is looking for volunteers to take part in the Great North Walk, on July 13. The charity will pay the registration fee of £12 per walker, but would require each person taking part to raise more in sponsorship. For further details, contact (01207) 590976.

CRICKET FUNDS: Teams will be hurling wellies and negotiating water hazards next week to raise cash for young cricketers. Shotley Bridge Cricket Club holds a competition and fete on Monday, from 1.30pm, on Spa grounds, Shotley Bridge, near Consett. Contestants will be taking part in wellie throwing and a water relay, while visitors can enjoy stalls including a coconut shy and a bouncy castle.

BOBBY DAZZLERS: Trainee police officers at the Centrex training centre, in Durham Police headquarters, raised £1,101 for the Clarke Lister Brain Haemorrhage Foundation, in Peterlee, which aims to provide specialist nurses and counselling for victims and their families.

BRASS SOUNDS: Bearpark and Esh Colliery Band will be playing at Durham's Gala Theatre on Saturday, July 5, at 7.30pm with Alan Morrison, one of the country's leading cornet soloists. Tickets cost £5 for adults and concessions are available. For details, contact 0191-332 4041.

MENU MEETING: The weekly luncheon club held at Sherburn Hill Community Centre, Front Street, Sherburn Hills, meets today between noon and 1.30pm. For further details, contact 0191-372 0024.

DROP IN: People can drop in and obtain advice at Durham Citizens Advice Bureau sessions being held today at Bowburn Community Centre, from 10am to noon; at Sherburn Hill Community Centre, from 12.15pm to 1.30pm; and at Esh Winning Community Centre, from 2pm to 4pm.

LINING UP: A line-dance class will be held today, between 7.30pm and 10.30pm in The Studio restaurant at Durham Gala Theatre. The session costs £2.50.