A CHARITY auction will help boost the coffers of St Cuthbert's Hospice in Durham.

The auction will be held on Saturday, May 17, at Durham Indoor Bowling Club, Abbey Road, Pity Me. The hospice's retail operations manager, Marcia Leathard, who is organising the event, said: "We have a huge collection of antiques and curios, including china, jewellery, linen, glassware, clocks, brass and Coronation and anniversary memorabilia." Doors will open at noon for viewing and the auction will start at 1pm.Admission will cost 50p and refreshments will be available.

CARAVAN TAKEN: Thieves have stolen a caravan and awning from the Hobson Industrial Estate, Burnopfield, near Stanley. The Elldis Vogue 616 special edition caravan was taken between March 9 and March 14. Anyone with information is asked to call police on (01207) 232144.

NEW COURSE: A course on aromatherapy will be held at Park View Community Association, Chester-le-Street. It will be on Wednesdays, from 7pm to 9pm, from April 30. For details, call 0191-388 1043.

REUNION PLANNED: Former pupils of Whinney Hill School, now Durham Johnston School, who left between 1975 and 1980, are planning a reunion. For details, call Karen Harrison on 0191-373 3979.

ORGAN SOCIETY: The North-East Organ Society will meet on Wednesday, at 8pm, in the Red Lion, Chester-le-Street, when Eddie Ruhier will be the guest. For details, call 0191-442 2629.

ROCK NIGHT: Archie Brown and the Young Bucks will perform at Peterlee Football Club, Eden Lane, Peterlee, on Thursday, April 17, at 8pm. Admission is £2.

JAZZ MEN: The River City Jazz Men will perform at the Marquis of Granby, Sunniside, near Gateshead, at 8pm tonight. Admission is free.

DAILY VIGILS: Peace vigils are being held each day by people opposed to the war in Iraq, in Durham Market Place, from 5.30pm to 6.15pm.

TABLE SALE: A table-top sale takes place in Dipton Community Centre on Saturday, April 12, from 10am until noon. Tables are £3 each and can be booked by calling (01207) 571689.

TEA DANCE: A tea dance will be held today in the Abbey Sports Centre, Pity Me, Durham, between 1.30pm and 3.30pm. Admission is £2, including tea and biscuits. For details, call 0191-386 6921.

JAM NIGHT: Tribute band New Age Jam will be performing tonight at The Tavern, Mill Lane, Hebburn, starting at 8pm. Admission is free. For details, call 0191-483 6652.