New date for forum meeting

A meeting of Sedgefield Borough Council's Area 1 Forum, due to be held at Kirk Merrington Village and Community Centre, had to be cancelled last night.

The meeting, which covers the Spennymoor and Tudhoe areas, was called off because of the large number of people who were unable to attend. The meeting has been rescheduled for Monday, January 7 in the Council Chamber, Town Hall, High Street, Spennymoor, at 6.30pm. Members are asked to bring the agenda which has already been issued.

CAR DAMAGED: The nearside wing mirror of a Kia motor car was ripped off and the aerial removed while it was parked on Deleval Close, Newton Aycliffe, at about 1.50am on Sunday morning, causing £55 worth of damage.

PLAYER STOLEN: A Sony CD player, valued at £500, was stolen from a BMW 316 on the driveway of a house at The Spinney, Woodham, Newton Aycliffe, between 11pm on Saturday and 9am on Sunday.

CAMERA THEFT: A compact camera, pair of binoculars, Maglite torch and Tog 24 bag, valued at about £350, were stolen from a Saab 9000 in the car park of Hardwick Country Park, near Sedgefield, between 9am and 10am on Sunday.

POULTRY SALE: Christmas poultry from Wear Valley farms will be on sale in Bishop Auckland on Thursday, from noon.

CHARITY TRIP: Tickets are still available for a three-day trip to London next month. Profits from the trip, which costs £102, will be donated to the Cancer Research Campaign. The price includes return coach travel from Barnard Castle and Darlington, and accommodation at the Tower Thistle Hotel. For details, or to book, contact Ian Douglas, on (01833) 650638, or Burrells Coaches, on (01833) 621302.

DRAMA PROJECT: Performing arts pupils at Greenfield Community and Arts College in Newton Aycliffe have put together a drama project based around issues of drug use and drug abuse. The production will be taken around the area and performed to other schools to highlight the problems facing young people.

COMMITTEE MEETING: A meeting of Sedgefield Borough Council's scrutiny committee 3, covering regeneration and environment, takes place at the council offices, Green Lane, Spennymoor, today, at 10am.

FESTIVE FOOD: Sales and promotions staff at Teesside International Airport have been spreading festive cheer to travel agents in Tees Valley. Executive Ruth Conner visited agents with boxes of mince pies. "We just thought it would be nice to lift spirits and bring some Christmas cheer," she said.

CHURCH EVENT: The parish church of St James the Great in Albert Hill, Darlington will be celebrating on Christmas Eve with Holy Mass on 9.30am and midnight mass at 11.30pm. On Christmas Day there will be Mass of the Dawn at 9am and Mass of the Day at 10am.