Charity seeks help at fair

Help the Aged in Darlington is already looking for volunteers and street performers for a country fair next year. Bands, fortune tellers, face painters and other entertainers are needed to make the event in June a success. Anyone who would like to take part is asked to call (01325) 313924 as soon as possible.

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.

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.

CLUB SOCIAL: Hurworth Community Association is holding a dance on Saturday, December 29, at 8pm, which includes a disco. Tickets cost £5.

CHRISTMAS TEDDY: The raffle of a large teddy bear at Teesside International Airport during the Alpha Retail staff's duty free Christmas sale raised £250 for St Teresa's Hospice, in Darlington. The teddy was won by Andrew McGreevy, a baggage handler at the airport.

LEGO APPEAL: The technology department at Longfield School, Darlington, is appealing for people with unwanted Technical Lego sets or made- up models to donate them for use in teaching themes such as pneumatics, gearing and pulley systems.

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.

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

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