Support Needed: Councillor Wilf Dobinson, chairman of Wear Valley District Council, is hoping that the people of Wear Valley will support his charity fundraising event on New Year's Eve. Tickets for the evening, which features the Rascals, cost £7 and are available from the Civic Centre, Crook; Glenholme Leisure Complex, Crook; Woodhouse Close Leisure Complex; or from Coun Dobinson.

Soccer SHOW: Crook Town AFC are holding a Christmas show featuring rock band Frayed Ends and hypnotist Kevin Star on Saturday, at 8.15pm, in the social club. Tickets costing £3 are available from the social club, committee members or pay at the door.

Neighbourhood Talk: Howden-le-Wear Neighbour-hood Watch will hold a talk on bogus callers and drugs awareness at 2pm on December 28, in Hargill Haven, Howden-le-Wear. Refreshments will be provided, plus transport if required. Contact John Raw on (07950) 811509 or Betty Wood on (01388) 767349.

Charity Night:A line dance featuring Radio Rodeo with Hayley Mac takes place at the Elite Hall, Crook, on Friday, December 28 at 7pm. The event will raise money for Cancer Research and tickets costing £4 are available from Shirley on (01388) 488297 or Susan (01388) 488429.

RAMBLING ON: Crook and Weardale Ramblers are holding a walk on Boxing Day. Walkers should meet at Barnard Castle Post Office at 8.30am. More details from Peter Johnson on (01388) 768404.

Family DiscoS: Crook Cricket Club is holding a family disco, with a visit from Santa on Saturday, from 7pm to 10.30pm. On Christmas Eve a family disco will take place from 7pm to 10pm.

Carol Service: People are invited to sing along to the Wurlitzer organ at a carol service arranged by local churches, courtesy of the North-East Theatre Organ Association, at the new Victoria Centre, Howden-le-Wear, on Saturday, at 6.30pm. Introduction music on the Wurlitzer will be played from 6pm.